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NCJ Number: 220553 Find in a Library
Title: Maximising the Opportunities to Detect Domestic Burglary with DNA and Fingerprints
Journal: International Journal of Police Science & Management  Volume:9  Issue:3  Dated:Autumn 2007  Pages:287-298
Author(s): John W. Bond
Date Published: 2007
Page Count: 12
Type: Report (Study/Research)
Format: Article
Language: English
Country: United Kingdom
Annotation: This study examined the impact on the detection and reduction of domestic burglary by a prioritization of forensic resources and processing over a 6-month study period.
Abstract: By focusing all parts of the forensic process on domestic burglary, it was shown that it is possible to increase the number of primary detections derived from DNA and fingerprints with the DNA increase being statistically significant. The increase was accompanied by a decrease in reported domestic burglaries. A key element of the study’s success was the inclusion of all parts of the forensic process and the setting and monitoring of targets for each stage in the process. The study demonstrates an approach to applying a ‘quick hit’ to burglary or other volume crime types where DNA and fingerprints can make a significant contribution to crime detection. The results illustrate how a police force may run a focused forensic initiative to provide a short-term prioritization on a problem crime type such as burglary or auto crime where DNA and fingerprints can make a significant contribution to crime detection. The importance of forensic intelligence (fingerprint identification and DNA hits) as a standard forensic technique for the investigation and detection of a wide spectrum of crime types is well established today. However, there is wide variation in the prioritization of forensic resources and processing in domestic burglary. The stated aim of this study was to establish whether a significant increase in the overall detection and reduction of domestic burglary could be achieved. It tested whether the twin factors of increased attendance at crime scenes and increased timeliness of processing produce the improvement in crime detection and reduction in domestic burglary. Figures, references
Main Term(s): Burglary
Index Term(s): Crime Control Programs; Crime laboratories; Crime prevention measures; Crime specific countermeasures; DNA fingerprinting; Evidence identification; Fingerprints; Forensic sciences; Police crime-prevention
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