The Riviera Beach CRA—with its multifaceted mission to guide the redevelopment of the City of Riviera Beach—has added a new high-tech element to its crime prevention efforts. FREE home chemical coding kits, which help to deter burglaries and increase the likelihood that victims are reunited with their items, are now available to concerned residents while supplies last.
Since its inception in 1984, the Riviera Beach CRA has used every available resource to create jobs, advance infrastructure and improve the quality of life in the City of Riviera Beach, Florida. On its latest list of initiatives is encouraging residents to mark their valuable and meaningful belongings using an easy-to-use chemical coding kit that the CRA supplies to residents within the CRA District for free.
SmartWater CSI Forensic Property Coding Kits contain chemical synthetic DNA unique to each kit that is registered and traceable back to the owner of the property, lasts for five years after application, and is invisible unless viewed under ultraviolet black light where it fluoresces in yellow.
“Unlike initials etched into jewelry and heirlooms, burglars have no idea it’s there,” says Scott Evans, Interim Executive Director for the CRA. “Upon recovery, victims of theft stand a much better chance of being reunited with their most treasured belongings. In addition, as increasing numbers of home and business owners throughout the Riviera Beach CRA District employ the technology, it is hoped that those with bad intentions will get the message that our neighborhood is not a viable target for burglaries.”
According to Mr. Evans, the CRA’s SmartWater CSI home asset coding initiative received a very successful start with Clean and Safe Ambassadors distributing 254 kits to residents throughout the Riviera Beach Heights neighborhood in a pilot program.
Riviera Beach residents and business owners who would like a free kit are invited to attend any Riviera Beach CRA Neighborhood Watch meeting and request a kit while supplies last. The next Neighborhood Watch meeting is May 21, 2019, at 6:00 p.m. at the Clean and Safe Operations Center at 1229 East Blue Heron Boulevard, Riviera Beach, Florida 33404. To obtain a free kit, residents and business owners also may visit the CRA office at 2001 Broadway, Suite 300, or by calling 561-844-3408. To be eligible for a free kit, you must be a resident or business owner within the CRA District.
The Riviera Beach Community Redevelopment Agency
The Riviera Beach Community Redevelopment Agency is at the heart of dramatic transformations underway within its district. Formed in 1984 by the Riviera Beach City Council, the CRA provides funding for a wide scope of projects that incentivize economic growth through business attraction and retention; finances new and improved infrastructure for real estate projects; and generally works to expand the tax base by creating a welcoming environment that eliminates blight and improves the perception of safety in the area.
The Agency’s main mission is to guide the city’s redevelopment efforts. This includes making investments of public funds in key infrastructure improvement projects that have the capacity to act as a catalyst for additional private funding and development, create jobs and help to improve the quality of life for city residents. For more information about the Riviera Beach Community Redevelopment Agency, visit rbcra.com.