What has been described by organisers as "the largest anti-crime initiative that Wellington Heath has seen" is now underway, and it's all about SmartWater.

SmartWater is a way of marking valuables with an almost invisible liquid that is permanent and individually coded to property.

A welcome meeting for newcomers at Wellington Heath on February 1 saw several kits being distributed.

More SmartWater will be distribution at the Farmers Arms pub in Wellington Heath on March 18, from 6.45pm to 10pm.

The kit is available to parishioners in Wellington Heath for free, thanks to Wellington Heath Parish Council, "but any donations would be gratefully received".

Nearby Ledbury Town Council has considered similar measures recently.

In June last year, John Campion, the Police and Crime Commissioner for West Mercia, offered local town and parish councils a contribution of 25 per cent towards the introduction of 'smartwater' schemes "to help reduce acquisitive crime in local communities".