Protect your home against burglaries
published on 14 June 2018

Tollington Ward Safer Neighbourhoods are offering a free Smartwater property marking kit, which they call “Metrace”.

MetTrace is a Met Police project to reduce burglary across London. We are visiting one in seven homes across the capital, sharing the latest crime prevention advice and giving away free SmartWater property-marking kits.

SmartWater is a way for police to definitively link valuable items to the owner. Almost invisible to the naked eye, the advanced liquid glows yellowy-green under UV light and every bottle has a unique forensic signature. This means if we recover a stolen item that has been marked with SmartWater, such as a bicycle, watches and jewellery to laptops and mobile phones, we can use forensic analysis to identify the address where the SmartWater is registered and return the bike to its rightful owner. It also deters second hand traders from purchasing stolen items.

Not only does it give you peace of mind, it gives police around the UK a better chance of reuniting owners with their recovered items and catching the criminals that benefit from crimes like theft, burglary, robbery and handling stolen goods. To date, the use of SmartWater has had a 100% conviction rate in court and has been proven to reduce burglaries by 85%: Criminals are therefore well aware of it and the risks it poses to them. They know that officers across the UK have been trained to detect SmartWater and will be looking for it routinely, both out on the street and in the police station.

With this in mind, we provide window stickers in every MetTrace pack, to alert any would-be burglar to the fact that your property is marked with SmartWater. Research has proven that criminals avoid targeting premises that display the SmartWater deterrent door and window stickers.

Finally, purchasing a Smartwater costs over £80, as it is top of the range technology, during our campaign, your residents, eligible for it, would get it for free!

Please contact your local safer neighbourhoods policing team to enquire if you are entitled to a free property marking kit:

https://www.police.uk/metropolitan/00AU07N/  and then going to 'Find My Neighbourhood.'

If you live in Tollington ward, contact your neighbourhood office via this email: NI-Tollingtonward@met.police.uk