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Saturday, October 21, 2006

DNA Databank is Also Helping Solve Property Crimes

From The national database of criminals' DNA, designed by the FBI to help solve rapes and murders, increasingly is being used to identify suspects in unsolved burglaries and other property crimes, a USA TODAY review of state crime lab records shows.

In 10 states — Alabama, Florida, Indiana, Michigan, Missouri, New Mexico, Ohio, Oregon, Virginia and Wisconsin — the total number of DNA matches in property-crime cases has exceeded the number of matches in violent crimes, the review indicates.

Other states also are reporting increases in property-crime matches: Of Georgia's first 171 matches, only 13 involved DNA from the scenes of unsolved burglaries. Of the 300 matches that followed, 79 were in burglary cases. Rest of Article. . . [Mark Godsey]

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Seems to me the mission statement needs to be revised to quiet the critics...bottom line...lets get the criminals off the streets.

Posted by: mab | Oct 22, 2006 6:01:41 AM

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