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New technology aims to help protect farmers in Robertson County

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In Robertson County, it’s CSI meets farming.

The Robertson County Sheriff's Office is using new technology to help protect farmers from criminals with a solution called SmartWater CSI.

The sheriff's office is the first agency in Tennessee to incorporate SmartWater CSI as a crime prevention tool. The new program is called FarmWatch.

Every bottle has a unique chemical forensic code, kind of like DNA. That bottle is registered to a farmer or property owner, which they can use on their equipment.

Anything marked with SmartWater CSI can be traced back to its original location, and anyone who touches the marked equipment can be placed at the scene of a crime.

“Sounds like a pretty good idea to me,” said farmer Kenneth Foster.

Foster knows agricultural crimes exist.

“Most of the time it's more vandalism than anything else,” he said. “(Thieves) came in one night after we'd shut down, and cut our hoses and got what anhydrous (ammonia) they wanted.”

Anhydrous ammonia is sometimes used to make methamphetamine.

According to a news release, the Robertson County Sheriff's Office has been working with farmers for years developing a plan for this program.

The sheriff's office states all inmates booked into the jail will be scanned for contact with SmartWater CSI.

The solution is pretty much invisible to the naked eye. But, under an ultraviolet light, it shows up as a bright yellow color.

The sheriff's office will be distributing a limited number of kits on the initial launch of the program.

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