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On Guard Against Retail & Business Crime

On Guard Against Retail & Business Crime

Robbers and burglars targeting retailers and businesses in areas of Greater Manchester will be showered with an incriminating DNA spray which could put them behind bars.

Operation Guard has been launched by Greater Manchester Police after a successful scheme last year saw a 24.6% reduction in commercial burglaries compared to the same period in 2016/17.

SelectaDNA Intruder Sprays are being fitted at the most vulnerable commercial properties. If a robbery takes place, staff can activate the spray by pressing a panic button which will trigger a fine spray of traceable liquid onto the robber as they leave. For burglaries, if the alarm is triggered, the Intruder Spray will activate automatically.

Suspects can be screened by police for the liquid on clothes or skin, using UV light, providing evidence and increasing the chances of conviction.

Superintendent Caroline Hemingway said: “Following a successful trial last year, we are proud to launch Operation Guard as we look to fully support commercial premises and tackle crime, as well as reducing the number of incidents taking part across Greater Manchester.”

For further information and images contact: Angela Singleton, Press Officer for Selectamark.

Mobile: +44(0)7905 623819
Email: angela.singleton@selectamark.co.uk
Twitter: @selectadna

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