By David Crane
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October 2, 2013
Back in January, around the time of SHOT Show 2013, DefenseReview (DR) came across a little CBS Miami piece on the Fort Lauderdale Police Department (FLPD) using SmartWater CSI "crime-fighting"/anti-crime marking spray to fight car theft. Well, it looks like the rest of the media, including tech sites like Gizmodo, are now running with the publicity ball on the SmartWater tech. SmartWater forensically marks, or "tags", the target/criminal with a water-based, unwashable invisible paint that shows up green under a UV light (UltraViolet light) for a very long period of time after the subject is marked. SmartWater also contains the owner's unique forensic formula (PIN) that's traceable to the scene of the crime. According to the company, this has a "chilling effect on internal and external criminal activity".
That all sounds good, but Defense Review also likes Mace Pepper Gel Distance Defense Spray, Night Defender model, which adds some pain to the equation for the perpetrator, at least for car defense scenarios, while still marking the target/perp. The only problem with Mace is that you'd have to wipe it completely clean from your car to avoid getting stung, yourself, later.
So, what's the downside? Well, it was invented by the British. A little joke. U.S. headquarters is out of Ft. Lauderdale, Florida, which is wholly appropriate, as its right next door Miami, which has one of the highest car-theft percentages in the country.
Company Contact Info:
Logan Pierson, President
Brenda Bailey, Business Development Director
SmartWater CSI, LLC
110 East Broward Boulevard, Suite 1700
Fort Lauderdale, FL 33301
Ambit Advertising and Public Relations
2601 E. Oakland Park Boulevard, Suite 301
Fort Lauderdale, FL 33306
Phone: 954-568-2100 Ext: 105
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