Darley Dale residents can get smart about fighting crime

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Smart-thinking Darley Dale residents have the chance to sign up on Monday (20 January) to a hi-tech way to beat crime.

SmartWater kits will be given out to local people thanks to an initiative led by Derbyshire Dales District Council and Derbyshire police.

Free kits will be available from a mobile police support vehicle parked in the Lime Grove area of Darley Dale from 2.30-5pm and on The Parkway between 6-8pm. A crime prevention team will also knock on doors, inviting residents to sign up to Derbyshire Alert, the police’s community messaging system

SmartWater is an invisible liquid that fluoresces green under ultra-violet (UV) light and contains a unique forensic fingerprint. With over two billion combinations, SmartWater links property to its owner and criminals to a crime scene.

Derbyshire Dales District Council Leader Councillor Lewis Rose OBE, who is also Chairman of Derbyshire Dales Community Safety Partnership, said: “Every crime has a cost, as does fear of crime, so we make a point of visiting people in their homes with measures to help them stay safe.

“Thankfully the Derbyshire Dales remains one of the safest places in the UK to live, work and visit, but we refuse to be complacent.”

The SmartWater campaign has been running for over a year, targeting at-risk and rural areas of the Derbyshire Dales. Crime prevention advice is given by the campaign team, with a free SmartWater kit to protect valuables and other property. The kits include a supply of Smartwater, signs to tell would-be burglars that a house is protected, and registration so that any missing property can be returned.

Where no-one was at home, team members left a calling card with security tips, entitling residents to claim a free SmartWater kit from their local police station.

To report suspicious activity or if you have any information about crime, call Derbyshire police on 101, the non-emergency number. Alternatively you can call Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.

For further advice contact your local Safer Neighbourhood policing team on 101. Sign up for Derbyshire Alert online at www.derbyshirealert.co.uk