High-tech 'Smartwater' can combat crime - FOX 32 News Chicago

High-tech 'Smartwater' can combat crime

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CHICAGO (FOX 32 News) -

Some residents in Porter County, Indiana will soon be some of the first in the country to start relying on a special kind of water to combat home burglaries.

The water is called "Smartwater," but don't be confused, it's not an electrolyte drink you buy at the supermarket.

Imagine putting a single drop of water on your jewelry, your iPad, or your flat screen TV that would help locate it, if it was stolen. It’s a drop that would invisibly mark it as yours and nobody else's, like a fingerprint, which police could trace back to you.

“It fit perfectly with what we are hoping to accomplish,” said Porter County Sheriff Dave Lain.

Over the next few weeks, Lain will be handing out vials of the Smartwater. The sheriff wanted a cutting edge technology to help fight crime. He's used some excess dollars from the county jail to obtain 150 Smartwater kits, at about $35 each. They'll be going to senior citizens who can apply them around the house.

“Anything that you feel is valuable. As the old commercial used to say, 'a little dab will do ya.' But this is anything but Brylcreem,” added Lain.

Every vial of Smartwater contains a mix of 30 rare earth minerals that are all different.

The company's United Kingdom headquarters has the names of everyone who's using it.

“All I do is put it on an area that's not going to be a movable part,” said Lain.

If the watch was stolen and recovered by police, they can use an ultra violet light to locate the drop of Smartwater, send a small sample to headquarters overseas and identify the watch as yours.

“Best way I can describe it, it’s like painting on DNA, if you will,” Lain added.

Just like with alarm systems, Smartwater clients will have decals on their homes, informing would-be burglars that they are protected.

“What this will do is reduce the amount of risk to the victim, and in the event they are victimized, this is a very reliable way to get the items back,” Lain said.

The Smartwater supposedly lasts for at least five years after it's applied.

Lain is convinced it would work in Cook County, and he says he's reached out to sheriff Tom Dart to tell him about it.

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