Bexley Police to use forensic products at 35 allotment sites after thefts

PUBLISHED: 15:58 07 July 2014 | UPDATED: 15:58 07 July 2014

Homeowners are being urged to check security of their outbuildings after a spate of thefts in the borough.

Bexley Police will be using forensic “SmartWater” products at 35 allotment sites in the borough to prevent and deter further break-ins.

The SmartWater can be used to mark high-value goods and helps police to trace them if they are stolen.

It can also be used so it transfers onto criminals when they come into contact with it and provides evidence linking them with specific crime scenes.

Inspector Abbie Cranage, from Bexley police, said: “From our experience people are quite careful when it comes to securing their home and protecting it against burglars.

“However, they often don’t apply the same care and attention to their sheds or garages, where often, they store high value items like power tools or bikes.”

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