Oceans 14 at Z: DNA screening

25/10/2013 - Z updates

Oceans 14 at Z: DNA screening

Three Z sites are trialling an invisible liquid ‘DNA’ that we hope will deter would-be robbers and make our sites safer for staff and customers.

So what is it? It’s called SelectaDNA and it’s a state-of-the-art security system which enables thieves to be invisibly “tagged‟ and therefore identifiable to the Police. The technology involves a high-tech spray unit which is installed at the doors and activated automatically in the event of a robbery or after hours’ burglary.

We have highly visible warning signage in place which will hopefully deter any would-be robbers, however, once there has been a security breach it is impossible to leave the scene without being sprayed with the fine DNA laced mist. The DNA solution – unique to each location – stays on the skin for up to ten days and glows blue under ultraviolet light. The DNA within the solution provides Police with an irrefutable link between offender and crime scene.

Mark Forsyth Z’s Retail General Manager said recently: “The system has already proved to be a very effective deterrent in overseas markets, and it is a measure that we can add to our existing efforts to keep our staff and customers safe.

“In reality Z only has about five robberies a year, but that is five too many when you consider the impact on staff and customers present when these incidents occur and the possible harm. If introducing this system is a deterrent to would-be robbers and burglars then as far as we’re concerned this is money well spent.”

He continued to say “The new system, if introduced across our network will complement the other security measures we already have in place including: fully digital, high definition CCTV; virtually no cash kept on site; remote alarm alerts that bring security staff almost immediately; and staff training to ensure they and their customers remain as safe as possible during an incident.”

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