Thursday, May 27, 2004

Bad news for all you criminals out there!

As the Times reported yesterday, the NYPD is going to be collecting and processing DNA traces from all manner of crimes, including those against property.

"The lab will use DNA samples previously considered too minuscule to collect, like skin cells left in a smudged fingerprint or a ski mask, and match them against databases of convicted felons, suspects and DNA profiles from crime scenes and rape kits."

This is the first time a city in the US has taken such aggressive steps to utilize DNA evidence.

It's an interesting move forward for high tech crime fighting, even though it seems to be of dubious value in most circumstances.