Latest Weapon in War on Crime: DNA Spray
Mist contains markers designed to identify would-be crooks
By Kate Seamons, Newser Staff
Posted Oct 19, 2010 9:15 AM CDT
No need for riot gear ... just break out the DNA spray.   (?Karen Eliot)

(Newser) – In the Netherlands' port city of Rotterdam, crime is way down, thanks to ... a little scientific innovation. Hoping to reel in the number of robberies, police began dishing out DNA spray to beleaguered restaurants and jewelry stores. The spray, which emits a mist laced with synthetic DNA markers unique to the business's location when activated by employees, both marks the would-be robber and alerts police that a crime is occurring. The intention is to intimidate crooks, say police.

A sign on the front door of one previously burgled McDonald’s reads: “You Steal, You’re Marked.” Police, who note they haven't yet made an arrest by using the mist, say such tactics are working, and report a significant decline in crime rates. The New York Times reports that the city is also pushing the use of DNA crayons, which can be used to mark pricey items like computers or cameras.

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Oct 20, 2010 4:43 PM CDT
@Nodd " wonder If I could get away with claiming to just be spreading a DNA spray? No, officer, I was not, no matter what she says...I was simply laying a trap for would-be criminals. Jeez" Was the Jeez or Jizz?
Oct 20, 2010 4:40 PM CDT
Big deal. I've been spraying my DNA for years now. Bars, ToyRus and a Wendys have felt my wrath!
Oct 20, 2010 2:48 AM CDT
Awesome. We should get this in robbery hotspots nationwide. They still have to arrest you and check your DNA before they can identify you as being at any store you were sprayed at, and DNA is only testable with a warrant. And, of course, you still have to be robbing the store before you will get sprayed. I like it.