A Wagga club has installed a new state-of-the-art, DNA-based security system in the hopes of warding off potential criminals.
It might sound like something out of CSI, but the Wagga Rules Club has just fallen under the protection of the “DNA Guardian”, a high-tech alarm system that can capture a criminal’s DNA for up to two months.
Created by Adelaide company DNA Security Solutions, the system releases a completely invisible sheet of mist containing a unique DNA code which ends up on the perpetrator’s skin and clothing.
Using a special black-light torch, police can first identify whether the invisible dye is on the suspect and, if so, can take a swab to see if they have been tagged with the DNA.
DNA Security Solutions state manager Jeffre Murray said DNA was a vital aspect in placing the criminal at the scene and making conviction.
"DNA is the key to linking someone to a crime scene,” Mr Murray said. “To get a conviction for an armed hold up, you need forensic evidence."
Mr Murray said one of the system’s features was its stealth, as the perpetrator would be entirely unaware of the alarm’s presence.
"Not one criminal has ever been aware he's been marked, because they can’t see it or feel it,” he said.
There are now more than 1000 DNA security system’s installed across Australian jewellery stores, service stations, pubs and clubs.
According to Mr Murray, the technology, which has recently experienced a boom in popularity, has led to as much as a 98 per cent drop in break-ins and has a 100 per cent conviction rate.
Wagga Rules Club operations manager Shane Brustolin sad these figures were convincing enough to warrant the alarm’s installation.
"We want to ensure the staff and patrons are safe and we were convinced the security system could help achieve this outcome,” he said.
Despite there being no recent break-ins at the Rules Club, its position in Glenfield Park makes it vulnerable to such incidents, being located between two of Wagga’s crime hotspots, Ashmont and Tolland.