WATER is the weapon Wrexham's Community Safety Partnership intends to use in the fight against crime.
It will not be delivered by high-powered water cannons but in a fine mist that will tell police exactly where it was triggered.
A new batch of Smart Water kits have just been purchased by the partnership to help identify burglars and thieves following a successful 12-month pilot scheme.
Properties which are deemed at risk of crime will be fitted with Smart Water systems or neighbourhood wardens will mark property with special Smart Water pens.
Smart Water is a liquid that glows in ultra-violet light and each batch contains a unique code that allows it to be traced back to where it was delivered or applied.
A simple scan with UV light shows the liquid as green on property, clothing and skin long after it comes into contact with them but it doesn't wash off and the code cannot be altered.
Anyone arrested is automatically scanned for traces of Smart Water in special UV suites.
And outlets where stolen goods could be sold, such as second-hand shops, are visited and items tested for traces of the liquid.
Householders will also be able to display a Smart Water sticker in their window to cause a burglar to think twice.
Wrexham's 12 Neighbour-hood Wardens have all been trained in the use of Smart Water and will be calling on residents in their areas to offer it in the coming weeks.
Police officers also carry UV torches to identify any suspected stolen items.
'Reducing crime and the fear of crime is a high priority for the Partnership and the use of Smart Water firmly places the fear of crime and its consequences on the criminal,' said Community Safety Officer Pete Barrett.
'By identifying properties that may be likely targets for burglary and offering the Smart Water technology, we are able to prevent crime from happening in the first place.'