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Hope Valley homes boost security by having SmartWater painted on valuables

Posted on 13th August 2013

More than 140 homes across the Hope Valley now have an extra level of security thanks to a campaign to protect them from burglars.

Officers from Hope Valley Safer Neighbourhood Team have visited homeowners in Edale, Castleton, Hope and Bamford to install the kits.

SmartWater is a special UV fluid that contains a unique microscopic code. If items marked with the fluid are stolen and later recovered, the owner of those goods can be traced. It can also be used to pin a suspect to a crime scene.

Tackling burglaries has been a focus for the time for the past few months after residents reported an increase in break-ins.

Together with the local Neighbourhood Watch and Community Safety Partnership, the officers have been offering SmartWater at a discounted price as well as security items such as shed alarms and spotlights.

PCSO Steven Rogers, from the team, said: “We’ve been trying to protect people from becoming burglary victims in different ways and SmartWater is one of the most effective.

“It can help get your valuables back to you if they are stolen and found, but it can also act as a great deterrent.

“Burglars often go for properties they think are an easy target so by having extra security like SmartWater or alarms, you can put them off and prevent a crime from happening in the first place.”

To speak to your Safer Neighbourhood team about crime prevention advice and security kit available to buy, call 101.

You can also report crime or suspicious activity on 101, 999 in an emergency or Crimestoppers, anonymously, on 0800 555 111.

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