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We’re using SmartWater technology to protect our vans and high value equipment

The Fleet Management Team will be introducing SmartWater Technology to increase the security of our fleet of vans.

SmartWater Technology is at the cutting edge of crime prevention, and we are using it to protect our vans and the high value equipment we carry in them.

SmartWater is a traceable liquid and forensic asset marking system that is applied to items of value to identify thieves and deter theft. The liquid contains a code and leaves a long lasting and unique identifier, whose presence is invisible except under an ultraviolet black light.

Our Fleet Team deal with many issues relating to vandalism and break-ins. This is a real problem because not only does it take our vans off the road – costing us time and money – it also impacts revenue when it comes to our insurance premiums.

The rollout of the SmartWater Technology will be implemented during March and April, with the aim to have all vans covered by 1 May.

Scott Fincham Maintenance Operations Support Manager said: “I’m really excited about the potential of SmartWater Technology to protect all our vehicles. We are always looking for new and innovative ways to bolster the security of our fleet of vans and SmartWater Technology is the next phase to enable us to do this.

“SmartWater technology is at the cutting edge of crime prevention and will act as a deterrent to criminals breaking into our vans. It is a traceable liquid and forensic asset marking system. If something is marked with the technology, it is really hard to sell on. It can also stick for up to five years – even in wet conditions – and if you get any on your skin the code can also stick with you for up to five years.

“The clear liquid can be painted onto anything that’s valuable. It’s not visible unless you shine it under a dark UV light. Within the liquid there is a unique code. The coding within the SmartWater Technology we have bought includes a Citizen code – making the code unique to us. The liquid is being distributed to all our engineers so that we can paint valuable equipment in our vans.

“The Fleet Team have already taken measures to improve the security of our vans. Some of this recent work has included fitting stronger locks and protector plates which protect the vulnerable areas around the locking mechanism on commercial vehicles. We have already seen a slight decline since implementing these measures and the implementation of SmartWater Technology will go further to protect our vans and valuable assets.”

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