Port Shepstone SAPS would like to sensitize the public regarding the preservation of crime scenes . A crime scene includes the area surrounding the immediate crime scene and can cover a large area. This is where investigators gather evidence to prove that a crime was committed, identify the criminals and link them to the crime scene. By preserving a crime scene, the evidence collected such as hair, sweat, saliva, dust and fingerprints, will be of a better quality, thereby ensuring a higher conviction rate. Therefore crimes scenes must be preserved and uncontaminated.
At scenes where windows were removed or damaged, it is advisable to wait for members from the SAPS Local Criminal Record Center to arrive and process the scene for fingerprints and/or DNA.
*Limit your movement on the crime scene.
*Leave the scene undisturbed if possible.
*Don’t move around on the scene to establish what damage or losses were incurred.
When reporting the crime, provide details of where you can be reached should police need more information before they arrive on the scene. Every person at or in the vicinity of a crime scene, is a potential witness. Tell the police everything you know, no matter how insignificant you may think it to be.