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Crime prevention goes high-tech at Albany jewelry store

WNYT Staff
Updated: January 16, 2020 07:22 PM
Created: January 16, 2020 01:17 PM

ALBANY - Whenever a robbery occurs, surveillance video or eyewitnesses typically help police find a suspect. However, at the Truman Jewelry store on North Pearl Street in downtown Albany, it's what you can't see that could help police solve the crime.

Paul Crabbe, who has run Truman Jewelers for 30 years, insists he doesn't have a crime problem. but he'd like to keep it that way. That's why he became the first business owner in New York state to be sold on the Crime Suppression Initiative - CSI - that utilizes synthetic forensic technology to thwart crime.

"This is going to really ease the angst," Crabbe, who was the victim of an attempted robbery many years ago, stated, "It should help a lot."

How it works is like this: If a robbery occurs, the bad guy on the way out of the store is sprayed with a special non-toxic, water-based solution that will remain on a person's skin four to six weeks, and on their clothing two to three months. The chemical residue can be seen under ultra-violent black light.

"Every unit we create in our laboratory has a unique synthetic forensic marker code, a.k.a. sequence. That sequence will never ever be replicated again in the history of the world, so it's providing irrefutable evidence that a person or item was at a specific location at a specific date and time," said Joe Maltese, executive vice president of CSI Protect.

"This is just another tool in the tool box and from all law enforcement perspectives, we need as many tools as we can get," said Lee Bormann, Chief Deputy for the Albany County Sheriff's Department.

The product can also be sprayed onto merchandize or for residential application onto furniture or electronics, so that in the event of home burglaries, personal property can later be identified. The chemicals last for up to five years.

The manufacturer boasts a reduction in crime of between 40-percent and 86-percent.

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