A 28-year-old man has been arrested and charged with theft as part of an ongoing Police Scotland initiative utilising SmartWater.

Since September, thousands of homes across Scotland have been provided with the specially designed traceable liquid to prevent housebreakings in areas that had been previously identified as a hotspot for acquisitive crime offences. However, in addition, police and SmartWater have also been utilising opportunities to proactively target those involved in crimes of this nature.

For the past few weeks, officers in Edinburgh have planted a mountain bike, which is coated in the solution, at various areas of the city. On Friday 21st November the bike was stolen from outside the University of Edinburgh Library in George Street.

Police were then able to trace the stolen bike to an address in Hyvot Gardens the following day and detained a male in connection with the theft. Using an ultraviolet (UV) lamp, the male was found to be covered in SmartWater and was subsequently arrested. He will appear in court at a later date.

Detective Chief Inspector Stuart Houston said: “When we embarked on this initiative to utilise SmartWater, our focus was on crime prevention. However, we remain committed to proactively identifying those responsible for acquisitive crime and bringing them to justice, and working alongside SmartWater Technology Ltd we have been using a marked bike in areas where break-ins and thefts have regularly been reported.”

Brian Connel, SmartWater’s Police Liaison Consultant in Scotland. “Whilst our partnership with Police Scotland focusses on keeping people safe and secure and preventing them from becoming victims of crime, we also have those responsible for these crimes in our sights. Therefore we are delighted that Police Scotland have taken the SmartWater straight to the criminal’s door. The excellent work of these officers reinforces that SmartWater is out there and the police are looking for it.”