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Making our mark on crime prevention

On Tuesday, I spoke at the launch of MetTrace, a burglary reduction initiative by the Metropolitan Police, in partnership with local authorities.

Burglary is a terrible crime that blights the lives of our residents and Lambeth Labour made a manifesto commitment to help residents at risk of burglary with new locks and advice. That’s why it’s such good news that Lambeth is currently benefiting from a 25% reduction in burglary.  That’s around 652 fewer victims of burglary in the last 12 months.  This is thanks to the hard work and commitment of our Police partners in preventing this crime and to Council- funded burglary reduction initiatives like Lock it and Stop it.

Lambeth’s burglary reduction figures are better then the rest of London but the Council and the Met Police are committed to further progress in preventing this crime.

That’s why we’re supporting MetTrace, which is offering free traceable liquid property marking kits to neighbourhoods that have suffered from the highest volume of burglary in the last 3 years. The Met aim to deliver 20,000 SmartWater kits in Lambeth alone in the next three years.

The kits contain an invisible property marking solution. Owners mark their possessions with a unique forensic code and are asked to display warning stickers on their windows to deter burglars. This code can then be used by the police to trace the items should they ever be stolen and to link suspects and to crime scenes.

This is an extension of a year-long, London-based trial that showed that deploying forensic traceable liquids, like SmartWater, led to an average 45% reduction in burglary, with some areas experiencing reductions as high as 89%.

I would encourage everybody receiving one of these kits to use it as soon as possible. All it takes is a quick mark on your property, which can’t even be seen. SmartWater technology has been proven to help deter and catch criminals and make London a safer place to live for all.

Cllr Jane Edbrooke,

Cabinet Member for Neighbourhoods


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