‘WATCH‘ THE METROPOLITAN POLICE’S GUIDE TO MARKING YOUR PROPERTY
HOW TO APPLY
Ensure that all the areas that you mark are clean and dry first.
Shake the bottle thoroughly before use. During use replace the cap and shake the bottle every 15 minutes.
Dab the SmartWater traceable liquid onto the items you wish to protect using the supplied applicator. The smallest trace of SmartWater will provide a sample for forensic examination, so a small dab is sufficient.
When marking electronic equipment, make sure it is switched off at the mains before applying SmartWater. After applying, allow at least one hour before re-connecting the power supply or handling the item.
Remember to affix your property deterrent labels to your valuables. THIEVES BEWARE® window labels should be displayed at points of entry such as front and back doors.
WHERE SHOULD I APPLY DAB-IT-ON?
Although SmartWater is virtually invisible, it can leave a slight sheen when dry. If you have concerns, we suggest that you test SmartWater on an inconspicuous area or another similar surface beforehand. The best surfaces are uneven or irregular surfaces not on display. Avoid flat, shiny or smooth surfaces.
Apply to an area the police will easily find with a UV light. Please note that if police require an evidential sample, the removal of SmartWater may leave a slight mark on the item.
Avoid surfaces subject to wear or routinely exposed to direct sunlight or moisture. If this is unavoidable, it may be necessary to re-apply occasionally to maintain protection.
THINGS TO AVOID
Don’t apply it to functional parts such as electronic ports, expansion slots, displays, battery units or speaker grills.
Don’t apply to items when connected to the mains.
Don’t try to write with the solution.
Don’t dilute your SmartWater traceable liquid.
Don’t store or use it in extreme hot or cold temperatures. Applying SmartWater to surfaces that are routinely exposed to high-temperatures can result in discolouration of the solution.
Don’t apply it to working or moving parts such as nuts, bolts, keys or switches.
If re-applying SmartWater, please attempt to apply the new solution to areas that have not, previously, been marked. If uncertain, please check for the presence of a previous application using an ultraviolet light (long wave, 365nm) – where any areas previously marked will glow bright yellow. By following this guidance, you will help simplify analysis in the event of theft and subsequent recovery of the marked item.
Health & Safety
- Please keep out of reach of children.
- Please use gloves and eye protection where appropriate.
- Please clean up spillages, they can create a slip hazard.
- Contact with eyes: rinse with plenty of water for at least 15 minutes.
- Contact with skin: immediately wash the area with soap and water.
- Swallowing SmartWater: wash out your mouth with water and consult your doctor if any symptoms develop.