FORENSIC technology is being used by Harborough District Council in a bid to deter would-be metal thieves.
The authority has applied SmartWater to all of its property across the district – from play equipment to Harborough’s War Memorial. Equipment and tools such as chainsaws and drills used by the council’s Quick Response Team have also been marked with the liquid.
It follows a spate of thefts in recent months. In February thieves stole an ornamental railing from a grave at Harborough’s Northampton Road cemetery, while the lead flashing was also taken from ground floor windows at the district council’s Adam and Eve Street headquarters.
Smartwater is an easier way to trace items if they go missing, with each bottle of the clear substance containing a unique chemical “code” which is registered to a particular user – conclusively proving ownership.
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