'I can’t wait to get the word out' - Store owner on new security system in Anchorage
Any would-be criminals will want to take notice -- there's a new security system in town, and it will stick to you like glue.
DNA Security Solutions is an Australian company just recently making its way to the United States. Its developers say its unique technology will help decrease theft and robbery in Anchorage.
Paul Griffiths’ family has owned and operated the Chevron on Boniface for 50 years. Theirs is the first store in Alaska to install the system, which uses a DNA spray that can link the suspect to the crime.
“I think it’s great,” Griffiths said. “I can’t wait to get the word out, so everybody knows we’ve got it.”
In 2017, a gunman held them up for $100. In 2018, they lost $7,000 of merchandise to petty theft. Griffiths was more than happy to be the first Alaskan business to install the DNA Security System.
“We hope it will deter people from even thinking about coming in and causing any kind of problems," he said. "I'm hoping that a lot of people start doing it, because then people will just know -- there's a lot better chance of them getting caught."
Nick Bailey is the sales manager for DNA Security Systems. He gave Channel 2 the rundown of how the system works.
"Most of the time, you don't even know that it hit you," Bailey said, pointing up to the spray nozzle that administers non-toxic liquid. "They're all staged right above the door, and the way they spray out, they blanket the whole door -- so if you're running out, it's just going to shower you as you walk out the door."
The spray has a unique DNA marker registered only to Chevron. That marker stays on the suspect's body for months, allowing law enforcement to link their sticky fingers directly to the crime.
"Once they find the criminal, they spotlight them with a black light,” Bailey said. “Police need to be armed with black light flashlight, and as soon as they have that, that's suspicion for arrest and they can grab you right there."
According to DNA Security Solutions, they have a total of 1,000 systems installed in businesses in Australia, New Zealand and the U.S. Businesses with these systems have seen a 98 percent decrease in theft after installation, according to the company.
As a lifelong Alaskan, Bailey says one incentive is to keep his children safe in what he says is a dangerous city.
"Whatever we have to do to make our stores safe, so our kids can go get lollipops or ice cream without having to worry about what's going to happen inside there," he said.
Bailey says he's speaking with marijuana dispensaries and other Anchorage businesses. He says they're all expressing a desire to implement the DNA Security System.