Sefton Council has installed crime-fighting and prevention technology, SmartWater, to CCTV posts in Litherland in a bid to tackle anti-social behaviour.
SmartWater is a colourless forensic traceable liquid that can be applied to the surfaces of belongings and valuables. It leaves a uniquely identifiable code which is almost impossible to remove and can only be viewed under ultraviolet light.
Marked items are then registered with a national database, so they can be irrefutably identified if stolen, while the vandals can be linked with the scene of their crime.
Cllr Patricia Hardy, Cabinet Member for Communities and Housing, said: “Unfortunately we have had a number of incidents where vandals have attempted to cut down CCTV posts in order to prevent themselves being caught engaging in anti-social behaviour and crime.
“As a Council we have decided to install SmartWater on the posts as a preventive measure but also to allow us to track down those responsible.
“Anti-social behaviour and crime has no place in our communities and I want to make sure that Litherland residents feel safe and secure in the area they live in.
“SmartWater has been very successful when used for projects by other local Councils, proven to reduce incidents of crime by up to 85% across the country and I hope for similar results here in Sefton.”
Steve Lloyd, SmartWater Technology Ltd Police and Client Support Consultant, said: “We are delighted to be working with Sefton Council on this project.
“Hopefully the installation of SmartWater will make those responsible for this vandalism think twice before attempting it again.”
SmartWater’s forensic marking product is extremely robust and holds Grade A External classification as part of a Publicly Available Specification published by the British Standards Institution (PAS 820:2012). This means it has been independently tested to last up to 5 years in external weather conditions.