CRIME

Burglary detection down despite DNA

The police campaign to solve burglaries with the help of DNA is a failure, reports Swedish radio news programme, Kaliber.

Instead of improving clear-up rates, the use of DNA has decreased detection rates for burglaries.

Last year, police received 20,000 reports of break-ins, mainly involving family owned homes. However, according to Kaliber, only 794 cases made it to court.

In 2005, a DNA register of criminals was introduced with the hope that police would clear-up 20 percent of all burglaries.

The clear-up rate though has sunk from five percent in 2005 to four percent in 2010. The state's forensic laboratory, SKL, reports that only 1,000 DNA samples were sent to it from 20,000 reported burglaries last year.

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