Burglaries Solved by DNA

Police in Kansas, Denver, California, and Arizona are using DNA left at burglary crime scenes to identify the suspects, reports KansasCity.com. Many times, burglars leave all kinds of evidence at the crime scene. They eat food, touch glass, smoke and leave cigarettes, and sometimes hurt themselves at the scene.

According the the Federal Bureau of Investigation, over 2 million burglaries occur every year, but only 12% of the criminal suspects are arrested. If DNA testing is used more frequently to identify suspects in property crimes, the cost to local police will drastically increase. The testing itself costs $1400.00. It takes about $4502.00 to identify the criminal suspect and $14169.00 for each arrest. To then prosecute the criminal defendant, it will cost another $6169.00.