http://www.independent.co.uk/news/uk/cr ... 18237.htmlQuestions raised over value of DNA crime matches
By Jack Doyle, Press Association
Monday, 8 March 2010
DNA matches from the national database help solve as few as one crime in every 1,300, it was claimed today.
Figures published in a Home Affairs Select Committee report suggest just 3,666 crimes are detected every year with links to an existing DNA profile.
That is one in every 1,300 of the 4.9 million crimes carried out, and just one in 350 of the 1.3 million crimes solved by police.
Senior police officers told the committee that around 33,000 crimes are solved using DNA matches.
But many of those would be solved even without the need for a national database, the report said.
It quotes the 3,666 figure, which was calculated by Genewatch, a pressure group, but warns it is difficult to be sure the figure is accurate.