A SPECIAL event is being held this weekend in an attempt to help cut down on crime in Rubery.

This Saturday, June 8 residents who live in Rubery can get Smartwater Kits for free.

The event, from from 10am until 2pm, is being organised by Bromsgrove Councillor Peter McDonald and the local police who will be on hand during the day.

Cllr McDonald said the aim is to help cut crime in the area.

“SmartWater is a liquid base that you use to mark all valuables in your property with an established track record for detecting and deterring criminal activity," he said.

"It is only visible under UV light, easy to apply and almost impossible to remove. It sends out a powerful warning to any would-be thieves and has a 100 per cent conviction rate in contested cases when used as evidence.

"It is hoped to make Rubery a SmartWater village and research has shown where this has happened crime has dropped by 74 per cent."