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Solving Property Crimes with DNA: It works!

Friday, November 28th, 2008

High recidivism rates among burglars, along with significant improvements in forensic DNA technology, have generated a lot of interest in using DNA to solve property crimes. While DNA analysis is typically utilized in felony cases, such as homicide and sexual assault, a study funded by the National Institute of Justice (NIJ) has found that found testing biological evidence from burglaries does effectively solve property crimes. The study, conducted in Los Angeles, Santa Ana, Denver, Phoenix and Topeka, revealed that when forensic DNA analysis was added to traditional property crime investigations, twice as many suspects were identified and arrested, and twice as many cases were accepted for prosecution. With such successful results, one might expect that all biological evidence found at burglary crime scenes would be analyzed for DNA. However, there are many issues to consider when determining if such a change is practical or if society‚Äôs laws and procedures are prepared to adapt to such change. (more…)

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