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New crime prevention scheme to be rolled out across Scotland

An invisible solution which can be marked on personal property will be given to 4500 homes.

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A crime prevention scheme in which property is invisibly marked by householders is being rolled out across Scotland.

Around 4500 homes will be given a security pack containing the special liquid.

In February, 600 properties were issued with the the SmartWater solution, a uniquely coded bottle of solution which is brushed on to the homeowner's possessions.

Police Scotland says housebreaking has reduced around 53% compared to the previous six months as a result of the pilot scheme.

The solution is almost impossible to remove and is only detectable under UV light. This technique allows officers to identify stolen goods once checked under the light.

The unique code within the solution provides a forensic link back to the owner of the stolen goods and also links the criminal with the crime scene.

The scheme is now being rolled out across various regions throughout Scotland, where local communities have identified housebreaking as a policing priority.

Around 4500 homes will be covered in four areas in Pollokshields and Rutherglen in the west of Scotland, Killearn and Blanefield in Stirlingshire, Torry in Aberdeen as well as Longniddry and Gullane in East Lothian.

In addition to the security packs, high-visibility signs are to be put in place within the participating streets to alert criminals that SmartWater is being used in the households around that area.

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