Crime Scene: A Quick Review

Types of Crime Scenes:

  • Outdoor
  • Indoor
  • Conveyance: Involves transportation
  • Primary Crime Scene: Where the crime took place
  • Secondary Crime Scene: Anywhere, where body or evidence could be found.

Crime Scene Investigations

  • Recognition: Crime Scene Survey, Documentation,
  • Collection, Preservation of Evidence
  • Identification (Comparison & Testing)
  • Individualization
  • Reconstruction

Processing The Crime Scene

  • Secure and Isolate: Preserve and Protect the Scene
  • Make scene safe, provide medical attention, establish perimeter (overestimate; may need to be multi-level), focus on 3 dimensions, establish ingress/egress point, assign an officer to log all personnel in and out
  • Walk-Through
  • Record the Scene
  • Photography: Overview (whole scene) & Itemized (specific item); Photo Log
  • Sketches: Rough (with measurements) & Final (scaled – shows where everything is in relation to everything else
  • Notes
  • Search for Evidence: Establish search patterns
  • Collection and Packaging of evidence
  • Chain of Custody
  • Crime Scene Safety: Always wear gloves

Crime Scene-Related MCQs

1. The First Responding Officer of the Scene of Crime (SoC) is to undertake the following works in the sequence at the scene of the crime.

I. Documentation of provided information and scene of the crime

II. Not to become a causality

III. Provide the emergency care

IV. Secure and control the scene

V. Assess the resources required at the scene and their arrangement.


  1. I, II, III, IV, V
  2. III, II, I, IV, V
  3. IV, I, II, III, V
  4. I, III, II, V, IV

2. The Investigating Officer is to process the following work of crime investigation at the scene of the crime in the order as detailed:

I. Collection of Clue materials

II. Protection of Scene of Crime

III. Packaging and Labeling

IV. Sketching and Photography of the scene of the crime

V. Maintenance of Daily Dairy


  1. I, III, IV, II, V
  2. II, IV, I, III, V
  3. V, I, IV, II, III
  4. II, V, IV, I, III

3. Corroborative Evidence is:

  1. Evidence that refutes other evidence
  2. Evidence that links an individual with a particular location
  3. Evidence that confirms to other evidence
  4. Evidence that determines the sequence of events

4. The limitation of the scene of crime reconstruction is that the evidence:

  1. Usually provide less information than needed
  2. May have been staged
  3. Can overwhelm the laboratory
  4. Supports only one sequence of events


  1. I, II, III, IV, V
  2. II, IV, I, III, V
  3. Evidence that confirms other evidence
  4. Supports only one sequence of events
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