The City of Coral Gables Police Department is offering a new forensic coding theft deterrent called SmartWater CSI that will assist with the identification of criminals or stolen items. This product is a forensically encoded liquid that residents and business owners can apply to their property and can also be used to spray unwanted intruders upon activation of a security alarm.
SmartWater CSI is a non-hazardous, robust liquid that is virtually impossible to remove and leaves a long-lasting identifying forensic marking. This marking is known to remain present on a person or property for a minimum of five years and is only visible to the naked eye with the use of an ultraviolet black light.
When officers wave an ultraviolet black light over a suspect or an item and detect the presence of this encoded liquid, they will collect a sample of this marking and submit it as evidence to forensic laboratories. Upon examination and confirmation of the product registered user’s information, our Police Department will be able to identify stolen property as well as link suspects to other crimes committed.
Coral Gables residents interested in protecting their valuable property can obtain SmartWater tracer kits at a discounted price of $30 by contacting the Coral Gables Crime Watch SmartWater Hotline at 305-476-7957.