Residents of every house on a Staveley street have been given free security marking kits for their property to protect their home from thieves and to deter offenders.
Homeowners in Netherfield Close have been provided with individual SmartWater kits to security mark their belongings following a number of lead thefts and shed burglaries on the street. Seven houses on the street suffered break-ins and thefts during August.
The individual markings mean goods can be easily identified and returned to owners if they are stolen and later recovered and this can also help link those caught with stolen goods back to the scene of any crimes.
Officers from the Staveley Safer Neighbourhood Team worked with the Chesterfield Community Safety Partnership to provide SmartWater for every household.
Police visited homes and helped to apply the forensically coded liquid to residents’ valuable items on Tuesday, September 13.
PCSO Sue Cooke, of the Staveley SNT, said: “SmartWater is one way to protect your property and deter would-be burglars but you should also ensure your home is as secure as possible.”
Large signs have been erected as a deterrent warning would-be burglars the street is protected by SmartWater.
Residents were also given advice on how to make their homes more secure to deter offenders and how to set up a Neighbourhood Watch scheme.
Frank Bradley, who lives on the cul-de-sac, said: “I think it’s a really good idea. We have had a lot of problems on the street with thieves in the past month and hopefully this will put a stop to them.”
For more information about your local Safer Neighbourhood Team call 0345 123 3333 or visit the website www.derbyshire.police.uk.