SmartWater signs aim to deter criminals

November 10 2020
SmartWater signs aim to deter criminals

Signs showing that Battenhall residents are protecting their valuable items with state-of-the-art technology have gone up around the ward.

The property-marking SmartWater system has been taken up by people in households in Battenhall.

SmartWater is applied to items and its forensic code can identify whether they have been stolen.

Conservative Worcestershire county councillor Steve Mackay, who represents Battenhall, rolled out the initiative across Battenhall after its successful earlier introduction in St Peter’s.

He said: “Marking property with a unique coding has proved to be effective in reducing burglaries and thefts.

“I started the property marking initiative a couple of years ago, purchasing SmartWater kits in conjunction with the [West Mercia] Police and Crime Commissioner.

“As time has gone by, I have been able to pass them on to residents across St Peter’s, either by visiting homes or meeting people at a particular venue.

“Due to the lockdown and restrictions on contact that had to stop but I arranged for the kits to be posted to numerous homes in the Battenhall area.”

He added: “I really would encourage people to use them and place a sticker on their windows to show they are protected.

“I will continue with the project to get the best possible coverage.

“The signs that have been put up around Battenhall to show the area is secure will go further in trying to prevent burglaries and thefts and give police more time to concentrate on other issues.”