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DNA Spray Links Criminals to the Place They Robbed
10-21-2010, 07:50 PM,
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DNA Spray Links Criminals to the Place They Robbed
DNA Spray Links Criminals to the Place They Robbed

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SelectaDNA Spray Is in Nine Countries and May Be in the U.S. Soon
By MARY PLUMMER
LONDON Oct. 21, 2010 —
http://abcnews.go.com/Technology/TheLaw/dna-spray-scares-robbers/story?id=11927740

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Bank robbers have been wary of the exploding money pack that covers them with a bright colored dye for years.

But now they've got one more thing to worry about as a more sophisticated way of marking robbers is making its way into stores and businesses that are frequently targeted by thieves, a device that sprays an invisible DNA mist on the bad guys that won't wash off for weeks.

The mist, which is now being used in nine countries and coming to the U.S. soon, shows up under ultraviolent light and contains a DNA code that police stations scan for when they bring in criminals. The unique code irrefutably links criminals to the scene of the crime.

"The word DNA spreads fear into even the most hardened criminals," said Jason Brown, business director of Selectamark, the company that created SelectaDNA Spray.

Selectamark says the spray stops crime by scaring criminals away with warning signs posted outside of protected buildings that read "You Steal, You're Marked."

The mist is so fine, it's unlikely a robber would know he's been hit. It sinks into the target's skin and hair where it sits for weeks.

"You can take a shower three times a day, but the DNA stays on," said Jean-Paul Fafie, the manager at one of several McDonald's restaurants in Rotterdam, the Netherlands, that had the spray system installed.

Fafie is a big fan of the system for good reason. He was robbed at gunpoint five years ago while closing up the store at 5 a.m. Three men burst in, and shoved a gun to his head while they tied him up and stole about 8,000 euros, or $11,000.

"It feels safer," he said of having the system, which was installed about a year ago and so far hasn't had to be tested. "We hope that the robbers think twice before they come in."

No arrests have yet been made that are attributed to the DNA mist, and police say while the mist is extremely effective at protecting individual shops the overall rate of crime isn't down. It's just changed locations.

"They go now to stores without DNA spray. It's not that they do less criminal activity," said Quirine Schillings, a communications officer for the Rotterdam police. She added that in Rotterdam, robberies are way down and none of the locations with the spray installed have been burglarized. But crime has risen in poorer areas outside of town that don't have the resources to install the system.

The SelectaDNA Spray has potential for helping police solve who-dun-it mysteries. "Often times it's not that they [police] don't know who they [robbers] are, it's that they don't have evidence to get a prosecution," said Selectamark's Managing Director Andrew Knight. SelectaDNA Spray helps that problem, and has the potential to put more guilty parties behind bars, he said.

DNA Mister Not Enough for Conviction

But Schilling points out that the spray alone isn't enough evidence to convict someone. It proves the culprit was there, but not that they actually committed a crime. Police have to rely on other evidence, like surveillance cameras, to prove what took place.

The spray, which was developed in 2008, is being used in a series of European countries from Belgium to Hungary. The Bank of New Zealand has just invested in the product and will have all of its branches installed with the spray by next month, Knight said.

He said SelectaDNA Spray may soon be coming to the U.S., but officials declined to comment other than noting big-name retailers and banks are interested.
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10-22-2010, 09:32 AM,
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RE: DNA Spray Links Criminals to the Place They Robbed
Quote:The unique code irrefutably links criminals to the scene of the crime. .. It proves the culprit was there, but not that they actually committed a crime.

Does it? What's stopping someone from spraying someone for a framing? Also, it isn't associated with a timestamping mechanism to corroborate when the spraying took place.

Quote:But Schilling points out that the spray alone isn't enough evidence to convict someone...

Good, at least for now but ..

Quote:Police have to rely on other evidence, like surveillance cameras, to prove what took place.

Surveillance camera video can be faked almost flawlessly now given the effort and present only a certain perspective.

Nice gaming tool of the legal system to leave places with a false sense of security, selectively enforce, levy PR around a case and potentially be abused to falsely convict and imprison, financially ruin, discredit and blackmail any individual they wish to drag down or even for the sake of "solving" the case to justify it's use.

Quote:"You can take a shower three times a day, but the DNA stays on,"

OK so that's what doesn't work. Here's a clue right on the SELECTDNA website as to how to get rid of a Select DNA marker..

Quote:If marking items which will be kept outside, apply solution on areas which are less likely to be exposed to direct sunlight - ie on the underside of a bike frame.
http://www.selectadna.co.uk/forensic-coding-police-kits.html

The SELECTDNA testimonials and news section give a bit of an indication as to how widely used it already is in Europe.
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10-22-2010, 06:25 PM,
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RE: DNA Spray Links Criminals to the Place They Robbed
You aren't under threat unless you have criminal intent, and corrupt authorities could always frame someone, or retrofit an "intent" for that matter.
The inefficiences of authorities are NOT an argument against the need for them.
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