Every year rural crime costs millions of pounds and causes untold anxiety to home and business owners across the UK. With police resources increasingly stretched and focused elsewhere, many rural communities feel cut off and vulnerable to criminal attacks.

The use of SmartWater® is increasingly prolific within rural areas and is being successfully used to protect all kinds of property, assets, infrastructure and equipment, including:



Plant and






Horse tack


Metals and



SmartWater forensic marking products hold Grade A External classification as part of a Publicly Available Specification published by the British Standards Institution (PAS 820:2012). This means our forensic products have been independently tested to last the equivalent of 5 years in external weather conditions.


Every year leading rural insurer, NFU Mutual, issues a rural crime survey to policyholders, providing a unique insight into the scale of the problem.



the cost of crime to the rural economy in 2015


the total cost to the UK for livestock thefts in 2015 - an increase of 7%


increase in rural theft in some areas of the country



















  *Taken from NFUM Rural Report 2016 



According to the National Rural Crime Network, 39% of people living and working in rural communities are worried about being a victim of crime, compared to 19% nationally. SmartWater gives you long term peace of mind by proving an effective and proven crime deterrent. 

Some of the many ways that SmartWater can be used within rural locations include:



SmartWater continues to partner with the Church Insurance sector
to protect over 23,000 churches from the theft of lead and
other precious metals. Visit our heritage page for more information


Agriculture, Industry and Smallholdings:
For businesses we offer a range of off-the-shelf and bespoke solutions
to suit small working farms through to large industrial facilities.
For more information email our enquiry team


Isolated communities:
Created for police and local authorities, deployment of our "SmartWater Village" programmes provide blanket of protection for entire rural communities.
For more information email our enquiry team


Equestrian and personal use:
SmartWater offers a generic form of property protection and so can be used to protect all kinds of personal possessions, including horse tack, trailers, quad bikes, lawn mowers and fencing.
Click here to visit our web shop




Following the government's crackdown on the scrap metal industry, thieves have been increasingly switching their attention to slate and stone.

With thefts being reported from pavements, roads, farms, homes, schools and churches, the media and government are now citing this blight on our heritage as an 'epidemic' that requires urgent action.

SmartWater has created a bespoke forensic solution specifically to protect stone, proividing irrefutable traceability to flagstones, bricks, dry stone walls, paving and other porous surfaces.

Call 0800 521 669 to find out more.


Our partners at Ecclesiastical Insurance have provided additional information about the protection of stone works from churches.
Click here for more information.


I would like to praise West Yorkshire Police for their action so far in tackling the epidemic of stone thefts. They have launched a campaign using SmartWater – a uniquely-coded forensic liquid that shows up under an ultraviolet lamp. It means that stone merchants or police can easily identify whether stone is stolen, and if so, it can be traced back to its original location



As official governing body, the Angling Trust strives to protect the rights of anglers across the UK, so that they can continue to do what they love most.

Earlier in 2014, the Trust had identified a major threat that was blighting the angling community, tackle theft. To combat this alarming trend, Angling Trust partnered up with SmartWater in an initiative that would see its members provided with a specially formulated security product for the protection of angling equipment.



As an angler I know how precious my fishing tackle is to me, both monetarily and sentimentally. SmartWater provides a very effective method of protecting fishing tackle from the risk of theft. It also fits perfectly within the Angling Trust’s participation in the Government’s drive to reduce rural crime.



Devon Police celebrate 90 per cent drop in allotment thefts


A police project aimed at reducing thefts from Exeter allotments has produced dramatic results.

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Partnership to combat stone thefts from churches


Ecclesiastical Insurance Group has partnered with SmartWater to help tackle the problem of stone thefts from churches.

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A recent surge in stone thefts from historic dry walls, schools, farms, homes and churches has led to the matter being debated in the Houses of Parlia...

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THames Valley Police announce newest 'SmartWater Village'


Thames Valley Police has announced that Whitchurch-on-Thames has become the latest ‘SmartWater village’ in the Thames Valley region.

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    Inspector Simon Crick, Hackney Police, Metropolitan Police Service

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    Councillor Chris Bond, Cabinet Member for Environment and Community Safety, Enfield Council

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    Sergeant Fergus Caulfield, Essex Police

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    John Stevenson, Operations Manager (Residential Accommodation), University of the West of Scotland

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    Inspector Bryan Hall, Derbyshire Police

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    Gary Lumb, Community Safety Manager, Wakefield and District Housing

  • “When we started this project with the Huddersfield Crime Prevention Panel and SmartWater, we were confident that it would lead to a reduction in the number of thefts of stone. A 43 per cent reduction in thefts is, h... Read More »

    Mark Wall, Crime reduction officer for Kirklees, West Yorkshire Police

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    Mark Diffey, Director, MEMS Power Generation

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    David Evans, Harbour Master for the River Hamble

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    Inspector Mark Barlow, Newcastle Borough Local Policing Team, Northumbria Police

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    Councillor Sophie Linden, Deputy Mayor of Hackney Council, London Borough of Hackney

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    Sergeant Nick Reason, Derbyshire Police

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    Detective Sergeant Madeline Ryder, Brent Police, Metropolitan Police Service

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