Spit Kit | Forensic DNA Evidence Collection Kit for use in the UK

Spit kits are now being used across the country by a number of organisations working in the public domain. They allow staff members the ability to swab an offenders saliva to obtain their DNA following spitting incidents.

A spit kit is essentially a DNA swab - it can be used to collect a DNA sample from wet saliva following a spitting incident.

What is a Spit Kit

A spit kit is essentially a DNA swab - it can be used to collect a DNA sample from wet saliva following a spitting incident.

A number of front line service providers are increasingly at risk of assault. In a lot of instances, these assaults include the offender spitting at the victim. With our spit kits it is now possible to collect the saliva and then hand it to the police so that the offender can be easily and quickly identified. This greatly increases the likelihood of the offender being caught and brought to justice following any such assault or attack. Following police/court action, adult offenders can then be named and shamed in an attempt to reduce future spitting incidents.

Deliberate Spitting at victims is an assault. Assaults are crimes and if reported to the police, they will be investigated.

Transport workers are one of the groups that are most at threat of assault by passengers or customers but there are other organisations that may also be threatened. For example security staff, traffic wardens, NHS staff and shop workers could be subjected to these attacks. Spit kits can act as a deterrent against spitting incidents and they can also prove a highly beneficial tool in catching the offender. This also helps to reassure staff that this behaviour will not be tolerated.

Spitkits can be used to aid in the identification of offenders. They are designed to be simple to use and extremely portable, small enough to fit in a pocket or belt pouch.

The kit itself includes swabs and gloves as well as a sealed container. The kit user dons the gloves, swabs the saliva, and places the sample into the container which is then sealed. This is then handed to the police so that they can run a DNA comparison against their database. This means that offenders are increasingly more likely to be caught following this type of incident and where they would have once got away with it unless apprehended at the scene, it is now possible to track down spitters once they have the scene.

If the offender is on the police DNA database they will be identified. If the offender is not on the police DNA database, the sample will be checked periodically as newly arrest persons DNA samples are added.