TIM DREW: Smart people use SmartWater to combat thefts

THE Scrap Metal Dealers Act came into effect this October and the early signs are that metal theft is already declining as a result, but another deterrent exists which is also becoming a prerequisite towards obtaining insurance cover.

SmartWater now has over a million users and is protecting over 20 million items nationwide. It carries a forensic “code” which is registered to an address or location, and is suitable for the marking of all manner of valuables, from cables, roof coverings and flashings to cars, bicycles, jewellery, ornaments and electrical items.

It is almost impossible to remove and can only be seen under UV light. Anything marked with SmartWater can be forensically analysed, providing conclusive proof of ownership – by reason of which, it acts as a powerful deterrent to criminals.

Because the police regularly check for SmartWater on recovered stolen property and actively raise awareness of it, the technology is well known and feared by thieves, who are aware of its power to place them at the crime scene and secure a conviction – and it maintains a 100 per cent conviction rate when used as evidence in court. By displaying SmartWater deterrent stickers, you are sending out a powerful warning to anybody with designs on your property.

Every bottle of SmartWater is chemically unique, and registered to its owner. SmartWater’s technology is simple to use but, when marking your personal possessions, the advice from the manufacturer (Smartwater Technology) is to apply the liquid to inconspicuous, uneven areas.

Finally, SmartWater is more robust than DNA markers. DNA is known to fade in sunlight, which is why SmartWater contains no DNA-based material.

PCSO Elaine Tullett (Marine ward) will hold her surgery at the Coffee Shop, Worthing Leisure Centre, Shaftesbury Avenue, between 11am and noon on Thursday, December 19, with that hosted by PCSO Ros Tite (Castle) taking place at The Maybridge Community Church, 77 The Strand, Goring, between 3pm and 4pm the same day.