- The slabs can be marked with an invisible traceable liquid that glows beneath UV
Thieves have stolen so many coveted Yorkstone paving slabs that Leeds Metropolis Council has begun forensically marking the stones.
Reclaimed Yorkstone, produced from pure sandstone which comes from Yorkshire mills and quarries which have labored because the Center Ages, is thought for its sturdiness, high quality and enticing naturally weathered look.
It might probably solely be mined from Yorkshire quarries and retails at a whole lot of kilos per sq. metre.
The stone is used to pave a lot of Leeds however hovering thefts of the paving slabs price taxpayers tens of 1000’s yearly, councillor Helen Hayden mentioned.
The council has determined to mark every flagstone with SmartWater know-how made by agency DeterTech, a traceable liquid invisible to the bare eye that glows beneath ultra-violet mild.
The stone is used to pave a lot of Leeds however hovering thefts of the paving slabs price taxpayers tens of 1000’s yearly (File Picture)
The liquid lasts for at least 5 years and allows police to hint stolen slabs again to the streets from the place they have been taken.
DeterTech mentioned its SmartWater has a 100 per cent conviction price when used as proof in contested court docket circumstances.
And its director of business operations, Gary Higgins, mentioned there needs to be an immediate discount within the thefts as soon as the scheme is rolled out.
‘Anyone silly sufficient to disregard this warning ought to know we’re placing police in the absolute best place to convict them,’ he added.