POLICE in Chester have turned to SmartWater in a bid to take on city burglars.
There has been a rise in burglaries in the area during the past few months, with Blacon seeing the most significant increase. Now, officers are to tackle the issue head on and hope the wide use of SmartWater will have criminals running scared.
Detective Inspector Peter Lawless, of the Proactive Policing Team, said: “SmartWater is a safe, clear liquid that is invisible to the naked eye and is used to mark property forensically. It contains a unique DNA-style code and the code details of each tube are stored on a secure SmartWater database.
“During the coming weeks our officers will be handing these kits out to local residents and we want as many people as possible to mark their property with SmartWater.”
Any property recovered by, or handed in to, the police will be scanned with an ultraviolet light which will detect any SmartWater. The findings can then be checked against the SmartWater database to identify the lawful owner.
SmartWater can be used to protect almost any item and once dry it cannot be washed off or totally removed for more than 100 years – and it has a similar effect on humans.
DI Lawless added: “Criminals can be assured it will not only be property that will be checked out with UV lamps.
“SmartWater can also be deployed as a forensic spray system which marks the skin and clothes of offenders and will allow us to link them directly to the crime scene. Burglars will have nowhere to hide.”
“Anyone arrested will be scrutinised under UV lights and if they have been in contact with any SmartWater we’ll know about it.
The initial roll out of the scheme will see the majority of residents in Blacon offered SmartWater protection and, it is hoped, it will then be made available in other parts of Western Area.
Sergeant Darren Griffiths, who covers the Blacon area and is overseeing the scheme, said: “I’m pleased that Blacon will be the first place to benefit from the blanket use of SmartWater and we will do all we can to support residents during the scheme to ensure their property is marked and the SmartWater kits registered.
SmartWater has a proven track record of deterring crimes including burglary, robbery vehicle crime, metal thefts and violent offences by as much as 84%.