The burger chain has linked with up with UK security firm SelectaDNA and will now install the system which covers thieves with the invisible, non-toxic spray in all its 780 outlets across the country.
“A spokesperson for McDonald’s said the company will increase the use of ‘SelectaDNA‘ in stores all over the country after a successful trial in their six busiest Sydney restaurants was launched in January last year,” The Sydney Morning Herald reported. ”The move comes as police ramp up their patrols of local McDonald’s restaurants after a spate of robberies across Sydney during the Christmas and New Year period.”
Robberies against the fast food giant have risen so much that local police have increased their presence wherever McDonald’s are located in Metro-Sydney to deter further robberies.
However, McDonald’s is fighting back by the use of a new security system from the British company SelectaDNA. This system sprays thieves with a harmless DNA substance as they leave the premises. The substance will aid in the identification of the thieves.
Alice Baillie, marketing manager for SelectaDNA, told ABC News that the solution can remain on clothing, even if it is washed, for up to six months.
On other items, like bags, hats and weapons, the spray can stay ‘indefinitely.’
SelectaDNA director David Morrissey said that ‘SelectaDNA is non-toxic, non-allergenic and perfectly safe
McDonald’s recently concluded a yearlong “proof of concept” trial at several stores in the Sydney area and the results were positive enough to launch a greater roll out of the security system in Sydney.
Once the DNA substance is on the perpetrator, an alarm will trigger at any other McDonald’s he or she may enter.