JUST two months after it was installed at a convenience store in Knoxville, United States, SelectaDNA Spray has been credited by local police with ending a run of robberies.
Lee's Food Mart was one of the first businesses in the US to have the SelectaDNA Intruder Spray installed in May. A Subway sandwich store in Knoxville was also fitted with the system.
The crime-fighting tool uses a synthetic DNA spray unique to each location where it is installed, tagging intruders as they enter or exit a business during a break-in or robbery.
The spray is detectable for several weeks — clinging to clothing and creases in the skin — but is visible under ultraviolet light. If the spray is detected on a suspect once in custody, a laboratory test can match the DNA spray to the specific store, tying the suspect to the crime scene.
Before Lee's Food Mart introduced the system and its accompanying deterrent warning signs, the store suffered five robberies in five months. The most recent robbery was reported on 1st April.
Take a look at this US news report which explains the problems the store had before the installation and how effectively it has deterred robbery since:
Lee Tramel, an assistant chief deputy with the Knox County Sheriff's Office, said: "It's still early in the trial, but it's clear that the technology is making a difference in seriously preventing crime.”
He added: “We're excited to be on the forefront of this new technology to stop criminals from acting, and catch them when they do."
For further information and images contact: Angela Singleton, Press Officer for Selectamark.
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