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We Don't Buy Crime

By Town Clerk's Office Bewdley Town Council

Thursday, 9 February 2017

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Rural areas in Bewdley become We Don’t Buy Crime ‘no go’ areas for burglars

A large rural area in Wyre Forest which is covered by the Bewdley and Rural Safer Neighbourhood Team will become totally protected with a state of the art property marking system as part of a Warwickshire Police and West Mercia Police initiative.

Every household in the Parishes of Rock, Kidderminster Foreign and Arley, Shatterford and Pound Green is being visited and has been offered the chance to security mark their property free of charge with SmartWater. This is part of a new We Don't Buy Crime campaign aimed at tackling all forms of acquisitive crime.

Telford-based SmartWater manufactures and supplies cutting-edge forensic marking products which can be used to protect all manner of valuables, business assets and vehicles. Every bottle of the liquid carries a unique forensic code which is registered to a specific address. Once applied it is almost impossible to remove and can only be seen under ultraviolet (UV) light.

Police Officers and Police Community Support Officers from Safer Neighbourhood Teams in Wyre Forest spent three days in November delivering the product to people’s houses and supporting residents to mark their property.  Members of the Bewdley Safer Neighbourhood Team are continuing to visit the remaining few houses.

T/Superintendent Tom Harding said: "The old saying goes that 'prevention is better than the cure' and this is very true for burglary. Until you have been burgled you can't appreciate the impact of someone coming into your property and going through your personal belongings.

"We owe it to the community we serve to constantly strive to improve and look to work in smarter ways as a police force. Having a company with the know how and track record of SmartWater on our doorstep, it made perfect sense to look at how we could work with them to benefit our communities."

"It's not just about being able to return stolen goods to their rightful owner; protecting your property with SmartWater also acts as a huge deterrent to burglars because they know that they and the goods they steal can be linked back to a particular property."

Gary Higgins, Director of Security Services for SmartWater, said: "This is a very exciting project generated in direct response to the fight against rural crime. Research carried out by the National Rural Crime Network reports that rural crime could be costing the UK economy as much as £800 million per year and is having a significant impact on the daily lives of our rural communities.

"SmartWater has a proven track record in reducing crime, particularly burglary, criminals know and fear our brand and we want them to know that the police are actively looking for SmartWater across the West Mercia and Warwickshire force areas."

The We Don't Buy Crime campaign
The SmartWater delivery is the first part of a new wider campaign aimed at tackling a whole range of acquisitive crime. DCI Harding explained: "This is just the first part of the We Don't Buy Crime campaign, the aim of which is to make the whole of the West Mercia and Warwickshire policing areas as hostile as possible for anyone who looks to profit from other people's misery.

"Another key part of the campaign will be launching a new initiative with second-hand dealers aimed at making it as difficult as possible for criminals to sell on stolen goods.

"Other initiatives will include deploying covert tracker bicycles and cars throughout the region aimed at catching criminals red-handed.

"Through this campaign we will be sending out a strong message to burglars, thieves, robbers, shoplifters and pickpockets that you are not welcome in the region and if you persist in your behaviour we will make life extremely difficult for you."

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