Forensic Investigation of Stolen-Recovered and Other Crime-Related Vehicles


  • Eric Stauffer, School of Criminal Sciences, University of Lausanne, Lausanne, Switzerland
  • Monica Bonfanti, Technical Head, Forensic Services, Geneva State Police, Switzerland

Forensic Investigation of Stolen-Recovered and Other Crime-Related Vehicles is the ultimate reference guide for any auto theft investigator, crime scene technician, criminalist, police investigator, criminologist, or insurance adjuster. In addition to a thorough treatment of auto theft, the book covers vehicles involved in other forms of crime—dealing extensively with the various procedures and dynamics of evidence as it might be left in any crime scene. An impressive collection of expert contributors covers a wide variety of subjects, including chapters on vehicle identification, examination of burned vehicles, vehicles recovered from under water, vehicles involved in terrorism, vehicle tracking, alarms, anti-theft systems, steering columns, and ignition locks. The book also covers such topics as victim and witness interviews, public and private auto theft investigations, detection of trace evidence and chemical traces, vehicle search techniques, analysis of automotive fluids, vehicle registration document examination, and vehicle crime mapping.
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Crime scene investigators, arson experts, insurance agents and agencies, forensic consultants, accident investigators and reconstructionists, law enforcement officials, Private Security Consultants, forensic engineers, and lawyers.


Book information

  • Published: August 2006
  • ISBN: 978-0-12-088486-5

Table of Contents

1 - The Problem of Auto-TheftMikel Longman 2 - Victim and Witness Interviews and Collection of Circumstantial InformationJean-François ChevalleyManuel Poza3 - General Crime Scene Considerations and DocumentationMoira Johnson Simone Reynolds4 – Forensic Examination of Stolen-Recovered VehiclesPart I: Technical Examination and General Forensic TracesMarc DemierrePart II: Chemical Traces - Drugs, Explosives, and Gunshot ResidueFrancesco Saverio Romolo5 - Traces and their Evidentiary ValuesÉric Stauffer6 - Vehicle IdentificationWilliam T. Smylie7 - Restoration of Serial NumbersDr. Horst Katterwe8 - Anti-Theft SystemsRobert F. Mangine9 - Examination of Steering Columns and Ignition LocksRobert F. Mangine10 - Examination of Vehicle KeysEmmanuel FivazMonica Bonfanti11 - Analysis of Vehicle FluidsÉric Stauffer 12 - Examination of Burned VehiclesÉric Stauffer13 - Examination of Vehicles Recovered UnderwaterJean-François Voillot14 - Examination of Vehicle License PlatesDidier Brossier15 - Examination of Vehicle Registration DocumentsDiana Ombelli16 - Vehicle Searching Procedures Stéphane Kummer17 - Examination of Vehicles Involved in TerrorismGreg Terp18 - Investigation from the Public SideGreg Terp 19 - Investigation from the Private SidePart I: The European PerspectiveMarc StaufferPart II: The US PerspectiveGlenn Wheeler20 - Vehicle TrackingGreg Terp21 - Vehicle Crime MappingJerry Ratcliffe22 - International Collaboration Through InterpolAlain G. Barbier