Homes in Merton’s Abbey Ward are benefiting from a unique property marking system.
SmartWater is a property marking system that uses DNA profiling. Each household is given a uniquely coded bottle of SmartWater to mark their property, with the unique code registered on a national database. The mark can then be detected under UV light when stolen property is recovered and a call to the database will establish its owner.
Safer Merton has introduced the pilot project in part of Abbey Ward. The Police Safer Neighbourhoods team for Abbey is visiting all householders in the pilot area to give them a SmartWater pack free of charge and demonstrating how to use it.
Sergeant James Rice of the Safer Neighbourhoods team for Abbey Ward said:
“We are pleased to be part of this pilot scheme. SmartWater has been shown to be successful in reducing burglary and enables police to return any recovered property to its owners.”
Councillor Su Assinen, Abbey Ward Councillor said:
“I am happy to support this initiative which supports our plans for a Safe Clean and Green Merton.”
If the scheme proves successful it will be extended across Abbey Ward later in the year.
To purchase a SmartWater pack or for more information about how you can protect your home from burglary, phone Merton’s Crime Prevention Officers on 020 8649 3249.
NOTES TO EDITORS: Safer Merton is the local Crime and Drugs Reduction Partnership.
Established in 1994, Safer Merton’s partners include a range of agencies including the council and police who work together to reduce problems related to crime, anti-social behavior and drug and alcohol misuse.