When a crime happens there may be forensic or fingerprint evidence we can gather. The person responsible for the crime may have touched surfaces, moved items, or left blood.
Preserving evidence and doing it quickly is important with forensics. Please tell us when you report your crime if you think there is forensic evidence. We'll let you know if the evidence is something we can use.
Steps you can take to preserve forensic evidence
don't touch or clean any fluids such as blood
don't touch or clean any areas or items handled by the person responsible for the crime
if forensic evidence is outside, cover the area without disturbing any evidence. If you have to move anything, please try to handle it as little as possible and if you can wear gloves.
if forensic evidence is on your clothing, please change out of these items and place them in a clean plastic bag.
if there is any forensic evidence on your skin because the criminal grabbed you, tell us this as soon as possible and try not to touch or wash the area.
If you need to clear up to make your home secure (eg broken window glass) please secure the window externally. Wear gloves and be careful not to touch the inside of the frame.
Digital forensic opportunities
Any CCTV system, doorbell camera, other video or audio recordings are valuable evidence. Don't switch off any devices or change any settings.
If possible, download footage to include 5 minutes before and after the incident and keep it safe. Don't delete it from the original device as it is still evidence and may be needed later.
If you are unable to download the footage, leave the device on, and record the time and date shown on the display. When you report the crime, explain you have digital evidence and we'll help you retrieve it.