Safer Neighbourhood Team July 2016

img010How safe is your home from Burglars? Do you own things of sentimental value, which would be impossible to replace? Or things which could be replaced but at a cost? Your possessions may mean a lot to you but to a thief they are just another way of making easy cash. Would you be able to describe them fully and accurately to the police? It’s not that easy, particularly if all you have to rely on is your memory. Every year, property worth hundreds of thousands of pounds is recovered by the police and not returned to its rightful owners, simply because it can’t be properly identified.
Property marking deters thieves. They find identifiable property harder to handle and difficult to dispose of. It also helps police to return your property if it is found. If a suspect has property we believe is stolen but we cannot prove it, we can not charge them with an offence and worse, we may have to give the property back to them.

Forensic marking systems are highly effective. They use a colourless liquid that is simply dabbed onto possessions. It’s almost invisible to the naked eye and virtually impossible to remove. It glows under ultra-violet light making it easy for police to detect. Each bottle contains a unique chemical code which is registered to you – conclusively proving ownership. Criminals know about forensic marking and fear its ability to forensically link them with the scene of a crime. By coding your valuables and displaying deterrent signs, you are sending out a warning to any potential thieves and burglars who may be operating in your area. Smartwater is just one of the forensic marking systems available. If you would like to purchase Smartwater or find out more information, visit or call 0800 521 669. If purchasing, don’t forget to quote discount code WDBCRIME25