Smartwater (1)

MQT on 2018-07-19
Session date: 
July 19, 2018
Question By: 
Navin Shah
Labour Group
Asked Of: 
The Mayor


Following the introduction of Smartwater/MetTrace has any attempt been made to its efficacy and whether it is providing value for money. 

1. Could you provide figures broken down appropriately for the smartwater/MetTrace scheme as a cost annually?

2. Could you supply figures broken down appropriately for:

A). How many items of stolen property and their value have been returned to their owners through Smartwater/MetTrace; and

B).What proportion of burgled properties had Smartwater/Met Trace stickers compared to properties without them.


Answer for Smartwater (1)

Answer for Smartwater (1)

Answered By: 
The Mayor


I am unable to reveal the cost of MetTrace at this time. These figures are commercially sensitive and will also potentially disadvantage MPS should they procure again later this year.


Although there are many known cases where items are returned to their owners thanks to MetTrace, MPS do not routinely record this information so it is not possible to provide a figure. Work is underway to make sure this information is captured going forward.  


Burglaries in MetTrace areas have reduced by 22.2% (5,775 offences), compared to an increase of 1.6% (2,055 offences) in non-MetTrace areas. Based on the Home Office Integrated Offender Management Value for Money Toolkit the wider cost to society saved is £26,220,134.