Think of it as high-tech egg on your face, or hands. It's called Smartwater. In ultra violet light, the glow says “gotcha” to burglars and car thieves.
"I hope that it deters criminal activity in the neighborhood. We've had some problems in the past and increasing burglaries of homes and break-ins of cars," said Mike Kinnison, who is a Homeowners Association president.
"My car was broken into about six years ago, so when they offered it to me, I said great," added participant Claudia Foreman.
Folks in Holly Hill, Forest Heights and Kentwood Estates have just been armed with this unique crime fighter as Tallahassee becomes the only city in the country to test a product that's already proven itself in England.
Phil Cleary is the Smartwater inventor and CEO. He said, "We've been using it in England now for nearly six, seven years, and the average burglary reduction is right about 55 percent."
Tallahassee police are testing Smartwater in three neighborhoods and after six to 12 months, police will analyze the stats to see if Smartwater has helped to lower crime.
"There are communities out there that have this, don't go in those neighborhoods, and don't commit crimes. If you do go in those neighborhoods and you do commit a crime, you'll walk away with evidence on your person," warned Tallahassee Police Chief Walt McNeil.
The liquid is clear, but has a DNA-style code in its droplets that can link a crook to the exact scene of the crime. Plus, it stays on hair, skin and clothes for months. Swabbed onto valuables, Smartwater's telltale green glow can help folks recover stolen property.
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