From the Daily News:
Cops in Brooklyn and Queens last month began swabbing stolen cars for DNA, part of a $450,000 pilot program to combat auto theft.
The federally funded program - underway in New York and Dallas - could be launched citywide if successful.
Under the new program, officers are told not to enter stolen cars, according to an NYPD memo obtained by the Daily News.
Instead, they're supposed to request an evidence collection team who will swab the steering wheel, the rearview mirror and gear shift.
The samples will then be sent for testing, comparing the genetic samples against several databases.
Police officials hope to conduct DNA tests on about 500 cars.
Studies show the use of DNA in property crimes can double the number of arrests.