Smartwater arrives in Hertfordhire

Published:  15 September, 2009

DACORUM: This week saw the launch of the theft deterrent SmartWater across Dacorum, as part of the burglary reduction and prevention campaign across Hertfordhire, Operation Guardian.

Each SmartWater system contains a unique DNA-style forensic code which is simply dabbed into the nooks and crannies of your valuables. Each SmartWater code is stored on a secure database together with the owner’s details making them uniquely identifiable. SmartWater can also used to protect premises by forensically tagging intruders. Once dry, SmartWater is virtually impossible to remove and any traces will glow under ultra-violet light.

SmartWater irrefutably links criminals to the crime scene and property back to its owner. Traceability is something criminals hate, so they will avoid it at all costs. When used by UK police forces as part of their crime prevention initiatives, SmartWater has achieved reductions in burglary of up to 84%.

Inspector Pete Edwards, Neighbourhood Inspector for Hemel Hempstead, said: “Anyone who is brought into custody in Hemel Hempstead will be automatically scanned for traces of SmartWater which remains on clothes and skin for a considerable amount of time. I also hope this sends a clear message to would be criminals – don’t bother, as we will be able to trace you and bring you before the courts.”

Operation Guardian is the newly-launched campaign to reduce and prevent burglary in the coming months across Hertfordshire. Activity includes property registering road-shows, letters to residents, leaflet drops at local businesses and sustained enforcement activity targeting burglars, among much more.

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