The anti-social riding of scrambler bikes continues to cause problems across the UK, and West Yorkshire Police are the latest force to be deploying the SelectaDNA Defence Spray as a new and effective strategy to deal with offenders driving these illegal and nuisance off-road bikes.
Behaviour escalates when youths threaten members of the public and assault police who are attempting to prevent their conduct. Over the past 12 months, areas such as Wakefield in West Yorkshire, have seen a massive 41% increase in the use of stolen motor bikes and scooters.
West Mercia, Warwickshire and Staffordshire are reporting increased thefts and anti-social behaviour on motorcycles across their counties.
Reports indicate that young men and even children have been stealing bikes and using them locally on public highways without any training, protective equipment, licences or insurance. Riders continue to place themselves and others at risk of serious injury and death as they ride on roads, footpaths and public areas with little regard for safety.
Inspector Paul Sullivan of West Yorkshire Police said: “The primary problem in pursuing any prosecutions against suspected offenders revolves around lack of identification evidence. A lack of witness testimony and forensic opportunities means that it is very difficult to secure sufficient evidence to support charges.”
A high percentage of the bikes used are off-road motocross bikes, often ridden with no MOT or insurance. Statistics suggest that up to 40% of the bikes seized through specific operations were stolen.
One means of bridging this gap is to deploy a product that can resolve the identification problem. The SelectaDNA Defence Spray can be sprayed by officers at suspected illegal and antisocial scrambler bikes, marking the bikes, clothing and skin of any riders and passengers with a uniquely coded but invisible dye. If suspects are arrested or bikes recovered, the DNA code will link offenders to bikes and any associated criminal offences.
Once deployed the spray can be detected under ultraviolet light, which is already a standard feature in police custody suites.
“The solution can be projected onto a suspect without causing any harm whatsoever and will remain detectable for weeks and months on clothing and indefinitely on footwear,” said Inspector Sullivan.
Once the offender has come into contact with the solution, officers from West Yorkshire Police will later carry out follow up visits to known suspects’ home addresses armed with handheld UV lamps to detect the product on the person, clothing and footwear.
“Where there is a positive reaction to SelectaDNA, the suspect will be arrested and clothing will be seized,” said Inspector Sullivan. One offender who tested positive for SelectaDNA is currently in custody, awaiting trial in October.
For further information and images contact: Angela Singleton, Press Officer for Selectamark.
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