ANGLERS across Burton and South Derbyshire are being urged to take advantage of a new partnership designed to keep their valuable equipment protected from thieves.
The Angling Trust has teamed up with crimefighting technology SmartWater in a bid to enhance security for members.
The company has designed a special SmartWater security pack specifically designed to safeguard fishing tackle and equipment, including rods, reels and tackle boxes.
Dilip Sarkar, fisheries enforcement manager of the Angling Trust, said: “Fishing tackle can be high value and is therefore attractive to thieves.
“Tackling theft, therefore, is another area of operations for us and we are delighted to be working in partnership with world leader SmartWater to provide Angling Trust members with cutting-edge forensic technology at a generously discounted price.”
Collections of fishing tackle can be worth many hundreds of pounds, but also holds sentimental value to the owner and cannot simply be replaced if stolen.
Will Smith, membership manager of the Angling Trust, said: “As an angler I know how precious my fishing tackle is to me, both monetarily and sentimentally.
“SmartWater provides a very effective method of protecting fishing tackle from the risk of theft. It also fits perfectly within the trust’s participation in the Government’s drive to reduce rural crime.”
Police forces in Staffordshire and Derybshire backed the link-up and urged anglers to take part to protect their equipment.
Once applied, SmartWater is almost impossible to remove and can only be seen under ultraviolet light.
Last year the Mail reported how £7,000 of angling equipment was stolen from Burton Mutual Angling Association and was never recovered.
More information is available by calling 0800 521669.