A POLICE boss wants to work with councillors to prevent burglary.

John Campion, Police and Crime Commissioner for West Mercia, has offered to contribute 25 per cent of the costs for councillors looking to supply Smartwater in their area.

Part-funding supply of Smartwater, a solution used to mark property, is part of the We Don't Buy Crime - Landing from the Front Project.

Mr Campion said: "Across West Mercia we have already seen great successes with Smartwater proving to work, and I would like to see this continue across the rest of our communities.

"Many people that have used Smartwater, and are now living in a 'We Don't Buy Crime' town, are feeling more reassured and have commented on how there is now a more enhanced community spirit."

The We Don't Buy Crime - Leading from the Front project, which is funded by the commissioner, seeks to reduce acquisitive crime throughout West Mercia.

The Smartwater solution is unique to each bottle and is used to mark property to enable the police to identify the owner, and potentially the offender.

The Commissioner has offered to contribute 25 per cent of the cost for district, parish and town councils looking to supply Smartwater in their area, as well as free signage which will let offenders know that if they commit crime in this area then are likely to get caught and not profit from their crime.

Mr Campion added: "'This offer will not only contribute to reducing crime but it will provide a further opportunity for us all to work together and make our communities feel safer.''