Will this new tech reduce bike crime?
Last month, Merseyside police were forced to use a new ‘defence spray’ to track down two bike criminals.
Although the riders ran through countless red traffic lights and the wrong way across junctions, they failed to dodge a police officer who sprayed them with the solution.
Once they had ditched the bikes, the pair made their escape on foot. Despite being soaked after traversing a water tunnel beneath the M57, the spray was still on them, allowing police to confirm their involvement in the incident.
Catching them involved a two-hour high speed chase involving a helicopter across Liverpool, both of whom were on a Kawasaki KX250.
The spray works by coating the offender with a solution which is invisible to the naked eye. It contains a unique synthetic “DNA code” and ultraviolet marker that sticks to skin, clothing and bikes for months.
The spray was originally introduced to crack down on illegal and anti-social scrambler bikes in Merseyside last year, but has wider implications on the fight against bike crime.