LEAVE CRIME SCENES ALONE AS MUCH AS POS­SI­BLE UN­TIL OF­FI­CERS AR­RIVE

Cockburn Gazette - - STREET WATCH -

AF­TER bur­glary, steal­ing of ve­hi­cles and steal­ing, po­lice foren­sic in­ves­ti­ga­tors will con­duct an ex­am­i­na­tion and lo­cate ev­i­dence that may lead to an ar­rest and po­ten­tial re­cov­ery of stolen prop­erty. Crit­i­cal to the suc­cess of an ex­am­i­na­tion is lim­it­ing the con­tam­i­na­tion of the crime scene be­tween when the of­fender left and the ar­rival of in­ves­ti­ga­tors. Vic­tims will nat­u­rally search through their prop­erty to lo­cate valu­ables and sen­ti­men­tal items to as­cer­tain the ex­tent of the crime. This usu­ally in­volves han­dling the items touched or left be­hind by the of­fender. The sen­si­tiv­ity of fin­ger­print­ing and DNA iden­ti­fi­ca­tion tech­nol­ogy has in­creased in re­cent years, so it is highly rec­om­mended to ex­plain the scene to po­lice as best and as soon as pos­si­ble. They will tell you the best course of ac­tion to pre­serve items for foren­sic ex­am­i­na­tion and how those items are best han­dled. They can also say which items that can be placed back in their usual po­si­tion so the vic­tim can start their road to re­cov­ery. – Sergeant Craig Markham

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