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Peopleton residents urged to join crime fighting scheme

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Peopleton residents urged to join crime fighting scheme

Residents in Peopleton are being urged to protect their property by signing up to a scheme to deter thieves and burglars.

Wychavon is working with Peopleton Parish Council and West Mercia Police to turn Peopleton into a SmartWater village, which requires 70% of households to join the scheme.

SmartWater is a colourless liquid solution that can be applied to the surfaces of belongings and valuables. It leaves a unique 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 if items are stolen, the rightful owner can easily be identified and the property returned. SmartWater deters criminals as they know stealing SmartWater marked property makes it more likely they will be caught and convicted.

A sign-up event is being held at Peopleton Village Hall on Thursday, 16 March between 4pm and 6.30pm where residents can get their SmartWater pack and instructions about how to mark and register their property.

Local charity Peopleton Parish Lands and West Mercia Police and Crime Commissioner John Campion are funding the packs.

Wychavon's Community Safety team and the parish council will also be knocking on doors in the next few weeks to sign up residents unable to make it to the meeting. Peopleton residents can also request a pack by emailing This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.(opens in a new window) with their title, full name, address including postcode and email address or contact number.

Other parishes or villages interested in becoming SmartWater villages can also email the Community Safety team for advice on the process.

Rob Rich, Wychavon's Community Safety and Enforcement Manager, said: "We're really pleased to be working with Peopleton Parish Council, local police and the West Mercia Police and Crime Commissioner to rollout SmartWater to another one of our communities.

"Working together to deter criminals can only benefit our communities and make Wychavon an even safer place to live." 

Insp Dave Wise from West Mercia Police and Amy Carter from Wychavon's Community Safety Team.

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