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April 22, 2015

SmartWater extends support to Network Rail in crime prevention strategy

Crime fighting forensic specialist SmartWater has received a five-year contract from the UK's Network Rail to support the organisation's crime prevention strategy.

By Samseer M

SmartWater

Crime fighting forensic specialist SmartWater has received a five-year contract from the UK’s Network Rail to support the organisation’s crime prevention strategy.

Both the parties have worked together earlier to help Network Rail to reduce cable theft on a critical section of the UK’s rail network by 54.7%.

SmartWater CEO Phil Cleary said: "Helping the rail industry to innovate its approach to crime reduction has widespread impact, going beyond cable theft to having a positive impact on trespassing and vandalism.

"As the railway modernises and expands, then projects like this, which help protect the network, are ever more essential."

Earlier, the forensic specialist collaborated with the British Transport Police and Network Rail to bring traceability to cable infrastructure and greater accountability to would-be thieves.

"Helping the rail industry to innovate its approach to crime reduction has widespread impact."

As part of this, SmartWater analysts carried out Network Rail’s crime data in order to identify potential risks, crime hotspots and trends.

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This resulted in the deployment of SmartWater traceable liquid products and covert cameras to vulnerable locations in order to protect ‘at-risk’ cable.

According to SmartWater, it created a robust crime deterrent on the LNW line. Moreover, the delayed minutes to train services on the LNW line were cut by 54.9% during the same period.

The new development is expected to help Network Rail to continue with the progress already made.

In addition, the rail operator will be able to continue to collaborate with SmartWater on community awareness programmes, covert operations and scrap metal dealer visits, as well as use of the forensic liquid for further cable marking.


Image: SmartWater has helped Network Rail to reduce cable theft on a critical section of the UK’s rail network by 54.7%. Photo: courtesy of SmartWater Technology.

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