Water is newest weapon against thefts
June 03, 2014 Bob Kasarda nwi.com
Porter County Sheriff Dave Lain believes he has found a
new weapon in combating theft and it involves little
more than water.
His department became the second in the nation to invest
in Smartwater CSI, which is water containing 30 rare
elements that provides a forensic signature to any item
on which it is applied, Lain said.
The department used proceeds from the jail commissary to
purchase 150 vials of Smartwater CSI at a cost of $35
each that the Porter County Triad group will distribute
to senor citizens throughout the county, he said.
Recipients will be encouraged to apply the water to
their electronic devices, jewelry and other valuables so
that -- if they are ever stolen -- they can later be
identified and traced back to the owner using an
ultraviolet light and database maintained in the United
Recipients will also receive a sticker identifying their
items as marked by Smartwater CSI, which will serve as a
deterrent for potential thieves as word of the product
spreads, he said.
"We can add peace of mind to seniors in Porter County,"
Smartwater CSI has been in use for 17 years in the
United Kingdom where it was developed, Rob Shuster, vice
president of training and protective services for AFIMAC
United States told the members of the Porter County
Triad senior services group Tuesday.
The combinations provide more than a billion forensic
signatures unique to each recipient, he said. The water
is nearly invisible, except with the use of a UV light,
is resistant to being washed off and lasts up to five
years, Shuster said.
While individuals can purchase home kits online for
$100, Lain said he plans to educate other police
departments and alarm companies to widen use of the
Shuster said there were significant decreases in thefts
where the product was used in Fort Lauderdale, Fla.
"When they know what it is, they will go somewhere
else," he said of potential thieves.