98% OF SMARTWATER
FORENSIC SPRAY SYSTEM
CLIENTS SUFFERED NO
ATTACKS
  IN 2018

98% OF SMARTWATER
FORENSIC SPRAY SYSTEM
CLIENTS SUFFERED NO 
ATTACKS  IN 2018.

THOUSANDS OF CRIMINALS JAILED

THOUSANDS OF POLICE TRAINED & EQUIPPED TO DETECT SMARTWATER

THERE ISN’T A MORE ROBUST FORENSIC SIGNATURE AVAILABLE ON THE MARKET

74% of criminals said they would not break into a building where a Smart Water sign was on display *

*Perpetuity Research and Consultancy. An Evaluation of SmartWater: Offenders’ Perspectives

Case Studies

In 2015, the world’s largest non-bank ATM operator, Cardtronics approached SmartWater
with a view to turning the tide on ATM thieves and bringing an end to the prolific attacks on ATMs installed in Co-op stores across the country.

This represented an interesting challenge to the SmartWater team, in that existing dispersal
technologies had to be adapted to ensure that both the criminals and the stolen cash were forensically marked, regardless of how an ATM was attacked..

Once a system was developed, SmartWater’s team of police-trained Crime & Intelligence analysts mapped and analysed data shared by Cardtronics along with existing sector data, to provide a more informed intelligence picture and identify a crime hotspot area that would be suitable for an initial trial of the technology..

Soon after SmartWater systems were installed at over 300 cash dispensers located at Co-op stores across the South-West England and Wales, giving each ATM, a unique forensic signature. This represented a significant threat to ATM thieves, as the risk of being
traced by Police following a theft, and thus convicted, was greatly heightened. An array of overt deterrent messaging was implemented alongside this to further reinforce this powerful message..

Upon conclusion of the trial, SmartWater had achieved an unprecedented 90% reduction in ATM crime across the deployed areas..

On the back of this success, a full, national rollout was initiated in August 2017, with a further
2,200 cashpoints at Co-op branches across the UK having SmartWater systems installed.
And the national scheme has immediately shown signs of success too – as Cardtronics reports that prior to the introduction of SmartWater forensic technology, 28% of all their reported attacks were on Co-op ATMs..

After this national rollout, however, this has seen a dramatic reduction to just 15% of all ATM attacks.

Furthermore, in 73% of attacks that did take place, the offenders left without any cash –
reducing financial loss, minimizing damage and limiting downtime.

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 centre 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 forensic 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 forensic liquid throughout the premises, providing the police with the perfect opportunity to forensically link the thief to the scene of his crime.

<\p>With the help of this forensic evidence the police were quickly able to identify, locate 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 pleaded guilty to charges of burglary and 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.

A prolific and dangerous crime gang was jailed for a combined 27 years, following a string of vicious armed robberies on high class jewellers committed at locations across eight police forces, including two armed robberies at Jeremy France Jewellers in Winchester. Property stolen from the robberies was estimated to be worth approximately £2million.

The group made a decisive error when they attempted a second robbery at the Jeremy France outlet, as the store had opted to install a SmartWater forensic spray system following the first attack. Upon entering the store, the SmartWater forensic spray system was activated, covering the offenders with a unique forensic signature, linking them to the crime scene. As a result, the group decided to flee, empty-handed.

Five months after the aborted robbery, police carried out a series of raids on separate addresses in the Birmingham area. All premises were fully searched, and a handgun was recovered. Upon inspection under a UV light, traces of SmartWater were clearly visible subsequent and forensic analysis, carried out by SmartWater scientists, traced the gun back to the Winchester robbery.

After a three-week trial, Elliot Burton (28) was sentenced to 12 years in prison, Luke Nash (25) received 7 years in prison and Simon Waller got 9 years in prison – for their respective roles in the crime spree. SmartWater forensic evidence had proven instrumental in securing their capture and detention, bringing about an end to their reign of terror.

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