A BAKERY in the Capital has introduced chemical branding for potential pie thieves.
The Greggs chain has announced that after a spate of attempted break-ins, its Edinburgh outlets are now using the SmartWater spray system.
It marks any potential thieves with a harmless liquid that carries a chemical signature. The solution is only visible under ultraviolet (UV) light.
Bruce Duncan, retail loss prevention manager for Greggs, said: “We’ve experienced a number of attempted burglaries at shops in Edinburgh and our priority is to protect our local colleagues while preventing future incidences occurring.
“The conviction rate where SmartWater has been deployed is outstanding and sends a very clear message to thieves that our shops represent a significant risk of detection and subsequent arrest.”
Greggs shops also have access to rapid deployment SmartWater spray systems, which can be installed at short notice almost anywhere within a store.
A spokesman for the chain said the devices will be moved around based on intelligence provided by the police in areas where there is a heightened risk of burglary.