Taking fingerprints at crime scene is crucial

2017-04-12 06:01
Report crime and ensure fingerprints are taken. Photo: sourced

Report crime and ensure fingerprints are taken. Photo: sourced

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THE community is reminded to lay charges against criminals and to ensure that fingerprints are taken for any crime where it is relevant for fingerprints to be taken. George Snodey representing the CCPO said the organisation had dealt with many cases where crimes were linked to various other cases through fingerprints.

“We would never have known what crimes they were involved in if it were not for fingerprints linking them to other crimes.
“We discovered that criminals often operate in a wider area than the one they are known for, anywhere from Athlone Park to Illovo Beach and we won’t know it until fingerprints are involved.

“A few years ago I was involved a housebreaking in Kingsway, where I saw a housebreaking suspect in the house. I ended up shooting him. Once he was immobilised, he was sent to hospital and eventually charged.
“Because the suspect had been shot, we ensured prints were taken to link him to the act. In court, the suspect disputed that he was involved in the housebreaking.

He claimed he heard an alarm and went to see what was happening. Fortunately, his fingerprints were all over the television and other appliances inside the house and he was convicted,” Snodey said.

He said that once the fingerprints are in the system, they can be used to link criminals to multiple crimes, to ensure effective sentencing.


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