Over the coming weeks South Yorkshire Police will visit over 8000 homes to deliver SmartWater packs, in which residents will soon be able to mark their property with a traceable liquid invisible to the naked eye. The SmartWater forensic liquid carries a chemical code which is unique to you.
Labelled under Operation Shield, funded by the Community Safety Partnership and the Police and Crime Commissioner, is a highly targeted initiative which focuses on the areas most affected by serious acquisitive crime (the crimes committed to fund the use of drugs).
Deputy Chief Constable Mark Roberts said: “This approach is part of a broader range of initiatives which will be used under Operation Shield and is arguably one of the most effective deterrents in crime. We’re using a traceable liquid to uniquely mark property; it’s invisible to the naked eye. This means burglars, or the property they have taken, could be covered in a liquid which indisputably links them to the offence.”
“Smartwater is a name known amongst the criminal fraternity and it creates a fear amongst burglars. They have no way of knowing where it is and if it is on them but they do know that once it is on you, you can’t get it off.” SmartWater reduces burgalry by 85%.
“As part of Operation Shield, I want to be absolutely clear that these invisible markings are in use in many ways across South Yorkshire. It is present on property and can also be used as a spray to coat a person as they enter or exit a particular location.”
Every custody suite is equipped with specialist lamps. Anyone who is arrested anywhere in South Yorkshire for anything will be checked for traces of Smartwater.
SmartWater conforms to the highest possible standards of robustness and is guaranteed to last a minium of five years if applied as instructed.
The initiative has been rolled out in burgalry hotspots across South Yorkshire to protect homes, deter thieves, catch offenders and to help return property to victims.