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Alvaston residents get Smart about home security during crime prevention campaign

Posted on 1st April 2014

Police helped people in part of Derby safeguard their homes from burglars after a recent rise in break-ins.

Officers from Alvaston and Boulton Safer Neighbourhood Teams headed out on the beat armed with a number of crime prevention tools.

These included high-tech SmartWater property marking kits, which people can use to dab their valuables with UV glue containing a unique code.

The operation, which was led in partnership with Derby City Council, saw officers visiting a number of homes in Boulton Lane, Alvaston, to hand out the kits.

The teams also gave away items such as shed alarms to combat a rise in the number of break-ins in the area.

Sergeant Simon Hawley, who leads Boulton Safer Neighbourhood Team, said: “These vents give us a great opportunity to head out and talk to people about crime prevention techniques.

“We’ve had break-ins recently so it’s important for us to get the message out as widely as possible and give people useful tips on what they can do to protect themselves.

“The city council provided some of the kit such as shed alarms and these kinds of campaigns are always well-received by local people.”

SmartWater kits work by painting a UV fluid containing microscopic dots onto valuables. If an item is stolen and later recovered, experts can find the unique code, trace the owner and return their belongings to them.

To find out more, call your local Safer Neighbourhood team on 101.

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