Installed standalone or integrated into an existing alarm, SmartWater® Spray Systems can be tailored to your requirements to deter robbery or out-of-hours burglary while, at the same time, providing law enforcement agencies with the evidence they need to prosecute offenders.
**Perpetuity Research and Consultancy. An Evaluation of SmartWater: Offenders’ Perspectives
Criminals are literally carrying evidence on themselves that will prove their guilt, potentially for years – that’s why criminals fear SmartWater and will actively avoid anywhere where SmartWater® THIEVES BEWARE® signage is on display.
The Ludlow Barefoot Burglar
During 2015 more than 20 burglaries at commercial premises were reported in and around Ludlow, South Shropshire. These attacks had a significant impact on the town and they were widely reported in the local media. Despite detailed Police led investigations, no suspects were identified and the attacks continued unabated.
The Ludlow Assembly Rooms, a community hub in the center of the town was identified as a potential target, given its location within close proximity to the ongoing series of burglaries. In an effort to prevent this from happening, a SmartWater forensic spray system was promptly installed.
Within days, the premises was broken into by a brazen thief. During the incident, the intruder was both caught on CCTV and sprayed by the unique SmartWater liquid. The intruder had removed his shoes prior to entering the attacked premises, in an attempt to frustrate any subsequent forensic examination of the scene.
However he had unwittingly left his footprints in unique SmartWater liquid throughout the premises, providing the police with the perfect opportunity to forensically link the thief to the scene of his crime.
With the help of this forensic evidence the police were quickly able to identify and arrest the thief. The stolen property was also recovered. On arrest, the soles of the thief’s feet still bore the trademark yellow-green glow of SmartWater, the game was up.
John Richard from Dinham, Ludlow pleaded guilty to charges of burglary, escaping lawful custody and possessing cannabis. He was sentenced to eight months imprisonment, suspended for 12 months and ordered to do 100 hours community service and pay £900 costs and a £100 victim surcharge.
Whilst SmartWater is first and foremost a powerful deterrent, in the event of a criminal activation, we will do all we can to help the police bring those responsible to justice.
Forensic analysis of SmartWater traces found on suspects or their clothing is provided free of charge to the Police.
Our scientists will also attend court on your behalf to give evidence and help secure a conviction.
SmarWater’s analytical processes have been independently accredited by the United Kingdom Accreditation Service (UKAS) as being compliant with the Forensic Science Regulator (FSR) Codes of Practice. Alternative products and services that are not accredited risk being excluded by the Courts as evidence.
SmartWater Fog Cannon
Security fog is an artificial, harmless, dense fog which can cover large areas such as a retail outlet or warehouse, obscuring an intruder’s vision. Combining this technology with the forensic traceability of SmartWater provides an effective method for crime prevention and detection.