PROTECTING OUR

RURAL COMMUNITIES

SUPPRESSING CRIME IN RURAL COMMUNITIES

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:

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.

A GROWING PROBLEM

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

£42.5m

the cost of crime to the rural economy in 2015

£2.9m

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

39%

increase in rural theft in some areas of the country

TOP 5 ITEMS MOST STOLEN FROM RURAL LOCATIONS IN 2015*

1. ATV / QUAD BIKES

2. MACHINERY

3. FARM AND COMMERCIAL TOOLS

4. EQUESTRIAN TRANSPORT AND EQUIPMENT

  5. PERSONAL EFFECTS / TRACTORS

*Taken from NFUM Rural Report 2016

PROTECTING OUR RURAL COMMUNITIES

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:

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Churches:
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

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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

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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

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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

FOCUS ON:

STONE MARKING

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.

Visit our shop for more information on the packages available.

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

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   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   

JASON MCCARTNEY, MP, COLNE VALLEY (WEST YORKSHIRE)

FOCUS ON:

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.

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   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.  

WILL SMITH, MEMBERSHIP MANAGER, ANGLING TRUST

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  • “Police Scotland continues to work alongside our communities and relevant partners to tackle housebreaking and protect people’s homes and belongings from acquisitive criminals. read more

    Superintendent Matt Richards, Police Scotland
  • “Theft of metal is a serious crime and has had a devastating effect on a large number of our customers since 2007. read more

    David Bonehill, Claims and Risk Services Director, Ecclesiastical Insurance Group (EIG)
  • “SmartWater has been central to reducing burglary in the borough of Brent and for building more confidence within our communities. read more

    Chief Superintendent Matt Gardner, Borough Commander for Brent, Metropolitan Police Service
  • “The after-sale service that SmartWater continues to provide to Thames Water is truly outstanding. As a Security Specialist I have to react very quickly to changing situations and knowing that I can rely on the support. read more

    Jon Lorimer, Security Specialist, Thames Water
  • “Our collaboration with SmartWater has enabled us to identify cable theft risks and to respond quickly to emerging trends in order to implement proactive mitigation plans, particularly through tactical deployments… read more

    Liam Sumpter, Area Director, Network Rail

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