Enhancing Rail Safety –
Tackling Rail Theft, Trespass and Vandalism

 

Having worked in the rail sector since 2010, SmartWater investigators are fully qualified to operate trackside and have established an impressive track record for crime and incident reduction on the railways. The team are ex-police or special service operatives, who have built a strong relationship with both Network Rail and British Transport Police.

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We understand both criminals and rail

We offer a range of products and services to improve both security and safety on the rail network. This can significantly benefit your business by improving commuter confidence, preventing theft and trespass-related delays and reducing industry-imposed fines – helping you to make considerable financial savings. Our offering is underpinned by a patented crime-prevention strategy which limits opportunities for criminal activity on the railway. We take the time to identify the vulnerabilities faced by your project or route, providing an enhanced understanding of risk. This allows you to concentrate time and resources where they will have the most impact and maximise your security budget. In some circumstances this approach removes the need for expensive, ‘labour intensive’ measures such as 24/7 manned guarding.

An intelligence-led approach

Working in Partnership with NWR and BTP, SmartWater has implemented a number of programs which have resulted in significant reductions in the number of reported incidents – as much as 100% in some cases. Making use of shared insight and intelligence, once crime ‘hot spots’ are identified, SmartWater will carry out site surveys to establish vulnerable points – noting where there are broken fences, checking ingress/egress points and walking the track to pick up additional evidence of illegal access and unsecured areas. Often this initial survey is jointly carried out with BTP staff and local NWR Mobile Operations Manager. As SmartWater report back all findings within 24 hours of the survey, remedial action can be taken near immediately.

Realtime intervention and action

Once vulnerable points are identified and agreed, SmartWater will then deploy strategically placed covert technical equipment, including HD wildlife cameras and ‘transferable’ SmartWater grease, forensically marking offenders on contact, all of which are to help with the evidence gathering for identification and conviction. The cameras are stored, maintained and deployed by SmartWater. Once activated by movement, these cameras instantly send high-quality images, via email, to a central location for immediate assessment and analysis; each image is like a 999 call. The cameras also collect video footage for additional evidence when required.

An intelligence-led approach

Working in Partnership with NWR and BTP, SmartWater has implemented a number of programs which have resulted in significant reductions in the number of reported incidents – as much as 100% in some cases. Making use of shared insight and intelligence, once crime ‘hot spots’ are identified, SmartWater will carry out site surveys to establish vulnerable points – noting where there are broken fences, checking ingress/egress points and walking the track to pick up additional evidence of illegal access and unsecured areas. Often this initial survey is jointly carried out with BTP staff and local NWR Mobile Operations Manager. As SmartWater report back all findings within 24 hours of the survey, remedial action can be taken near immediately.

Realtime intervention and action

Once vulnerable points are identified and agreed, SmartWater will then deploy strategically placed covert technical equipment, including HD wildlife cameras and ‘transferable’ SmartWater grease, forensically marking offenders on contact, all of which are to help with the evidence gathering for identification and conviction. The cameras are stored, maintained and deployed by SmartWater. Once activated by movement, these cameras instantly send high-quality images, via email, to a central location for immediate assessment and analysis; each image is like a 999 call. The cameras also collect video footage for additional evidence when required.

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