Hainault Business Park sends warning to
would-be burglars at SmartWater launch
07:00 14 October 2016
One of the borough’s most innovative business parks has become the first in the UK to utilise cutting-edge forensic technology to prevent burglaries in its area.
SmartWater use a traceable liquid, invisible to the naked eye but detectable by specialist equipment, that can be used to prove people have handled stolen goods – the company, founded by an ex-police officer – also regularly employ intelligence-led tactics to combat crime in areas they protect.
The business park’s chairman, Chris Wyles, said: “As the first BID industrial park in the UK with this deterrent, our aim is simple – to protect our park and to make it as safe as possible for our members, staff and visitors.
“We are very confident that criminals know all too well the power of the SmartWater deterrent, will take note and not risk entering our members’ premises.”
Hainault Business Park has long been a pioneer when it came to ways to protect industrial estates – in 2004 the site installed CCTV cameras across the site, and two years ago an Automatic Number Plate Recognition (ANPR) system was installed on all the roads leading into and out of the area, further increasing security.
Speaking at the launch, council leader Cllr Jas Athwal said: “Business is going to be the lifeblood for council finances in the future and we need our businesses thriving.
“I think we need to do more of this – generally when we talk about businesses in the borough doing something for the first time we talk about Hainault Business Park, and long may that continue.”
The park’s manager Jim Ridley was also full of praise for the help businesses have recently received from the local authority.
“Ten years ago we had no rapport with the council or the police and as a businessman I felt totally alone, spending millions of pounds on business rates but having no support.
“Now that has changed and we have far better communication, so the council and the police deserve thanks for that.”
To date, 14,000 homes in Redbridge have received SmartWater home protection packs, and after a year the reduction in burglaries in protected areas is around 45 per cent, slightly above the London-wide average of 36pc.
The SmartWater scheme at Hainault Business Park has been sponsored by Secom, who hosted the launch; Natwest and BT local business.