Tracking Criminals With A DNA Mist

ROTTERDAM-JRL-2-popupA “DNA mist” that store employees can spray on unaware robbers: is this the future of crime-fighting? New York Times reports:

Rotterdam, the Netherlands — When the McDonald’s down from City Hall here was burglarized a few years ago, its managers decided they needed a new security system.

It was just about that time that local police officers were offering something totally different that they hoped would stem a rising tide of robberies that occur mainly in the immigrant neighborhoods of this rough-and-tumble port city. The new system involved an employee-activated device that sprays a fine, barely visible mist laced with synthetic DNA to cover anyone in its path, including criminals, and simultaneously alerts the police to a crime in progress.

The mist — visible only under ultraviolet light — carries DNA markers particular to the location, enabling the police to match the burglar with the place burgled. Now, a sign on the front door of the McDonald’s prominently warns potential thieves of the spray’s presence: “You Steal, You’re Marked.”

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  • emperorreagan

    If I want to randomly spray my DNA on people, it’s a sex crime. If a store does it, it’s fighting crime.

  • emperorreagan

    If I want to randomly spray my DNA on people, it’s a sex crime. If a store does it, it’s fighting crime.

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