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Homes heighten security after PCSO heads out to offer SmartWater kits

Posted on 22nd March 2013
PCSO-Hayley-Grundy-installing-SW-kits-Farley-Hill---22032013 PCSO Hayley Grundy handed out SmartWater kits in Farley Hill

A number of homes in the Farley Hill area of Matlock have been equipped with high-tech anti-burglary SmartWater kits.

PCSO Hayley Grundy visited residents on Tuesday, March 19 and helped them protect their homes and valuables with the special crime prevention packs.

SmartWater is a fluid that can be painted onto items such as TVs, laptops, phones and even cars. It shows up under UV light and a unique code links property to its owner, meaning that if an item is stolen and later recovered, it can be returned easily.

The kits were provided by the Derbyshire Dales Community Safety Partnership, which is led by the police and Derbyshire Dales District Council.

Warning signs alerting people that homes in Farley Hill are protected by SmartWater have also gone up in the area.

PCSO Grundy, from Matlock Safer Neighbourhood Team, said: “The kits both reassurance to people that they have an extra layer of security, and warn would-be criminals that the homes are protected.

“Burglars know how SmartWater works and that it can easily pin them to a crime scene, so they should think twice about targeting properties in our community.”

PCSO Grundy also signed several residents up to Derbyshire Alert, the free police messaging service used by officers to send short snippets of information about crime prevention, trends and any suspicious activity to be on the watch for.

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