13th Nov, 2019

Get smart: Redditch Councillors launch Smartwater in bid to beat crime

Ross Crawford 16th Oct, 2018 Updated: 17th Oct, 2018

A NEW ‘Smartwater’ campaign has been launched in Redditch in a fresh crackdown on crime.

County and Borough Councillor Roger Bennett (Con Redditch South) together with Councillors Brandon Clayton and Craig Warhurst are offering residents of Astwood Bank free Smartwater kits.

The initiative is being supported by West Mercia Police and Crime Commissioner John Campion while Coun Roger Bennett is funding the kits from his divisional funds allocated by Worcestershire County Council.

Councillor Clayton (Con, Redditch North), who chairs the county council said: “Smartwater is proven to prevent burglaries, and it is already acting as an extremely effective deterrent across West Mercia.

“By protecting these additional homes in Astwood Bank we are working to make even more people feel safe and secure.

“By preventing the crime from happening in the first place we are protecting people from becoming victims of crime as well as saving a significant amount of money.”

Borough Councillor Craig Warhurst (Con, Astwood Bank & Feckenham) added: “I am pleased to work with Coun Bennett in this initiative and I believe this system is a great deterrent.

“With the dark nights approaching it is important to deliver this solution quickly to our residents.

“Smartwater consists of a liquid containing a unique code, whose presence can be seen under ultraviolet light – it’s unique to you and your property. “It is statistically proven to help prevent crime and ensure possessions are returned in the unfortunate event of a burglary.”

Smartwater Kits will be made available for collection from St Mathias &St Georges Church Hall, Church Road, Astwood Bank next Saturday, October 27, from 2.30pm to 6.30pm.

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