IT WILL be interesting to see how successful the new DNA Guardian system proves in protecting APCO’s Bendigo staff and stores from criminals.
It’s sad that any business must go to such lengths to fend off the criminal element, but there’s little doubt service stations have become a modern-day easy target.
APCO Bendigo store owner Damian Carew revealed yesterday the new security system was in response to three armed robberies in four months, after just two in the previous 25 years.
Service stations trade 24 hours to compete these days and those lonely overnight shifts must make attendants nervous.
Some service stations have moved to protect staff by introducing night security windows so people don’t have to enter the store.
Others use traditional security methods such as CCTV footage.
Sure cameras catch criminals in the act but most are smart enough to protect their identity.
The DNA spray used by DNA Guardian leaves a footprint for weeks and while that won’t lead police to the criminal, it will certainly prove if they have their man or not.
It stands to reason that if this DNA Guardian system proves effective, criminals will quickly learn about its success.
Let’s hope the DNA system proves as good as it appears on the surface.
Anything with the potential to protect citizens and reduce the city’s crime rate should be welcomed with open arms.