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

1st Edition

Authors: Eric Stauffer Monica Bonfanti
Hardcover ISBN: 9780120884865
eBook ISBN: 9780080477886
Imprint: Academic Press
Published Date: 29th August 2006
Page Count: 632
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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.

Key Features

  • Extensively researched and exceptionally well-written by internationally-recognized experts in auto theft investigation and forensic science
  • All the principles explained in the text are well-illustrated and demonstrated with more than 450 black and white and about 100 full-color illustrations, many directly from real cases
  • Serves as both a valuable reference guide to the professional and an effective teaching tool for the forensic science student

Readership

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.

Table of Contents

1 - The Problem of Auto-Theft Mikel Longman

2 - Victim and Witness Interviews and Collection of Circumstantial Information Jean-François Chevalley Manuel Poza

3 - General Crime Scene Considerations and Documentation Moira Johnson Simone Reynolds

4 – Forensic Examination of Stolen-Recovered Vehicles Part I: Technical Examination and General Forensic Traces Marc Demierre Part II: Chemical Traces - Drugs, Explosives, and Gunshot Residue Francesco Saverio Romolo

5 - Traces and their Evidentiary Values Éric Stauffer

6 - Vehicle Identification William T. Smylie

7 - Restoration of Serial Numbers Dr. Horst Katterwe

8 - Anti-Theft Systems Robert F. Mangine

9 - Examination of Steering Columns and Ignition Locks Robert F. Mangine

10 - Examination of Vehicle Keys Emmanuel Fivaz Monica Bonfanti

11 - Analysis of Vehicle Fluids Éric Stauffer

12 - Examination of Burned Vehicles Éric Stauffer

13 - Examination of Vehicles Recovered Underwater Jean-François Voillot

14 - Examination of Vehicle License Plates Didier Brossier

15 - Examination of Vehicle Registration Documents Diana Ombelli

16 - Vehicle Searching Procedures Stéphane Kummer

17 - Examination of Vehicles Involved in Terrorism Greg Terp

18 - Investigation from the

Details

No. of pages:
632
Language:
English
Copyright:
© Academic Press 2006
Published:
Imprint:
Academic Press
eBook ISBN:
9780080477886
Hardcover ISBN:
9780120884865

About the Author

Eric Stauffer

Eric Stauffer is a criminalist presently living in Switzerland. In 1998 he obtained his Master-equivalent degree in forensic sciences from the Institut de Police Scientifique et de Criminologie at the University of Lausanne in Switzerland. In 1999 he moved to the United States and, two years later, obtained another Master’s degree in forensic sciences from Florida International University in Miami, Florida. Mr. Stauffer is certified as a Diplomate and a Fellow of the American Board of Criminalistics, with a specialty in the area of fire debris analysis. He is also a Certified Fire and Explosion Investigator (CFEI) and a Certified Fire Investigation Instructor (CFII) both from the National Association of Fire Investigators (NAFI). During his early career as a criminalist, Mr. Stauffer worked as a crime scene officer and a firearms and toolmarks examiner. In 2001, he moved to Atlanta and joined the private sector as a fire investigator and fire debris analyst. As such, his duties involved the investigation of numerous residential, commercial, and vehicle fire scenes to determine their origin and cause and, at the laboratory, the examination of fire debris samples for ignitable liquid residues. In 2006, he moved back to Switzerland to conduct research in forensic sciences, notably in fingermark enhancement techniques and fire investigation. He is currently pursuing doctoral studies at the School of Criminal Sciences at the University of Lausanne. From 2003 to 2006, Mr. Stauffer was Chair of the Fire Laboratory Standards and Protocols committee of the Scientific Working Group on Fire and Explosives (SWGFEX). He also served as a subject matter expert for the development of the fire debris validation kit produced by the National Forensic Science Technology Center (NFSTC). Mr. Stauffer is a recognized speaker and instructor in the field of forensic sciences and, more particularly, in fire investigation and fire debris analysis. He has presented his work at several

Affiliations and Expertise

School of Criminal Sciences, University of Lausanne, Lausanne, Switzerland

Monica Bonfanti

Affiliations and Expertise

Technical Head, Forensic Services, Geneva State Police, Switzerland

Reviews

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.