D.N.A. Databases and Property Crime: A False Promise?

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Title D.N.A. Databases and Property Crime: A False Promise?
Author Briody, Michael Gerard; Prenzler, Timothy James
Journal Name Australian Journal of Forensic Sciences
Editor James Robertson
Year Published 2005
Place of publication Sydney
Publisher Australian Academy of Forensic Sciences
Abstract This article examines the potential for the Australian national criminal deoxyribonucleic acid (DNA) database in its application to high volume property crimes, such as burglaries and motor vehicle thefts, and is based primarily on UK data. The potential capacity for police to achieve convictions from reported property offences, and to lower crime levels, was assessed by analysing UK Forensic Science Service and Police inspection reports. The UK national criminal DNA database was selected for examination, as it is the world's longest established and claims the highest "match" rate. It was found that after the database had been in operation for more than seven years it was responsible on average for achieving convictions in close to one percent of reported burglaries, a figure that included the additional convictions developed from the intelligence that the database provided. Having funded a DNA regime from public monies, it may be time for policymakers in Australia to critically reassess expectations for the impact that DNA databases may have on volume crime levels and to focus efforts on those crimes most likely to be solved by the application of DNA testing.
Peer Reviewed Yes
Published Yes
Publisher URI http://www.informaworld.com/smpp/title~content=t779637219~link=cover
Alternative URI http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/00450610509410617
Volume 37
Issue Number 2
Edition 2005
Page from 73
Page to 86
ISSN 0045-0618
Date Accessioned 2007-03-02
Date Available 2009-09-22T05:49:09Z
Language en_AU
Research Centre ARC Centre of Excellence in Policing and Security
Faculty Faculty of Arts
Subject PRE2009-Detection and Prevention of Crime; Security Services
URI http://hdl.handle.net/10072/21792
Publication Type Journal Articles (Refereed Article)
Publication Type Code c1a

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