If you do unfortunately become a victim of burglary, it is important that you preserve the crime scene until the police arrive or inform you otherwise. Following the tips below may assist the police in being able to collect forensic evidence from the scene.
Things to consider
- Telephone the police immediately on 101 or in an emergency on 999
- Do not touch anything, especially near the point of entry or items that you believe may have been touched by the offender
- If you suspect the offender is still inside the property do not enter, and make the police aware of this when you call. Do not confront the offender as this could put you in danger
- If you find tools or items that you think might have been used to help an offender gain entry to your property as they are out of place, leave them where you have found them and point them out to the police
- Preserving the evidence is vital. If an item is outside, cover it with a box or something similar to protect it from the elements until the police arrive. Do not touch the item. The same applies if you find blood outside, try to cover it without touching it
- Not all items have forensic value. Our officers are trained to know what items can be used to obtain forensic evidence, do not be upset if a particular item that you think might contain forensic evidence is dismissed by the police. The most common types of forensic evidence found at crime scenes are fingerprints, blood and DNA