July 7, 2011
security introduced at Highbridge sewage treatment plant
or vandals who target Wessex Water's sewage treatment works in
Highbridge could find themselves quite literally caught 'red-handed'.
The company has taken steps to forensically mark its
equipment at the centre next to Apex Park after unwanted security
breaches last year at treatment plants across the south west cost
it nearly half a million pounds.
Items stolen included copper cabling, lightning conductors
and manhole covers. But now thieves who target the company's sites
- such as the one pictured here in Highbridge - will find themselves
linked to anything they attempt to steal.
Wessex Water has coated a special grease on equipment
which is then transferred to the perpetrator.
Blair, Wessex Waters head of health, safety and security,
told Burnham-On-Sea.com: "We have forensically marked our
equipment with Redweb a security product that helps police
identify stolen assets."
"We believe it will not only help us recover any
stolen items that have been found by police but also deter thieves
from targeting our sites."
Wessex Water also uses CCTV at its sites and high security
fencing to keep out trespassers.
Wessex Water said the use of Redweb technology will further
improve security as it will link the company with its assets.
Only one particle of the marker the width of a human hair
is required to identify that the item belongs to Wessex