SmartWater forensic solution used to tackle surveying equipment thefts

Risk management company the SmartWater Group is working with The Survey Association (TSA) and survey equipment manufacturers alike to help tackle the growing problem of surveying equipment theft.

Increasingly, criminal gangs have been targeting building and transport construction sites to steal expensive surveying tools. SmartWater Technology, itself a division of the SmartWater Group, has been working with TSA on mapping organised criminal gangs targeting surveying equipment nationally and providing support to police investigations.

Members of TSA report their crime data to SmartWater’s team of experienced intelligence analysts who study the information and build up informed patterns of criminality, but this is just one part of the work they do.

The construction industry is similarly targeted by the same criminal gangs. When businesses lose valuable equipment, projects can be seriously disrupted and livelihoods lost.

SmartWater proactively uses the data to build as full an intelligence picture as possible, helping to pinpoint the activity of organised crime groups.

In support of the partnership between TSA, equipment manufacturers and the police, SmartWater urges those in the construction industry suffering from high value equipment theft to report their crime incidents to  donotreplyanalysts@smartwater.com

TSA president Adam Bradley noted: “It’s vital that TSA members, and indeed 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 helps to build the evidence required to make arrests and recover stolen equipment.”

Gary Higgins, chief operating officer at SmartWater Technology, added: “SmartWater is making it much harder for criminal gangs to target surveyors. As well as continuing our partnership with the TSA, we’re working directly with the three major manufacturers of surveying tools and police forces across the UK. Stolen equipment can be easily identified, enabling legal cases to be brought against criminal gangs. Our new CIAP Centre is helping to prevent thefts from happening in the first place by providing intelligence to clients.”

SmartWater is currently the only forensic system compliant with the Home Office Forensic Science Regulator’s Code of Practice and, therefore, the only solution currently admissible in a Court of Law.

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