Staff from SmartWater and officers from the Metropolitan Police’s MetTrace team won the award for Outstanding Security Partnership and received it in front of more than 330 fellow security professionals who attended the event at the London Marriott Hotel in Grosvenor Square.
The OSPAs recognise and reward companies, partnerships and individuals from across the national security sector. It is designed to be both independent and inclusive providing an opportunity for outstanding performers to be recognised and their success celebrated. The criteria for the awards are based on extensive research that contributes to and characterises outstanding performance. This is the first time that the awards have been held in the UK.
The event saw the Met and SmartWater nominated alongside seven other security partnerships across 14 award categories.
Detective Chief Superintendent Iain Raphael, who has led the project from the beginning, said:
“I am delighted that MetTrace and SmartWater have been formally recognised as an outstanding partnership by the security sector.
“Since the start of the project three years ago, there have been 3,000 less burglaries in MetTrace areas. Looking at this another way for policing this means that over 56,000 police officer hours can be focused in other areas. For me this highlights both the importance and impact crime prevention and private/public approaches can deliver and we need to do more of this.
“I’d like to give my personal thanks to all the officers and staff that have helped roll the strategy out to over 232,000 homes across London. The difference you are making to families is huge.”
Alan Given of SmartWater, said:
“SmartWater is delighted that the ground-breaking work we are undertaking in partnership with the Met has been recognised at the Outstanding Security Performance Awards. Protecting 440,000 homes across London is a significant challenge, but one that has seen burglary vastly reduced at a speed not witnessed in London before.
Working in partnership with the Met is both exciting and humbling and we are grateful that the Met has engaged with the SmartWater Strategy to the point where Londoners are seeing and feeling significant benefits. We are proud to be helping the Met make London a safer place by transferring fear from victims to the criminals.”
The Met is continuing to roll-out out the innovative property marking system named MetTrace, in partnership with Smartwater, into properties across London under the MetTrace programme. Residents are provided with a kit, to mark their property with a unique code identifiable to any police officer or second hand goods buyer.