Rotterdam tackles armed robbery with DNA spray

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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]

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