"Synthetic DNA" is to be used to track stolen goods in a six-month pilot program to reduce home burglaries.
Traceable synthetic DNA and ultraviolet torches will be delivered by police and Neighbourhood Watch volunteers to 1000 homes in Geelong and Whittlesea in Victoria from next month.
Synthetic DNA in liquid form, applied to valuables, can be detected with UV lamps.
Once detected on stolen items, the material can be tested to reveal a unique code, and thereby the registered owner.
The program is a first in Australia. A pilot program of similar technology in Britain achieved a 91% reduction in residential burglaries, and another in New Zealand resulted in a 61% decrease.