RUBERY’S SmartWater scheme is a step closer after the campaign to get the village covered received a £5,000 boost.
Coun Peter McDonald revealed the latest details at last night’s PACT (Partners and Communities Together) meeting.
Coun McDonald has forward £4,000 from his divisional fund and, after a meeting with the West Mercia Police and Crime Commissioner John Campion, the PCC added another £1,000.
It is hoped more funding will be raised in the next 12 months with the aim of having the whole of Rubery and the surrounding areas becoming SmartWater affiliated.
Many other villages and areas across the West Mercia Police force area have introduced SmartWater, seeing the number of burglaries in those areas vastly reduced. The crime has been almost eradicated in some areas.
SmartWater enables residents to mark their valuables with the high-tech liquid which has its own unique chemical code similar to DNA.
Then if property is stolen and recovered it can be returned to its rightful owner.
And because of the reliability of SmartWater, items marked with it can even be used as evidence to build a criminal case against the perpetrator.