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Leading risk management company SmartWater Group is working with police forces to fight domestic abuse and help victims feel safer. This follows a widely reported increase in domestic violence during lockdown due to victims being trapped at home with their abusers. To help this UK wide situation, SmartWater’s forensic marking liquid, which has traditionally been used to deter offences of theft and burglary, is now being used to protect victims of domestic abuse.

One police force that is already seeing results from this new initiative is South Yorkshire Police, where they are seeing a 69 per cent reduction in reported incidents and a 94 per cent reduction in harm from those incidents reported.

The police are remaining tight-lipped on the various methods they are using to deploy SmartWater at the time of an incident but perpetrators who are marked with SmartWater will be forensically linked to the scene of the crime. This is helping the police to build a strong evidence case against them in circumstances that can often be difficult to prove.

SmartWater is also currently the only forensic marking system that is compliant with the Government Forensic Science Regulators Code of Practice.

Jack Richardson