By Daily Mail Reporter
PUBLISHED: 00:48 EST, 12 January 2013 | UPDATED: 07:39 EST, 12 January 2013
McDonald’s is installing a spray in more than 700 stores which covers thieves in DNA linking them to a specific crime for several months, it has emerged.
The fast food giant is taking the drastic action following a spate of robberies in its Australian outlets over Christmas and New Year.
The burger chain has linked with up with UK security firm SelectaDNA and will now install the system which covers thieves with the invisible, non-toxic spray in all its 780 outlets across the country.
Marked for months: The DNA spray glows bright blue under UV light and remains on clothes, even if washed, for up to six months
McDonalds in Australia have experienced a rush of robberies over Christmas and New Year and are now turning to technological deterrents
If targeted by the spray, police can see the information for up to several months under UV light and the thief is marked by a unique DNA code that links them to a specific crime and location.
SelectaDNA claim on its website that the spray is one of the ‘most effective ways to deter commercial burglaries’, as ‘criminals are petrified of DNA technology.’
The system is usually attached above a door and the spray is synced to a panic button or alarm.
Speaking to News.com.au, McDonald’s Australia’s chief restaurant support officer, Jackie McArthur said: ‘Once there has been a security breach, the hi-tech spray unit will douse fleeing robbers with an invisible, synthetic DNA solution.’
SelectaDNA say that the spray contains ‘a UV tracer and a unique DNA code, linking them irrefutably to the crime scene.’ The solution glows bright blue under police UV torch.
The system is usually fixed above a door and activated by an alarm system or panic button
HOW SPRAY CAPTURES CRIMINALS
In recent years sprays such as this have become an increasingly popular deterrent against crime and anti-social behaviour for businesses and schools.
The system which will be used in the Australian McDonald’s stores will be attached above a door and the spray will be synched to a panic button or alarm.
Once the thief is covered in the invisible solution, it will remain on their clothes for up to six months, even if they are washed.
If the offender is captured by police, they will be able to see the unique DNA code under UV light which would link them to the specific crime and location.
It is extremely similar to SmartWater which is used extensively across the UK.
Once marked the information is very difficult to remove. According to the security firm, ‘the UV and DNA will remain on an offender for weeks – clinging to fibres and sitting in creases of the skin.’
Alice Baillie, marketing manager for SelectaDNA, told ABC News that the solution can remain on clothing, even if it is washed, for up to six months.
On other items, like bags, hats and weapons, the spray can stay ‘indefinitely.’
SelectaDNA director David Morrissey said that ‘SelectaDNA is non-toxic, non-allergenic and perfectly safe to deploy. It meets all Australian standards.’
McDonald’s has introduced the technological deterrent after a spree of robberies at its Sydney restaurants at the turn of the year. The chain trialled the system in their six busiest outlets in 2012.
A spokeswoman for McDonald’s told the Sydney Morning Herald: ‘It’s a great deterrent.
‘During the trial the restaurants experienced zero robberies and reduced instances of anti-social behaviour.’
SelectaDNA, the British security firm who runs the system, claims that criminals are petrified of DNA