DNA spray installed in my neigborhood (Amsterdam West) | Jantine Wijnja

DNA spray installed in my neigborhood (Amsterdam West)

Posted on February 11, 2011 by Jantine

I wouldn’t normally post this here, but it’s too strange to let it go unnoticed.

January 10th i received this letter from my district officials saying they’ve installed DNA spray in the area I live in. The letter has been sitting on my desk because it is so insane and its implications have me more than a little worried. I’m posting the letter below  but it is in Dutch, here are some excerpts.

It starts:

“dear resident,
to reduce the number of hold ups, the shopping streeds in  West will be equipped with DNA-sprays from january 2011 onwards. The DNA-spray is an extra means beside the camera surveillance which district West in our effort to improve the safety in the shopping area.”

it proceeds to state the locations of the first DNA spays, saying more will be added over time.
The third paragraph states how this works:

“The procedure is simple: during a holdup a nebula of invisible liquid with a sysnthetic DNA code is spread in the space. the liquid attaches itself to the clothes and skin of the perpetrator and cannot simply be washed off. DNA-spray is practically invisible to the human eye, but lights up under UV-light. Suspects with traces of DNA-spray are easily traceble to the scene of the crime for the police.”

Now, maybe its just paranoid me, but I am worried about this stuff being introduced – and there not being a fuss. I wonder how long it will take for this stuff to be used during, say, demonstrations. Also I find it curious that apparently, in the mind of whoever made this decision, shopping safely should prevail over privacy. Anyone has seen these sprays around?

FYI, I live here over three years now, never felt unsafe.

DNA spray sign

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