Rotterdam tackles armed robbery with DNA spray
Synthetic DNA sprayed on thieves with remain on their bodies and help police in identifying the criminals.26 November 2008
ROTTERDAM – The Rotterdam police force are to introduce a one-year pilot project involving the use of a washable spray to combat armed robberies in shops and petrol stations.
The idea is that thieves will be sprayed with a substance containing synthetic DNA through perforations in the ceiling. The shop owner activates the system by pushing a button while the thieves are running out the door.
This synthetic DNA will remain on the criminal's body for at least a week, even longer on his clothes. The police can then prove that a suspect was present at the scene of an armed robbery.
The first spray system has been installed at a tobacco shop in Rotterdam. Twenty further shops will follow suit.
[Radio Netherlands / Expatica]