Handbag accessory sprays dye, helps nab snatch thieves

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PETALNG JAYA: Snatch thieves have finally met their match! The next time they embark on their dastardly missions, they will find themselves sprayed with coloured dye, making it easier for police to spot them in a crowd or on the road.

Local sportswear company Ash Be Nimble has created the world’s first handbag accessory that acts as a device to help nab snatch thieves trying to make their getaway.

Called the Handbag Dyetonator, the device is designed to look like an inconspicuous but trendy handbag accessory, only that this particular no-nonsense device stores coloured dye and a smoke flare pack that can be remotely detonated via SMS from any phone.

Once detonated, it releases a smoke flare as well as a spray of coloured dye that permanently marks the snatch thief, making the culprit easy to spot by police or members of the public.

Even if the snatch thief flings the bag away, evidence of his deed will be etched on his skin, clothes and helmet.

The device also contains a GPS tracker that will allow the handbag’s owner to detect the exact location where it was dumped.

In a video advertising the innovation, Ash Be Nimble founder Hui Mathews, said, “We’ve always believed in empowering women and going the extra mile. We hope that the Handbag Dyetonator will act as a deterrent to snatch thieves.”

The Handbag Dyetonator was created in collaboration with the National Crime Prevention Network Association.

The video opens with clips of women who have fallen victim to vicious snatch thefts, some of whom have paid with their lives, as reported by the media.

The video also informs women, the most common victims of snatch theft, that in January 2016, 365 cases were reported in the Dang Wangi district of Kuala Lumpur alone and that snatch thefts increased 36% nationwide by year end.

According to the video, Ash Be Nimble has embarked on a petition with the National Council of Women’s Organisations Malaysia (NCWO) to call for stricter laws on snatch thefts in the country.

For now, the Handbag Dyetonator has become yet another way “to put safety back in the hands of women,” Mathews said.