Police bike operation uses DNA tagging spray

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Published on 24 September 2019 by Mike Waters

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Filed under Category: The world of motorcycling

Police officers in Surrey using SelectaDNA tagging spray have been deployed as part of an operation that recovered a stolen motorcycle.

Surrey Police assigned extra officers on patrol throughout Epsom and Ewell on September 12, recovered one stolen motorcycle and tagged suspects with the DNA tagging spray after they failed to stop.

As the BMF has previously reported, the water-based Selecta DNA tagging spray was introduced last year and Police Scotland have claimed it quickly led to a 60% reduction in motorcycle crime in Edinburgh. A statement by Surrey Police explained that it “marks the bikes, clothing and skin… with a uniquely-coded but invisible DNA that will provide forensic evidence to link them to a specific crime.”

Casualty Reduction Officer PC Ed Ferris said: “I would like to thank those patient motorists on two wheels who co-operated with the police checks on the day, and urge the public to continue reporting motorcycle-related incidents to us so that we can continue to effectively monitor and target this issue.”

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