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Techniques for Crime Scene Video Taping

Techniques for Crime Scene Video Taping

From the
Crime Scene and Evidence Photographer's Guide
Second Edition
Copyright ©2005

Video taping is valuable for showing an overview of the crime scene and should be used in major cases. Video taping provides an easily understandable viewing medium that shows the layout of crime scene and the location of evidence.

Techniques for Crime Scene Video Taping

When video taping crime, scenes follow these steps:

  1. Start the video tape with a brief introduction presented by an investigator. The introduction should include the date, time, location, type of crime scene, and any other important introductory information. The introduction should also include a brief description of the rooms and evidence will be viewed in the video tape. The investigator may want to use a basic diagram as an illustration during the introduction.

  2. Video tape the crime scene, after the introduction, without any audio recording.

  3. Begin video taping the crime scene with a general overview of the scene and surrounding area.

  4. Continue throughout the scene using wide angle and close up views to show the layout of the scene, location of evidence, and the relevance of evidence within the crime scene.

  5. While video taping, use slow camera movements such as panning, and zooming.

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