The Robertson County Sheriff’s Office in Tennessee has just announced plans to employ SmartWater CSI technology to combat local crime.
The Sheriff’s Office is calling it “Farm Watch” and they’re using it (at least initially) to fight and deter agricultural crime.
“We are excited about the launch of Farm Watch in Robertson County with the SmartWater CSI technology,” said Chief Deputy Van Dyke. “It is a much-needed program and reaffirms our commitment to our rural citizens to deter and prevent crime. We are thrilled to be the first agency in Tennessee to incorporate SmartWater CSI as a crime prevention tool.”
If you are a criminal, think of it this way. Just walking onto a property or taking property that is not yours will mark you with a DNA tag and you won’t even know it, that is until you find yourself in a jail cell. Think of a skunk that only police can smell.
While similar to the neighborhood watch concept, Farm Watch is tailored to the agricultural community’s unique needs, according to the Robertson County Sheriff’s Office. The program provides a network of communication, training, and tools to protect and assist the agricultural community in Robertson County. Chief Deputy Michael Van Dyke has been working with local farmers and producers for a couple of years developing the mechanics of what the program will look like in Robertson County.
Every bottle of SmartWater CSI contains a chemically unique forensic code which acts like DNA and is registered to a property owner. Anything marked with SmartWater CSI can therefore be traced back to its original location, whilst offenders marked by the liquid can be placed at the scene of a crime.
SmartWater can be applied to just about anything, a ring, a gun, cellphones, doorknobs, grass, car seats, farm equipment and even drugs.
“SmartWater CSI is cutting edge technology that is relatively new to the United States,” said Van Dyke. “All inmates booked into our detention facility will be made aware that we are using this product and will be scanned for contact with SmartWater.”
If SmartWater contact is discovered on an inmate, it can link the person to a crime. All SmartWater products are almost invisible to the naked eye but fluoresce bright yellow under a specific spectrum of ultraviolet (UV) light. The sheriff’s office will be distributing a limited number of kits on the initial launch of the program.
Farm Watch will comprise of various facets that incorporate both law enforcement and citizen action to reduce and prevent agricultural crimes. Some of these facets are as simple as documenting serial numbers on farm implements, securing outbuildings and barns, and sharing information with neighbors and law enforcement.
“Always remember if it doesn’t look right – it probably isn’t,” said Chief Deputy Van Dyke. “Being vigilant and reporting suspicious activity is critical to keeping crime down in Robertson County.”