Property Marking – Traceable Liquid Solutions

Property Marking – Traceable Liquid Solutions

In order to help achieve reductions in burglaries and increase detection rates, territorial policing boroughs have been trialling a variety of products including purchasing traceable liquid solutions from a variety of providers on an ad hoc basis.

UK-London: security, fire-fighting, police and defence equipment

2012/S 200-328826

Prior information notice


Directive 2004/18/EC

Section I: Contracting authority

I.1)Name, addresses and contact point(s)

Metropolitan Police
Corporate and Operational Procurement, 8th Floor, Empress State Building, Lillie Road
For the attention of: Miss Nikki Hunter
SW6 1TR Earls Court
Telephone: +44 2071611541

Further information can be obtained from: The above mentioned contact point(s)

I.2)Type of the contracting authority

Body governed by public law
I.3)Main activity

Public order and safety
I.4)Contract award on behalf of other contracting authorities

The contracting authority is purchasing on behalf of other contracting authorities: yes

Section II.B: Object of the contract (Supplies or services)

II.1)Title attributed to the contract by the contracting authority:

Property Marking – Traceable Liquid Solutions.
II.2)Type of contract and place of delivery or of performance


II.3)Information on framework agreement
II.4)Short description of nature and quantity or value of supplies or services:

The Metropolitan Police Service (MPS) is the largest police force in the UK with approximately 31 000 Police Officers and 13 000 Support Staff and 3 700 Police Community Support Officers. In the current challenging economic climate the organisation has achieved significant progress and change; delivering cost reductions and improved value for money, whilst continuing to provide an exemplary service to Londoners’ and visitors to London.
A key objective is to cut crime and increase detection rates and the MPS must continue to do this, despite a reducing budget and is therefore looking for more innovative ways to help meet these targets.
The residential burglary targets for the current business year (2012-2013) are to reduce offences by 5 % and to achieve a sanction detection rate of 13 %. Currently the MPS is only achieving a reduction of 3.1 % (25.9.12).
In order to help achieve reductions in burglaries and increase detection rates, territorial policing boroughs have been trialling a variety of products including purchasing traceable liquid solutions from a variety of providers on an ad hoc basis. Whilst there is previous data highlighting the effectiveness of some of these products, no formal testing of such products has been carried out by the MPS. Nor has any procurement process been formally entered into.
The MPS would therefore like to formally test the effectiveness of available products and ascertain whether such active marker systems, when deployed into crime hotspots, reduce crime by significant enough levels to make the purchase of the liquids and detection equipment cost-effective.
If the outcome of the trial provides evidence that the procurement and distribution of such liquids reduces crime the MPS may then look put a formal contract in place for the supply of such liquids. Depending on the outcome of the trails and the interest of other forces, the MPS may contract on behalf of other police forces. However we cannot guarantee that a formal procurement process will follow the trials.
We are therefore looking for expressions of interest from suppliers to take part in these trials. The trial would last for a 6-month period ideally commencing November 2012. In order to assess its effectiveness the MPS plans to target burglary hotspots that are approximately 500 household size areas.
Ideally a company would provide the resources that would allow the MPS to cover a number of these size areas with their product but we recognise not all companies may have the means to do this. The costs of the required products and support are to be met by the supplier.
If able to be provided, within the hotspot area the MPS would like the company to equip a ‘sting house’ or a ‘sting car’ with their product. What this means is that a car or house is set up within the location and when the house or car are broken into they are sprayed with the unique product.
To meet these requirements the MPS estimates that for each hotspot area a company would need to provides the following;
— At least 500 household kits,
— Handheld detectors for use when undertaking searches or random visits to second-hand dealers or pawn shops etc,
— Each borough involved to be provided with one custody UV suite if necessary,
— Street signs per area to advertise the use of the product,
— License to use the company Trade Mark during the life of the initiative,
— All forensic analysis,
— All expert witness testimony,
— All database fees,
— Training to.
Senior Management Team.
Middle management.
Operational staff.
— Permission for the findings of the proof of trials to be published internally and externally both for academic study and police procurement.
In addition and if able to be provided by the company, the equipping, setting up and 24/7 monitoring of a sting house or sting car within the target area.
In order to be considered for the trial the companies product needs to meet the following requirements;
Product requirements.
To aid consistency of the deterrent message, the supplier should be able to supply unique forensic coding products for:
— The marking of household property.
— The spraying and marking of intruders.
The forensic coding products must be capable of remaining uniquely traceable after a period of 6 months (internal or external exposure). Ideally we would like the product to conform with grade B rating under BSI PAS 820:2012 or equivalent but It is recognised that not all companies will have yet applied for this standard and as such companies who have not yet done so, but believe their product meets the standard are permitted for this trial. Suppliers will be asked to demonstrate it’s products will last for the duration of the trails (6-months).
To take part in the trails the supplier will be asked to confirm that they are also able to provide expert testimony in support of a police prosecution in the criminal courts of England and Wales.
Suppliers will be required to detail the experience and knowledge of the frontline operatives who would be involved in supporting a crime deterrent initiative and provide details about the ongoing support provided.
A supplier may submit more than one product for inclusion in the trails, but they must all meet the requirements set out above and must be able to deliver the products and any necessary training by 12.11.12.
In order to assess the effectiveness of the product the following will be measured;
— The level of residential burglary and motor vehicle crime in the target area before the product was implemented (the MPS will pick the highest output areas for the test),
— The levels of burglary and motor vehicle crime committed on a monthly basis during and at the end of the concept period,
— The levels of crime for the trial period compared against the same period last year,
— To assess if there is a displacement of crime the same above measures will be applied to a specified number of streets surrounding the target area,
— The numbers of suspects arrested as a result of the product,
— The outcome of any arrests,
— Comparison will be made to see if there were performance differences between products,
— Attempts will be made to carryout cost/benefit analysis of the product versus normal policing,
— To measure public confidence within the target area,
— A qualitative assessment of the support provided to the covert product.
Companies taking part in the trail should be aware that this information could be used both for academic knowledge and publishing as well informing any subsequent police procurement. However the MPS makes no commitment to running a procurement process following these trails.
To take part in this trial please express and interest via the Bluelight Website. You will then be invited to a Supplier Day taking place on Thursday 24.10.2012. Attendance is not mandatory but recommended.

This contract is divided into lots: no

II.5)Common procurement vocabulary (CPV)

35000000, 24950000

II.6)Scheduled date for start of award procedures

II.7)Information about Government Procurement Agreement (GPA)

The contract is covered by the Government Procurement Agreement (GPA): no
II.8)Additional information:

To take part in this trial please express and interest via the Bluelight Website. You will then be invited to a Supplier Day taking place on Thursday 24.10.2012. Attendance is not mandatory but recommended.

Section III: Legal, economic, financial and technical information

III.1)Conditions relating to the contract
III.1.1)Main financing conditions and payment arrangements and/or reference to the relevant provisions governing them:

To be detailed in any future procurement and at the suppliers day.
III.2)Conditions for participation
III.2.1)Information about reserved contracts

Section VI: Complementary information

VI.1)Information about European Union funds

The contract is related to a project and/or programme financed by European Union funds: no
VI.2)Additional information:
VI.3)Information on general regulatory framework

VI.4)Date of dispatch of this notice:15.10.2012