Invisible DNA glue reduces crime

KELSEY FLETCHER
Last updated 05:00 10/09/2012
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PREVENTING THEFT: There has been a reduction of crime in schools using DNA kits on removeable property.

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It's invisible to the naked eye, a criminal's worst nightmare, and it's being used in Auckland schools.

Specially designed glue, which contains thousands of individually barcoded microdots that show up under UV light, is being distributed to schools throughout Auckland.
The glue has been proven to reduce property crime.

SelectaDNA kits are in almost 80 of Auckland city's 145 schools and it's expected to be at all schools by November.

It has already being in North Shore, South Auckland and West Auckland schools.

The SelectaDNA kits have a 30ml glue solution containing individual DNA that glows under UV light.

It also contains 1000 microdots with individual barcodes that link back to a code registered by the school.

Sergeant Deane McEntee, of Auckland City Youth Education Services, said the glue was trialled for six months in 2009 in Randwick Park, South Auckland, then expanded to all schools in Counties Manukau in 2011.

During the trial, burglary rates decreased by 61 per cent and the three schools involved haven't been targeted since.

''We've been targeting schools that are targeted by burglaries and we find that there is a reduction,'' McEntree said.

 ''There is an awareness and it's preventative."

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