Marking a way to protect vehicles - The Redditch Standard

Marking a way to protect vehicles

Redditch Editorial 12th Feb, 2022   0

REDDITCH Police Safer Neighbourhood Team are holding SmartWater marking sessions for drivers’ catalytic converters to deter thieves from stealing them.

The first session took place on Friday  at Halfords and further marking sessions will take place next week.

Motorists who want their catalytic converters marked are urged to go to Kwik Fit, Meadow Road, between 8.30am and 10am on Tuesday, February 15.

The next marking session will be between 8.30am and 10am on Wednesday, February 16, at Kwik Fit, Oxleasows Road East, Moons Moat Drive.




The actions are being carried out as part of National Metal Theft Week.

PCSO Ryan Peasley from Redditch SNT said: “We want to raise awareness of this type of crime, as well as prevent similar steals in the future.”


Smartwater is a water-based solution used to mark valuables. Because each bottle has its own unique code – similar to DNA – it allows police to identify the owner of the property and potentially the person who has stolen it.

SmartWater has led to thieves been convicted and seen valuables returned.

Catalytic converters are often targeted by thieves because they contain a number of precious metals.

Anyone with information on metal thefts that have taken place in Redditch should call 101.

Visit westmercia.police.uk for more crime prevention advice.

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