New 'SmartWater' system to protect Islington homes from burglary
By abi_silvester | Monday, February 20, 2012, 12:38
The council has announced this morning that hundreds of homes in the borough will be better protected against burglars thanks to funding they've just received for a new crime deterrent.
SmartWater is a new chemical deterrent against would-be burglars
The SmartWater system marks valuables with a unique chemical "trace" that makes it easy for police to identify and return stolen goods. Signs and stickers warn would-be thieves to stay away because the property is protected.
Now more than £4,000 of funding has been agreed for SmartWater kits by Islington's North MAGPI panel, which is run by Islington Council with police, social landlords, street outreach services and other partners.
More than 200 kits will be distributed to local homes identified as at risk by local police Safer Neighbourhood Teams in Hillrise, Junction, Tollington and St George's wards. Police will also carry out extra anti-burglar patrols in the area.
The funding comes after a successful previous SmartWater initiative in the same area, also funded through MAGPI.
Cllr Barbara Sidnell, Islington Council executive member for community safety, said: "We're on the side of residents, and committed to a safer Islington with less crime and anti-social behaviour.
"This funding will give extra protection and peace of mind to local people and will make burglars think twice. It's a simple message - if you break into a home in Islington, you now stand a bigger chance of getting caught."
Chief Inspector Claire Clark in charge of Neighbourhood Policing for Islington Police said:" This is part of a joint initiative to crack down on burglary in Islington.
"Our Safer Neighbourhoods teams will be carrying out extra reassurance patrols and distributing the kits to vulnerable people and repeat victims to help them protect their property.
"Islington police are committed to reducing crime and safeguarding residents. If you need burglary crime prevention advice contact your local Safer Neighbourhoods team."
Islington's four MAGPI panels help to target crime and anti-social behaviour across the borough. They also award funding for local anti-crime initiatives.