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Burglary: Crime Scene Procedures

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This is a list of general crime scene procedures:

  • Make sure the crime scene is safe and the offender has either been arrested or fled the scene
  • Render aid if needed
  • Survey the area to determine the extent of the crime
  • Secure the scene from unnecessary intrusion
  • Contact supervisor
  • Touch nothing unless absolutely necessary
  • Document all observations and actions, especially if the scene has been disrupted from its original state

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