Botanical ink used to convict cash thieves in UK

Two men accused of stealing of thousands of pounds from a shop in London have been convicted using state-of-the-art technology from cash logistics firm Loomis.

According to a statement issued by Loomis, the men were indelibly marked by DNA ink from the company’s SigNature DNA cash box, which contains a botanical purple dye that is released when the cash box is disturbed.

“The successful identification of this suspected criminal through the detection of the SigNature DNA dye is a landmark milestone for the prevention of cash theft,” said Tony Benson, UK Group Risk Director for Loomis. “The Loomis Cash Boxes, which contain SigNature DNA provide our customers with a proven cash security method and deterrent. Last year in the UK alone, theft cost the retail industry £2868 million. The use of the SigNature DNA Cash Box in this Yorkshire retailer is proof that the industry could potentially save millions each year in otherwise stolen cash.”

Loomis, which operates in 12 countries across the world, is the first company in the UK to use Signature DNA in its cash boxes.