CRIMINALS who target East Cessnock Bowling Club as a break-in or armed robbery site can now expect to cop a spray that will forensically link them to their crime.
The Hunter has been plagued by more than 90 armed robberies this year, but the Neath Street club is the first business to take a drastic step to guard against further offences.
In the event of a crime, an ultraviolet spray will shower offenders with an odourless and colourless solution that remains on the skin and clothes for about eight weeks.
The solution is visible under a black light and has a unique code that will link the offender to the scene of the crime.
‘‘The result is that the crook doesn’t have a leg to stand on once police catch up with him,’’ said Sublime Technologies NSW manager Adam O’Sullivan.
‘‘It stops businesses and staff from falling victim and gives them the chance to take a stand and fight back.’’
Mr O’Sullivan said many businesses chose the security system not just to protect their assets, but to protect their staff.
‘‘It’s about staff having peace of mind, and employees providing a duty of care,’’ he said.
‘‘You want to go to work knowing you’ll be coming home to your family at the end of the day.’’
East Cessnock Bowling Club chief executive Marlene Martog said staff members were terrorised on November 10 last year when two men, armed with a sawn-off rifle and a sword, held up the club before closing time and escaped with tens of thousands of dollars.
‘‘I think we were one of the first armed robberies at that period before it really took off and there were a whole host in a row,’’ she said.
Central Hunter duty officer Inspector Glenn Blain said it was pleasing to see businesses embracing new security concepts.