11th Dec, 2018

Bromsgrove villages to become SmartWater areas

Tristan Harris 29th Sep, 2018 Updated: 29th Sep, 2018

BROMSGROVE’S Fairfield, Wildmoor and Stoneybridge are the latest villages to become SmartWater areas after a several organisations joined forces.

Fairfield Village Community Association (FVCA) teamed up with Belbroughton and Fairfield Parish Council and West Mercia Police to supply all households in those areas with the SmartWater kit for free.

It enables residents to mark their valuables with the high-tech liquid which has its own unique chemical code similar to DNA.

Then if property is stolen and recovered it can be returned to its rightful owner.

And because of the reliability of SmartWater, items marked with it can even be used as evidence to build a criminal case against the perpetrator.

It has been credited with hundreds of convictions and has a 100 per cent conviction rate in court.

The packs were funded by the parish council and the West Mercia Police and Crime Commissioner’s Office and signs have been put up to warn potential burglars and thieves the villages are now SmartWater areas.

FVCA spokesperson, Raglan Palmer said everyone was grateful to the parish council and police and crime commissioner’s office.

“SmartWater and the signage are two tools to help reduce the likelihood of an offence taking place.

“Local intelligence is also needed, and residents are encouraged to report any suspicious activity that they see to the police and with the Fairfield Neighbourhood Watch Group.

“Working together as a community we can give criminals the cold shoulder and help create a safer neighbourhood.”

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