Prince George’s County is getting smart.
Multiple communities throughout the county are now displaying signs warning potential thieves that SmartWater technology is now in use throughout the community.
The technology, created by SmartWater out of the United Kingdom, allows residents to mark their personal belongings with a liquid containing a unique forensic code.
SmartWater is a silent and invisible witness, according to the Prince George’s County Police. Once it is applied, the liquid can only be seen under a unique light. The marking allows stolen items to be identified more easily and is aimed to help the police investigate these crimes.
Residents can mark any items they choose to protect, including cellphones, televisions, computers, tools, bicycles and lawn equipment.
The SmartWater technology is one of the new tools Chief Hank Stawinski has deployed within Prince George’s County.