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The Effects of Deprivation on the Time Spent Examining Crime Scenes and the Recovery of DNA and Fingerprints

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DNA and fingerprint identifications are now accepted as an integral part of the investigation of a wide range of criminal offences from burglary and auto crime to serious and major crime. Despite this, there is still much variation between U.K. police forces in the recovery of fingerprint and DNA material from crime scenes. Analysis of burglary and auto crime data for Northamptonshire, U.K., during a 3-year period has enabled an examination of the relationship between the deprivation of the neighborhood in which the crime was committed and the level of service provided by Crime Scene Examiners. The results indicate that the time spent examining a crime scene for forensic evidence is not affected by the deprivation of the neighborhood. Further, there is no statistical significance between deprivation and the recovery of fingerprints from the crime scene. The relationship between deprivation and DNA recovery is, however, statistically significant with DNA being recovered more frequently from less deprived neighborhoods.
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Keywords: DNA; crime scenes; deprivation; fingerprints; forensic science

Document Type: Research Article

Affiliations: 1: A-E Solutions (BI), 11 Shireland Lane, Redditch, Worcestershire B97 6UB, England, U.K. 2: Scientific Support Unit, Northamptonshire Police, Wootton Hall, Northampton NN4 0JQ, England, U.K.

Publication date: January 1, 2008

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