What could be done to improve the clearance rates?
What role does physical evidence play in burglary investigations? Do you agree that burglary suspects should be convicted on circumstantial evidence? What criteria (if any) should be used to make burglary arrests? How can stolen property be recovered from burglary cases if it is sold on the Internet?
Burglary clearance rates are so low because in the comparative rates it states that burglary trends for the year of 2004 the number of offenses was 2,144,446 and the rate per 100,000 inhabitants was 730.3. Then when 2005 rolled round it increased the number of offenses to 2,154,126 and the rate per 100,000 inhabitants increased to 726.7. Then the percentage changed the number of offenses to +0.5 and the rate per 100,000 inhabitant increase to +3.6. What can be done to improve the clearance rate is then should add more police control in ever neighborhood. The role that physical evidence play in a burglary investigation is they use are first they determine the point of entry, check to see if a window or door was forced open, what type tool was used, are there tool marks, are there evidence of lock picks, look for fingerprints, tire tracks, and so on, look for other trace evidence: cigarette butts, fiber, hair, pieces of broken tools and so on, sketch the scene, interview victims and witnesses, make a list of property taken (include serial numbers). And last but not least make a list of all persons on the crime scene. Yes, I do think that burglary suspects should be convicted on circumstantial evidence. The decision that should be made are they should get a great team together and come up with more options to choose from within the situations. Stole property that is sold on the internet can be recovered from burglary by using the tracking number of the item that was sold.