THE Pacific Palms Recreation Club is taking a stand against crime after investing in a state-of-the-art, DNA-based security system.
South Australian-based DNA Security Solutions (DSS) installed the new system at the club yesterday (Tuesday).
The company’s product, DNA Guardian, provides a forensic link to a crime scene.
If a robbery or armed hold up is committed the system releases a fine mist containing a unique DNA code which ends up on the skin and clothing of the perpetrator.
The solution is harmless to humans but can remain on the skin for up to six weeks and any other surface indefinitely.
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 Company business development manager Jeffre Murray said the reason the technology is so effective is because it directly pins offenders to the crime.
“We have been able to reduce crime by 98 per cent in the last six years because we have the forensic link to get a conviction,” he said.
“Criminals are re-offending because general security like CCTV is not a strong enough deterrent.”
Club manager Ken Stewart said the club was prompted to invest in better security after an armed hold up a month ago which resulted in one employee being taken to hospital for a laceration to his arm and other employees tied up.
“Certainly that’s the case why we looked into it,” he said of the armed hold up. I hope what happened to us doesn’t happen to anyone else.
“We’ve put these measures in place to protect our staff. We definitely want to make the premises as safe as possible and want to try and stop what happened from ever occurring again.”
Forster Bowling Club was the first premises to install the security system back in February 2012 with Black Head Bowling Club and the Pacific Palms Bowling Club following soon after.