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Forensic technology helps fight ATM crime

SmartWater Technology Limited : 28 October, 2016  (Application Story)
The Co-op is fighting ATM theft at its retail outlets with the use of SmartWater forensic tracking technology
Forensic technology helps fight ATM crime

Splashing the cash, and criminals, could cut ATM crime in communities as the Co-op teams-up with award-winning forensic technology company SmartWater to roll-out a ground-breaking new deterrent linking criminals back to the scene of a crime.

In a first of its kind, SmartWater has adapted its dispersal technology to ensure that both the criminals and the stolen cash are marked, regardless of how the ATM is attacked.

Starting in the South West and Wales, SmartWater systems will be installed at hundreds of cash dispensers located at the community retailer’s food shops in October, with a unique forensic signature at each ATM increasing the risk to criminals of being tracked and traced by Police following a theft, and helping to secure a conviction.

Invisible to the naked eye, an amount of the gel the size of a speck of dust can provide the “solution” for scientists to undertake a successful analysis and help Police with identification, with the forensic signature guaranteed to last five years.

Chris Whitfield, Co-op’s Director of Retail and Logistics, said: “The technology is at the forefront of combating ATM crime which not only impacts retailers but can affect communities and customers too. Teaming-up with SmartWater, whose proprietary technology has a proven track record in being a powerful deterrent, will use the latest ATM capabilities and innovations to benefit local communities and potentially reduce crime.”

Phil Cleary, CEO and Co-Founder of SmartWater said "This technical development represents a serious upgrade in the security of ATMs as SmartWater products have helped convict hundreds of criminals world-wide and retains a 100% track record in Court. Simply, the ATMs protected by SmartWater now represent too high a risk for criminals and the more professional will give them a wide berth’.

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