SmartWater Continues Working with Network Rail to Combat Crime
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Network Rail has renewed their 5 year contract with SmartWater, a crime forensic specialist, to help with the companies crime prevention strategy. The renewed contract is a continuation of the longstanding, innovative partnership between SmartWater and Network Rail, which previously successfully lowered cable theft on a critical section of the UKs rail network by 54.7%.
Network Rail and SmartWater Partnership
The introduction of the SmartWater Strategy created a powerful crime deterrent on the LNW line, and over a three year period live cable thefts fell by 54.7%, increasing to 63.4% following the introduction of the Scrap Metal Dealers Act 2013. During the same period, delayed minutes to train services on the LNW line were cut by 54.9%, providing a better service to commuters and increasing their confidence in the rail network. Under CP5 Network Rail will be able to continue with the progress already made, using SmartWaters branded signage at strategic points along the railway line, which has already proven to deter thieves.
Network Rail will also 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.
Commenting on the new contract Phil Cleary, CEO of SmartWater, said: We are delighted to be continuing our partnership with Network Rail. 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. Collectively, this makes the railway safer for passengers, employees and the wider public. As the railway modernises and expands, then projects like this, which help protect the network, are ever more essential.