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500 Smartwater kits are given out

By Ashbourne News Telegraph  |  Posted: January 11, 2013

By GARETH BUTTERFIELD

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PEOPLE in Ashbourne have been among 500 of the district’s residents receiving free crime-busting kits as part of a crime prevention campaign.

Free Smartwater kits were given out last year as part of a door-to-door initiative run by Derbyshire Dales District Council, Derbyshire Police and a handful of other organisations in response to a spate of burglaries in the Trees estate of Ashbourne.

The free kits were issued to residents in Ashbourne and Brailsford and the scheme was rolled out to other force areas including Hathersage and Tansley.

Derbyshire Dales Inspector Bryan Hall said: “We wanted local people to know that police forces throughout the UK are now trained to look for SmartWater, and the response from Derbyshire Dales residents was extremely positive.

“They clearly appreciate that SmartWater can be a very useful tool in the fight against crime.

“Having Smartwater signage up also acts as a deterrent, telling any would-be burglar that your property is marked and registered so harder for them to dispose of.”

SmartWater is an invisible liquid that fluoresces green under ultra-violet light and contains a unique forensic fingerprint that links property to its owner and criminals to a crime scene.

To find out more call Ashbourne Police on 101.

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