The Redweb Sentry 500 system was installed in a Co-op store in Salford in reaction to the increasing daytime robbery occurrences where drinks and cigarette gantry were being targeted.
The system was deployed at points of entry and exit. The Sentry 500 can be connected to an existing alarm system or as a standalone unit (as in this case) and is designed to spray a suspected criminal with a controlled amount of Molecular Taggent that will irrefutably link them to a scene of crime.
The following is a press release by the Greater Manchester Police department following an armed robbery at one of the Co-op stores in Irlams O’th Heights in September 2009:
Police have arrested three men after an armed robbery at a Co-op supermarket in Salford:
At about 6.20pm on Friday 19 September 2009, a dark-colored BMW pulled up outside the Co-op on Bolton Road, Irlams O'th Heights and four masked men got out. The men, who were armed with machetes and hammers, then threatened staff and demanded cash.
A customer then confronted one of the robbers and attempted to disarm him. They all then fled empty-handed. However, on the way out of the shop they were sprayed by an in-store RedWeb system which covered their clothing in a highly visible Red Dye.
Detective Sergeant Roger Smethurst of Swinton volume crime team said:
"These robbers appeared to get more than they bargained for when they attempted to leave the store. They were sprayed by the RedWeb sprinklers which covers them in a fine spray of dye which is almost impossible to remove."
The Redweb Sentry 500 system used within this branch was activated by a staff member pressing a panic button installed by RedWeb. Once armed the system fired a targeted amount of fine spray onto the criminals as they attempted to leave the store. In this case 3 of the 4 criminals where tagged. As each spray contains a totally unique Taggent code, Police can link a suspect back to a scene of crime once analysis of trace elements have been completed.
The speed of which these criminals have been caught can in some part be put down to the red dye on the suspects, which improves witness statements, and by evidence still being visible on the suspects when arrested just 3 days later. Analysis of the Taggent and dye on the criminals has already come back positive and there is a court case scheduled for November.
The RedWeb spray is the only forensic alarm system that has had 'not guilty to guilty' in the UK, backed by the Crown Prosecution Service and used by Police forces all over the country.
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