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Date:  Aug. 29, 2013

PIO Number: 13-8-36

Always trying to find new and innovative ways to combat crime, increase safety and protect the public, the Broward Sheriff’s Office is testing the water in Oakland Park.

Working with the City of Oakland Park, the Oakland Forest neighborhood was selected as the test site for SmartWater CSI, a forensically encoded liquid used to mark property and assets likely to be stolen during a burglary. BSO Explorers, Oakland Park Neighborhood Response Team and Citizen Observer Patrol canvassed the Oakland Forest neighborhood this past weekend, handing out over 1,000 flyers notifying residents they can obtain a SmartWater CSI kit at a safety neighborhood meeting Thursday evening.

The meeting will be taking place:
6:30-8:30 p.m. Aug. 29
Pines Clubhouse/pool
2760 S. Oakland Forest Dr., Oakland Park

Community outreach personnel will be discussing neighborhood crimes and providing safety tips and information to help residents protect their homes and valuables. SmartWater CSI representatives will also be on-hand instructing those present how the SmartWater CSI technology can help safeguard their property and how to utilize it.

“Our ultimate goal is to apprehend criminals and prevent crimes and we're hopeful SmartWater can assist us to accomplish both,” Sheriff Scott Israel said. “This product has proven to be successful overseas and we’re thankful for the cooperation from the City of Oakland Park for joining us in this trial.”

SmartWater is a water-based, clear solution which is brushed or sprayed onto property, drying totally invisible. Each bottle contains the owner’s unique forensic formula (PIN) which is logged into a secure database so recovered property can be traced.

***MEDIA NOTE: Only residents of this neighborhood will be able to obtain the kits free of charge for this testing.


Keyla Concepción/PIO
8/29/13 1130

Posted At: 08/29/2013 11:34 AM

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