Crime Scene Analysis: Practical, Procedures and Techniques, Case Study Example

Crime Scene

Crime analysis is one of the most important elements in investigating crime. Such analysis entails a detail description of the scene with good support of reliable visual aids.  The main goal that propels the process is to identify and discover pieces of evidences that are deemed paramount for criminal trial. This study therefore accentuates the crime analysis of  a crime scene in one of the rooms at home. The room as identified as one of the scenes that was broken into by burglars who stolen most valuable items (Jaeger, 2009).

During documentation of the crime scene, photographs were taken to provide evidence that could be used to back the claims of burglary. In this scene, the photograph below was deemed very useful for the investigation process.

Crime Scene

This photograph was one of the records that was retrieved from the CC TV cameras installed in the room. The burglar who is mostly likely to be a man as shown in the photo used a heavy metal to break the door of the room.

The sketching method used in this study was scale sketch or finished sketch which was aided by the use of a camera. The approach used in situation enabled precise conveyance of the facts, established the sequence of events and created a good record of the crime process. From the photograph shown below it is evident that the burglar stood 20 cm away from the door, the device used to break door is roughly 18cm long.

Room drawn to scale, I cm represent 5 m

Report for the survey

The room was broken into by a male burglar who is suspected to have stolen valuable items such as laptops, portable machines and jewelry. At the time of the crime there was no occupant in the room. The burglar must have been somebody who lives around the same neighborhood. For a complete investigation of the suspect, the dressing cord and the color of the clothes will be helpful during the analysis. However, finger print evidence are not likely to be obtained as the suspect used gloves to conduct the crime (Fulford, 2010).


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Platt, Richard. (2010). Forensics. Ed. Jennifer Schofield. Boston: Kingfisher Publications.