Anti-burglary SmartWater initiative launched – Botley and Cumnor

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South & Vale officers have launched an anti-burglary SmartWater initiative in partnership with the South & Vale Community Safety Partnership (CSP) to help reduce the risk of becoming a victim of burglary.

On Saturday (18/8) and Sunday (19/8) officers from Abingdon Neighbourhood Policing Team visited local residents of 115 properties in Botley and Cumnor following a recent increase in burglaries in the area.

Officers were out and about knocking on doors giving crime prevention advice, offering free home security surveys and signing residents up to the Thames Valley Alert system.

In addition to this, officers were able to hand out free SmartWater kits thanks to funding provided by the South & Vale CSP.

SmartWater is a forensic marking solution that protects property, deters thieves and helps the police convict criminals. It contains a unique forensic code that is registered to an address or location. Any items marked can be traced back to where it came from and link criminals to a crime series. It is invisible in natural light but glows brightly under ultraviolet (UV) light.

The weekend of activity proved to be a huge success with six streets now able to mark their property with SmartWater and register their belongings on the database. The Neighbourhood team hope to roll out further SmartWater kits to more areas in the future.

Abingdon Neighbourhood Sergeant Tim Pavey said: “‘I am very grateful to everyone who took the time to speak with the team about how SmartWater can help us all in the fight against burglary.

“To have such a big take up is really positive and a brilliant example of the community, police and the CSP working together to make it harder for criminals to commit crime in our area. I am confident it will have a positive effect in both deterring criminals and bringing them to justice.”

Cllr Elaine Ware, Cabinet Member for Community Safety at Vale of White Horse District Council said, “We were really pleased to be able to purchase 500 new SmartWater kits, which compliments the work the partnership does to prevent our residents in becoming a victim of a crime.”

For those local to South & Vale, you can follow the team’s activity on Twitter at @tvpsouthandvale or follow the local Facebook page.

For regular updates on crime and security advice in your area, you can sign up to Thames Valley Alerts or visit the Thames Valley Police website for more crime prevention advice.

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