Robbers: clubs sure will mist you
THE C.ex Group has installed DNA security technology inside its clubs as a major deterrent to armed robbers.
The systems were this week installed at the group's Woolgoolga, Coffs Harbour and Urunga clubs.
Mounted throughout the clubs, the system is designed to spray offenders with a fine mist containing a vegetable-based dye and a single strand synthetic DNA.
This fine mist offers police irrefutable proof a person was inside the premises when the crime happened.
"Motion sensors and a trigger mechanism are set off during a break-in or robbery and a fine mist is sprayed throughout the club, which later shows up on the offender under black light," DNA Security Solutions' Jeffre Murray said.
He said it functioned as an excellent deterrent.
"The crooks know what the systems are and which licensed premises have them.
"We have installed quite a few in clubs and pubs on the Mid North Coast and have not had a single activation in over a year.
"Until now it's been one thing for police to catch an offender and another to prove their crime, whereas this offers the proof to gain a prosecution."
The company points to the prosecutions of three members of an armed robbery gang in Adelaide as its leading example.
The armed robbers apparently wore ski masks and covered their bodies from head to toe.
However, six weeks after the fact when they were placed under a black light by police, the dye and DNA were said to still be evident around their nostrils.