Crime-busting kits handed to residents

HOMEOWNERS in Hathersage are to benefit from a hi-tech crime-busting device.

Police from Hathersage Safer Neighbourhood Team have offered SmartWater kits to a number of residents in Moorland Road and Sheffield Road.

The kits will be used to mark valuable items – including TVs, laptops and even cars – with a UV fluid.

This fluid contains a unique code that can be identified under UV light and helps police reunite the owner with those items if they are stolen and recovered.

It can be used to link a criminal with a crime scene as the unique codes transfer to skin and clothing.

PCSO Anthony Boswell, who led the drive, said: “SmartWater is a fantastic way for people to protect themselves and their belongings.

“It’s a great deterrent to criminals too.

“They know how these kits work and if they are made aware that items and homes are protected, they will think twice about targeting them.

“We want to help protect our communities and I’m pleased several residents took up this offer,” added PCSEO Boswell.

SmartWater kits have been distributed to hundreds of homes thorughout Derbyshire.

If you have any information about crime, call Derbyshire police on 101 or Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.

To find out more about SmartWater kits or for free crime prevention advice, call 101.