Marissa Bagg reports
Boynton Beach police are teaming up with SmartWater CSI to help track items that could be stolen in a burglary
BOYNTON BEACH, Fla. - Geneva Wilkins is still shaken after she awoke to a burglar in her home Sunday morning.
"I didn't think to look that way, but I saw a light flashing and he took off out the door just like that," said Wilkins.
The burglar got away with cash and a cell phone.
"This has never happened to us, I can't take it, it's just too much," she said.
Monday Boynton Beach police unveiled the kind of tool that could ease Geneva's fears.
Residents can mark their valuables with SmartWater CSI. If those marked items are ever stolen and recovered, police can track them and return them to you.
Each container marks up to 60 items. You just take it out, and leave a mark on an item. The liquid leaves a permanent code that can only be seen with a special black light.
"We tell the bad guys this is marked with a signature that says this product is yours or mine, it can't belong to anyone else it's marked."
The Riviera Beach Police Department is already using the technology; detectives say it has helped solve at least one burglary.
Boynton Beach officers will be handing out 500 kits of SmartWater CSI to residents at the Boynton Lakes North Community Center at 100 Redford Drive, Tuesday at 5 p.m. They are free to the public.
"That's a good idea because I'm slow and I can't get around like I used to," said Geneva.
After the scare Geneva had, she says she'll be sure to pick one up.