An introduction to crime scene analysis

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Turvey, B. E. (2011). An introduction to crime scene analysis. In B. E. Turvey (Ed.), Criminal profiling: An introduction to behavioural evidence analysis (141-159). Oxford, United Kingdom: Academic Press, Elsevier.

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Crime scene analysis (crime analysis) is the analytical process of interpreting the specific features of a crime and related crime scenes. It involves an integrated assessment of the forensic evidence, forensic victimology and crime scene characteristics.1 The results of crime scene analysis (CSA) may be used to determine the limits of the available evidence and the need for additional investigative and forensic efforts, as in a threshold assessment (discussed shortly). When sufficient behavioral evidence is available, these same results may also be used to infer offender modus operandi (MO) and signature behaviors, evidence of crime scene staging, crime scene motive, and offender characteristics, or to assist with linkage analysis efforts.

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