Breaking into a car with the intention to steal, Yafet Askale (28, in combination photo) would not have sensed the police ‘trap’ set for him in Harlesden, northwest London. While stealing items, including a laptop, he activated a spray system which covered his face and arms with a traceable liquid called SmartWater, which contains a dye that becomes visible under ultra violet light. He was arrested, and sentenced last week to a community order for 49 hours. He was also ordered to pay £400 — costs for theft from motor vehicle. Police have recently been working with SmartWater.
Harlesden residents have also been provided with free kits to mark valuable property. This has seen them enjoy an 80 per cent reduction in burglary and a 40 per cent reduction in street robbery. — PTI