SmartWater innovates forensic solution to help combat frequent surveying equipment thefts

Surveyor Equipment Theft

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The SmartWater Group is innovating forensic solutions that can help combat the theft of surveying equipment as criminal gangs and Organised Crime Groups continue to target building and transport construction sites.

Preventing theft

For the past two years, SmartWater Technology – a sub-division of The SmartWater Group – has been working alongside The Survey Association (TSA) and various survey equipment manufacturers to support police investigations.

“SmartWater is making it much harder for criminal gangs to get away with targeting surveyors,” said COO of SmartWater Technology, Gary Higgins.

“As well as continuing our partnership with TSA, we are also working directly with the three major manufacturers of surveying tools – as well as police forces across the UK.”

“Stolen equipment can be easily identified, enabling legal cases to be brought against criminal gangs and our new CIAP centre is helping to prevent thefts happening in the first place by providing intelligence to clients.”

By studying patterns of criminality, the Intelligence Analysts working at SmartWater Technology can assist investigations by forensically mapping incidents of theft to recognise trends and hotspots.

Recognising the importance of reporting these incidents, TSA President, Adam Bradley stated : “It is vital that TSA Members and those in the wider construction industry impacted by theft, continue to provide SmartWater with the data needed to disrupt organised criminal activity.”

“Reporting every incident of theft and attempted theft to SmartWater builds the evidence required to make arrests and recover stolen equipment.”

If you work in the above industries and have been a victim of high-value equipment theft, SmartWater urges you to report it to: [email protected]

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