SIGNS have been put up warning burglars they are likely to be caught if they steal
SIGNS have been put up warning burglars they are likely to be caught if they steal from homes in Whitchurch.
More than 80 per cent of residents have painted their possessions with SmartWater, a substance that leaves a permanent and invisible mark.
Each bottle has a unique microscopic “signature”, which is registered on a database so goods can be traced back to their owners.
Last year, police encouraged householders in Whitchurch to buy SmartWater kits by offering them at a subsidised price.
Whitchurch Parish Council supported the campaign, which followed a series of burglaries in the area. Three signs have now been put up at each entrance to the village.
Councillor Harry Butterworth, chairman of the parish council, said: “When the police suggested people took up the SmartWater offer, we immediately agreed to support them.
“I’ve never been a burglar myself but I’m sure this would make them more reluctant to target us.”
Mark Bell, the village’s police community support officer, said: “SmartWater is an effective strategy in reducing crime. It will help people here to protect their property by providing an active deterrent.
“I’m very pleased that the residents of Whitchurch have taken it up and would like to thank them for their ongoing support and co-operation.”