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Already moved home or about to move to a new house? If you are an existing SmartWater customer, simply complete our change of address form and we will ensure your records are update accordingly.

How do I transfer ownership of marked items? This is not a problem. Simply make a note of the item you have sold and the person / company you have sold it to. You should also provide a receipt for the buyer, so they have proof that they have bought the item. Even if the new owner does not choose to register (transfer) the SmartWater protected item, your code will help Police track down the owner should the goods be stolen and later recovered.

You can also record a log of which items you have marked with our handy Asset Register, found here.

If you are unforunate enough to be burgled, you must report it to the Police in the usual way and be sure to tell them that the items in question are marked with SmartWater. If you’re thinking about making a claim through your insurance provider you will also need to let them know immediately. Finally, please inform SmartWater via our enquiry form here; we will take your crime reference number and where possible liaise with local law enforcement agencies.

Once applied, Dab-It-On™ is permanent and able to withstand long term, direct exposure to sunlight and extreme temperatures. SmartWater’s Dab-It-On™ liquid conforms to the highest possible standards of robustness (Grade A External specification, BSI PAS 820:2012). The unique forensic code is guaranteed to last a minimum of 5 years if applied in accordance with the Application Instructions supplied with your liquid.

Whilst still in the bottle, the shelf life is 2 years from the date on manufacture. A ‘use by’ date will be printed on the bottle.

No, once you have surpassed the ‘Use by’ date found on your unique bottle of Dab-It-On, we are no longer able to guarantee the efficacy of the liquid, when applying to new items.

If you wish to dispose of the bottle and remaining liquid, please consult your Application Instructions for further instruction.

How to get additional supplies of SmartWater liquid and labels >

If you pay for a SmartWater annual membership, further supplies may be available free of charge, under the terms of the membership. Contact us via our online enquiry form here with your request.

If however you received a free pack via the Police or a community scheme, you will need to look at purchasing a new pack via our online shop.

PLEASE NOTE – additional liquid will not bear the same unique code as your previous supply, as we only ever make the same code once. This does not pose an issue, however, as both will be linked to your registration record.

If you pay for a SmartWater annual membership, further supplies may be available free of charge, under the terms of the membership. Contact us via our online enquiry form here with your request.

If however you received a free pack via the Police or a community scheme, you will need to look at purchasing a new pack via our online shop.

PLEASE NOTE – additional liquid will not bear the same unique code as your previous supply, as we only ever make the same code once. This does not pose an issue, however, as both will be linked to your registration record.

Your SmartWater Membership covers you for the following:

  • Registration of the unique forensic code together with your address details on SmartWater’s secure ISO27001 accredited database
  • The right to display SmartWater THIEVES BEWARE® deterrent stickers
  • Forensic analysis at SmartWater’s IS017025 accredited laboratory of stolen items recovered by police to conclusively prove your ownership
  • SmartWater expert witnesses to attend Court, on your behalf, to support criminal prosecutions and the recovery of your valuables by the police, if stolen from you
  • Further complimentary supplies of SmartWater forensic traceable liquid or THIEVES BEWARE® deterrent signage at no extra cost (does not apply to all membership products)

By cancelling your membership, you will lose the above benefits and will be required to remove all SmartWater THIEVES BEWARE® deterrent signage and any other warning signs referring to the use of SmartWater on your premises. Additionally, we ask that you acknowledge that your registration information will be removed from our database.

If you still wish to proceed with cancelling your membership, please contact us via our enquiry form here.*

*Please consult your terms of sale beforehand – in most cases, a notice period will apply.

No, by simply “dabbing-on” our forensic liquid you are essentially registering that item on our database* – no further action is required, though you may also wish to keep a list for your own records (a copy of an Asset Register can be found here).

*Unless you received a pack via a police scheme and a registration form was left for you to complete – this will need to be done to create a record on our database.

Yes, as the liquid is not DNA-based, it is able to withstand long term, direct exposure to sunlight, weathering and extreme temperatures. SmartWater’s traceable liquid products conform to the highest possible standards of robustness (Grade A External specification, BSI PAS 820:2012).

The unique forensic code is guaranteed to last a minimum of 5 years, even when used outdoors, if applied in accordance with the Application Instructions supplied with your liquid.

No, because the Dab-it-On traceable liquid in your pack is uniquely registered to you. If you don’t own a piece of property, then don’t mark it with your liquid.

SmartWater is guaranteed to last for a minimum period of five years. In practice it could last longer depending on how much has been applied and if the marked item is stored outdoors or indoors. You can periodically check your marked property using an ultraviolet torch – available on our online shop here.

UV torches at SmartWater Shop >

How To Apply SmartWater

SmartWater is available for a number of different applications.
Here you will find guidance and instructions for some of our most typical applications.

HOME & POSSESSIONS

VEHICLES & MARINE

Protected by worldwide trademarks and patents, SmartWater offers a unique combination of a brand that is feared by criminals and revolutionary forensic technology that provides robust traceability to your possessions, assets and valuables. Our ‘Dab-It-On’ traceable liquid assigns your assets with their own unique code, allowing them to be traced back to you and criminals back to the crime.

You can buy SmartWater ‘Dab-It-On’ for your home, by visiting our online shop.

Yes, SmartWater has aided the conviction of hundreds of criminals for crimes ranging from burglary and robbery to fly-tipping and metal theft. In addition, SmartWater maintains a 100% conviction rate when used as evidence in court. To read more about our latest arrests and convictions click the news link below.

Visit SmartWater News >

No, all SmartWater products instead contain metal-based inert, inorganic compounds, making them significantly more robust than DNA. By its very nature, DNA is extremely fragile and can be easily removed using basic household cleaning products and is destroyed under short term exposure to ultraviolet light. This makes DNA unsuitable for long-term property marking.

The most effective way of deterring criminals is to increase their chances of getting caught. Traceability makes it more difficult for a thief to sell on their stolen goods, because through traceability comes accountability – and the likelihood of proven guilt. Because the police regularly check for SmartWater on recovered stolen property and actively raise awareness of it, SmartWater is well known and feared by criminals.

With hundreds of convictions and a 100% conviction rate in court to our name, criminals are aware of our power to place them at the crime scene and secure a conviction. By displaying SmartWater THIEVES BEWARE® deterrent stickers, you are sending out a powerful warning to any would-be thieves.

During independent research, in which over 100 criminals were interviewed, 74% of those interviewed stated that they would not break into a building with a SmartWater THIEVES BEWARE® deterrent label on display.

No, once Dab-It-On™ has been applied to an item and it has dried, it will not transfer. SmartWater Dab-It-OnTM is permanent and therefore not designed to be removed. Please be sure to follow the health and safety instructions contained within your Application Instructions.

Your SmartWater Dab-It-OnTM traceable liquid carries a chemical code which is unique to you – we never make the same SmartWater code twice. The SmartWater chemical code within your liquid is stored, together with your details, on our secure database which is maintained to the highest international standards of ISO27001.

Should your property be stolen and subsequently recovered by the police, our forensic scientists can analyse traces of SmartWater on the item to identify the unique chemical code and link it back to you via the database, thus establishing the true owner.

Yes, as the liquid is not DNA-based, it is able to withstand long term, direct exposure to sunlight, weathering and extreme temperatures. SmartWater’s traceable liquid products conform to the highest possible standards of robustness (Grade A External specification, BSI PAS 820:2012).

The unique forensic code is guaranteed to last a minimum of 5 years, even when used outdoors, if applied in accordance with the Application Instructions supplied with your liquid.

View Summary of PAS820 >

SmartWater offers a totally generic form of traceability, so it can be used to mark almost any household item – including electronic equipment (such as smartphones and laptops), jewellery, hobby items (golf clubs and sporting equipment), tools, bicycles and ornaments.

No, because the Dab-it-On traceable liquid in your pack is uniquely registered to you. If you don’t own a piece of property, then don’t mark it with your liquid.

SmartWater is guaranteed to last for a minimum period of five years. In practice it could last longer depending on how much has been applied and if the marked item is stored outdoors or indoors. You can periodically check your marked property using an ultraviolet torch – available on our online shop here.

There are limitations to using a UV pen. Pens don’t write on all types of surfaces. Some items such as jewellery are too small to clearly write your postcode on. Also, thieves can strike through a postcode, scratch or deface it. SmartWater on the other hand can be applied to virtually any item and only a small amount of it is required to recover your unique code to identify the registered owner.

New to SmartWater?

Protected by worldwide trademarks and patents, SmartWater offers a unique combination of a brand that is feared by criminals and revolutionary forensic technology that provides robust traceability to your possessions, assets and valuables. Our ‘Dab-It-On’ traceable liquid assigns your assets with their own unique code, allowing them to be traced back to you and criminals back to the crime.

You can buy SmartWater ‘Dab-It-On’ for your home, by visiting our online shop.

Yes, SmartWater has aided the conviction of hundreds of criminals for crimes ranging from burglary and robbery to fly-tipping and metal theft. In addition, SmartWater maintains a 100% conviction rate when used as evidence in court. To read more about our latest arrests and convictions click the news link below.

Visit SmartWater News >

No, all SmartWater products instead contain metal-based inert, inorganic compounds, making them significantly more robust than DNA. By its very nature, DNA is extremely fragile and can be easily removed using basic household cleaning products and is destroyed under short term exposure to ultraviolet light. This makes DNA unsuitable for long-term property marking.

The most effective way of deterring criminals is to increase their chances of getting caught. Traceability makes it more difficult for a thief to sell on their stolen goods, because through traceability comes accountability – and the likelihood of proven guilt. Because the police regularly check for SmartWater on recovered stolen property and actively raise awareness of it, SmartWater is well known and feared by criminals.

With hundreds of convictions and a 100% conviction rate in court to our name, criminals are aware of our power to place them at the crime scene and secure a conviction. By displaying SmartWater THIEVES BEWARE® deterrent stickers, you are sending out a powerful warning to any would-be thieves.

During independent research, in which over 100 criminals were interviewed, 74% of those interviewed stated that they would not break into a building with a SmartWater THIEVES BEWARE® deterrent label on display.

No, once Dab-It-On™ has been applied to an item and it has dried, it will not transfer. SmartWater Dab-It-OnTM is permanent and therefore not designed to be removed. Please be sure to follow the health and safety instructions contained within your Application Instructions.

Your SmartWater Dab-It-OnTM traceable liquid carries a chemical code which is unique to you – we never make the same SmartWater code twice. The SmartWater chemical code within your liquid is stored, together with your details, on our secure database which is maintained to the highest international standards of ISO27001.

Should your property be stolen and subsequently recovered by the police, our forensic scientists can analyse traces of SmartWater on the item to identify the unique chemical code and link it back to you via the database, thus establishing the true owner.

Yes, as the liquid is not DNA-based, it is able to withstand long term, direct exposure to sunlight, weathering and extreme temperatures. SmartWater’s traceable liquid products conform to the highest possible standards of robustness (Grade A External specification, BSI PAS 820:2012).

The unique forensic code is guaranteed to last a minimum of 5 years, even when used outdoors, if applied in accordance with the Application Instructions supplied with your liquid.

View Summary of PAS820 >

SmartWater offers a totally generic form of traceability, so it can be used to mark almost any household item – including electronic equipment (such as smartphones and laptops), jewellery, hobby items (golf clubs and sporting equipment), tools, bicycles and ornaments.

No, because the Dab-it-On traceable liquid in your pack is uniquely registered to you. If you don’t own a piece of property, then don’t mark it with your liquid.

SmartWater is guaranteed to last for a minimum period of five years. In practice it could last longer depending on how much has been applied and if the marked item is stored outdoors or indoors. You can periodically check your marked property using an ultraviolet torch – available on our online shop here.

There are limitations to using a UV pen. Pens don’t write on all types of surfaces. Some items such as jewellery are too small to clearly write your postcode on. Also, thieves can strike through a postcode, scratch or deface it. SmartWater on the other hand can be applied to virtually any item and only a small amount of it is required to recover your unique code to identify the registered owner.

Already a customer?

Already moved home or about to move to a new house? If you are an existing SmartWater customer, simply complete our change of address form and we will ensure your records are update accordingly.

How do I transfer ownership of marked items? This is not a problem. Simply make a note of the item you have sold and the person / company you have sold it to. You should also provide a receipt for the buyer, so they have proof that they have bought the item. Even if the new owner does not choose to register (transfer) the SmartWater protected item, your code will help Police track down the owner should the goods be stolen and later recovered.

You can also record a log of which items you have marked with our handy Asset Register, found here.

If you are unforunate enough to be burgled, you must report it to the Police in the usual way and be sure to tell them that the items in question are marked with SmartWater. If you’re thinking about making a claim through your insurance provider you will also need to let them know immediately. Finally, please inform SmartWater via our enquiry form here; we will take your crime reference number and where possible liaise with local law enforcement agencies.

Once applied, Dab-It-On™ is permanent and able to withstand long term, direct exposure to sunlight and extreme temperatures. SmartWater’s Dab-It-On™ liquid conforms to the highest possible standards of robustness (Grade A External specification, BSI PAS 820:2012). The unique forensic code is guaranteed to last a minimum of 5 years if applied in accordance with the Application Instructions supplied with your liquid.

Whilst still in the bottle, the shelf life is 2 years from the date on manufacture. A ‘use by’ date will be printed on the bottle.

No, once you have surpassed the ‘Use by’ date found on your unique bottle of Dab-It-On, we are no longer able to guarantee the efficacy of the liquid, when applying to new items.

If you wish to dispose of the bottle and remaining liquid, please consult your Application Instructions for further instruction.

How to get additional supplies of SmartWater liquid and labels >

If you pay for a SmartWater annual membership, further supplies may be available free of charge, under the terms of the membership. Contact us via our online enquiry form here with your request.

If however you received a free pack via the Police or a community scheme, you will need to look at purchasing a new pack via our online shop.

PLEASE NOTE – additional liquid will not bear the same unique code as your previous supply, as we only ever make the same code once. This does not pose an issue, however, as both will be linked to your registration record.

If you pay for a SmartWater annual membership, further supplies may be available free of charge, under the terms of the membership. Contact us via our online enquiry form here with your request.

If however you received a free pack via the Police or a community scheme, you will need to look at purchasing a new pack via our online shop.

PLEASE NOTE – additional liquid will not bear the same unique code as your previous supply, as we only ever make the same code once. This does not pose an issue, however, as both will be linked to your registration record.

Your SmartWater Membership covers you for the following:

  • Registration of the unique forensic code together with your address details on SmartWater’s secure ISO27001 accredited database
  • The right to display SmartWater THIEVES BEWARE® deterrent stickers
  • Forensic analysis at SmartWater’s IS017025 accredited laboratory of stolen items recovered by police to conclusively prove your ownership
  • SmartWater expert witnesses to attend Court, on your behalf, to support criminal prosecutions and the recovery of your valuables by the police, if stolen from you
  • Further complimentary supplies of SmartWater forensic traceable liquid or THIEVES BEWARE® deterrent signage at no extra cost (does not apply to all membership products)

By cancelling your membership, you will lose the above benefits and will be required to remove all SmartWater THIEVES BEWARE® deterrent signage and any other warning signs referring to the use of SmartWater on your premises. Additionally, we ask that you acknowledge that your registration information will be removed from our database.

If you still wish to proceed with cancelling your membership, please contact us via our enquiry form here.*

*Please consult your terms of sale beforehand – in most cases, a notice period will apply.

No, by simply “dabbing-on” our forensic liquid you are essentially registering that item on our database* – no further action is required, though you may also wish to keep a list for your own records (a copy of an Asset Register can be found here).

*Unless you received a pack via a police scheme and a registration form was left for you to complete – this will need to be done to create a record on our database.

Yes, as the liquid is not DNA-based, it is able to withstand long term, direct exposure to sunlight, weathering and extreme temperatures. SmartWater’s traceable liquid products conform to the highest possible standards of robustness (Grade A External specification, BSI PAS 820:2012).

The unique forensic code is guaranteed to last a minimum of 5 years, even when used outdoors, if applied in accordance with the Application Instructions supplied with your liquid.

No, because the Dab-it-On traceable liquid in your pack is uniquely registered to you. If you don’t own a piece of property, then don’t mark it with your liquid.

SmartWater is guaranteed to last for a minimum period of five years. In practice it could last longer depending on how much has been applied and if the marked item is stored outdoors or indoors. You can periodically check your marked property using an ultraviolet torch – available on our online shop here.

UV torches at SmartWater Shop >

How To Apply SmartWater

SmartWater is available for a number of different applications.
Here you will find guidance and instructions for some of our most typical applications.

HOME & POSSESSIONS

VEHICLES & MARINE

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