Theft and Burglary
. Burglaries are the silent dread of
everyone who has a lock on his or her door. Burglary can take many forms and
the investigation of burglaries requires attention to detail. Analyze both
of the burglary cases below and address the corresponding
questions for one of them.
54-year-old woman was arrested outside of a business after a silent alarm went
off, alerting an officer in the area The officer found her prying at a side
door using a crowbar.
- What should the primary investigation consist of?
- Should the officers/investigators handle this
differently than a typical burglary case due to the sex and age of the
perpetrator? Why or why not?
- What actions would you take as an investigator? Why?
Burglaries are the silent dread of
everyone who has a lock on his or her door
. My mom said a police officer told her at the shooting range, it Is either you
or him, and if they are there to burglarize your house to shoot them inside your
house instead of outside. Reason being you are defending yourself and your
property. Our textbook confirms that but also states “This may or may not be
true, depending on state burglary penal codes” (Becker. & Dutelle, 2013, p.
A very important step to remember would be to secure
the crime scene. Goals in
any crime scene investigation are to document and collect evidence.
For the case of the 54-year old women arrested
outside of a business after a silent alarm went off, the officers attracted to
the scene should conduct a primary investigation. This would aim at getting the
insight of the intention of the women as she was found using a crowbar at the
side of a door. This case involves unauthorized break in into a dwelling.
The primary investigation
would be on how the woman got to the door or the premises, the tools she has
been using or holding or the intention of stealing that might be in the mind of
the woman. The officers would look to see the extent of the damage on the door
and whether the suspect has possession of any other tool or stolen items.
No, the officers in the scene
of crime should not handle this differently than a typical burglary. Though in
most of the burglary cases, most suspect are young men rather than women
(Becker & Dutelle, 2013). However it
could be the woman is in collaboration with a gang, and there the case might be
worse than the one involving a young man. Therefore it is good to handle the
case with more pressure to unearth all information concerning the crime, and
ensure that the investigators interrogate the women thoroughly without ignoring
any suspicion. This will ensure that the officer get the necessary lead and
evidence to handle the case.
As the investigator, I there
will be need to conduct follow up investigation to establish the information
behind the burglary. I would ensure that I get the relevant information on the
intended crime and the reasons for such case. I would also investigate the
state of mind of the women ensure that she is physiologically stable to ensure
the investigations are valid.
Tool marks an impressions left at the scene are
the gist of the investigation along what witnesses see and hear. (Becker & Dutelle, 2013, p. 337).
Becker, R. F. & Dutelle, A. W.
investigation (4th ed.) Sudbury, MA: Jones and Bartlett Publishers.
pleae look this over and tell me hat you think, make any changes thank