A new security company based in the United Kingdom may have come up with a solution to help law enforcement reduce burglaries and home invasion robberies. But watch out: This device will turn the air blue.
What Is “Chain Reaction DNA”?
Rob Simpson of StranDNA (U.K.) Limited is inventor of a unique and innovative door security product called “Chain Reaction DNA.” Simpson explains that when someone tries to break into your home or business, this device delivers a double shock.
The liquid substance stains the would be intruder for up to three months. Although the dye is invisible to the naked eye, when the perpetrators are arrested or otherwise challenged by authorities, Chain Reaction DNA is easily visible using a UV torch. “We want the threat of being forensically linked to a crime scene to deter the offence being committed in the first instance,” Simpson notes.
In addition, when Chain Reaction DNA is installed in the home or business, a forensic code specific to each individual device is registered on an International Security Register. When an arrest is made, a forensic science lab analysis will detect the DNA component present, thereby placing criminals at specific crime scenes.
Aided by ERA Security Products, this early warning security system has been developed over the past two years. Because UK Police believe the system has such potential, Chain Reaction DNA has been tagged an official Police security initiative under the UK’s Secured by Design program.
Is This Device Necessary?
Simpson explains that, the United Kingdom has seen a 14% increase in residential burglary, which equates to a burglary being committed every 40 seconds last year. “One of the main factors attributed to this increase has been the economic downturn. Considering the global economic crisis, the rise in residential burglary has very likely increased in other countries as well.”
Simpson points to advanced security on automobiles as another factor contributing to increased residential burglaries. “Due to advanced security on automobiles, thieves can no longer force entry into a vehicle, pull a number of wires from under the dash, strip the wires, put them together, and drive away. Instead, many are forcing entry into homes and businesses with the sole intention to steal car keys. While they are at it, they’re grabbing anything else that appeals to them: wallets, jewelery, laptops, televisions, and any other electrical items with resale value,”
Security consultant Chris E. McGoey, agrees. “The act of committing a home invasion is escalating … Much like automobiles, the traditional commercial targets for robbers like convenience stores and fast-food restaurants have hardened themselves against criminal attack and have reduced available cash … [However] Once the offenders take control of a residence they can force the occupants to open safes, locate hidden valuables, supply keys to the family car, and PIN numbers to their ATM cards.”
New Technologies Help Police Fight Back
Police Forces, not only in the U.K. but around the world, rely on UV lighting technology to identify UV-based forensic markers attributed to passports, driving licenses, citizen identifications, currency, and credit cards. Covert property-marking technologies provided by Smartwater and SelectaDNA also allow the registered owner to see marked personal property returned in the case of theft.
“Chain Reaction DNA is the first forensic based alarm system designed for a residential security application which uses a mechanical activation method and has a cost effective price that equates to approximately $150,” Simpson explains. “We have implemented Chain Reaction DNA into commercial applications such as rear delivery doors and unoccupied commercial premises and in lone-worker scenarios, but our main focus is residential.”
“Chain Reaction DNA has been specifically designed to ease the fear of residential burglary and other crimes committed on doorsteps,” says Simpson. “The system assists law enforcement with the detection, identification, and apprehension of intruders using the latest in UV-based DNA trace technology and also can assist criminal prosecutors with irrefutable scientific evidence.”
“Chain Reaction DNA has been installed and the forensic component registered to numerous homes and businesses around the United Kingdom. I am pleased to say not one of the target-hardened addresses equipped with the system has suffered a re-offence or unlawful entry since its application. We believe the deterrent value is working.”
In the United Kingdom the cost of a single unit is £99:00 [roughly $150], with NO annual registration or monthly service fees.
Simpson reports that StranDNA is currently in discussions with security organizations based on the East coast who are keen to exploit these and other forensic-based intruder identification systems to the US home security market. Stay tuned.