Police Start Using 'Water Pistols' To Fight Moped Crime
If you're one of those gimps that goes round causing trouble on your moped/hairdryer, you are in for a shock because the police have upped their game - they'll now be using water pistols to keep you in check.
In the hope of cracking down on anti-social behaviour and 'moped-enabled crime', police are trialling the use of new 'SmartTag' technology. Once sprayed on the suspect, it leaves a mark for up to three months.
SmartTag, a special, traceable forensic spray, developed by international crime-busting firm SmartWater, will see criminals who threaten or attack people, or try to escape a crime scene on a moped or motorbike, sprayed with the forensic spray from a distance before they escape.
Staffordshire Police have officially launched the new scheme today, which was put to the test in a mock crime scene. Used like an aerosol, the police officer just has to pull the safety pin, aim and spray the criminal. The liquid then links the offender to the crime scene long after the incident has taken place.
Gary Higgins, Consultant Director of Security Services at SmartWater, said: "This is the latest effective deterrent perfected by SmartWater which can be used in the ongoing fight against crime.
"The cans dispense a spray stream of uniquely coded liquid to accurately, forensically tag offenders up to eight to 10 metres away. It is invisible to the naked eye but glows under UV light.
"The liquid is near impossible to remove and will remain on skin and hair for weeks or months, even with frequent washing.
"SmartTag is ideal for police and law enforcement, allowing for discrete tagging and identification of offenders as well as being used to reduce the risk of attack for 'at risk' people, such as security guards, door staff, shopkeepers and hospital staff.
"When an arrest is made, SmartWater scientists will analyse traces of SmartWater found on the offender to identify the unique forensic code, linking it back to the crime scene or incident. SmartWater has already been used to jail thousands of criminals and retains a 100 per cent conviction rate in court.
"Our scientists only require trace the size of a speck of dust to link the offender back to a crime scene."
Chief Inspector Sarah Wainwright, from Staffordshire Police, said: "This new partnership is an exciting step in our constant efforts to modernise policing and equip officers with the right tools.
"We hope this new technology will help us to address an ongoing issue of anti-social behaviour in the Cannock Chase area and send a positive message to the local community that we are doing all we can to address their concerns."
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