has heard the saying, "a picture is worth a thousand words."
Nowhere is this more evident than in a court of law, where words
may be missed but pictures linger.
Having to describe
to a judge and jury exactly what happened and where it happened
within a crime scene is of extreme importance. Creating a crime
scene sketch is one of the first steps to take in reaching that
A sketch is as an
invaluable aid used to visualize a crime scene and spatial relationships
of items within a scene’s environment. And, it doesn’t
take a huge intellectual leap to see that an accurate and clearly
labeled drawing will go much further in court than a poorly
drawn, hard-to-follow hand sketch.
methods to prepare a quality crime scene sketch can be a daunting
task. It’s one that requires accurate measurements, lots
of coffee, plenty of time and an element of artistic talent.
arrived, in the form of "The Board for Crime Scene Investigation,"
a patented drawing system that drastically simplifies ‘hand-sketching’
through the use of scaled and graphically-detailed magnetic
symbols and a magnetic 11 ½” x 19” layout
The kit contains
more than 650 magnetic symbols include furniture, kitchen components,
weapons, people/victims, vehicles, arrows and pre-labeled text
blocks (in ¼” = 1 ft. scale), a title block/evidence
log and wet-erase marker. The system comes in a durable binder
(12” x 10” x 1” thick) making it a portable
measurements will always be critical, imagine the time saved
by simply placing a magnetic “sofa and chair” in
position, instead of drawing them in using a pencil and paper.
After a sketch is completed, a digital camera shot or photocopy
of the board provides a high quality permanent record.
best part -- no art classes.
for Crime Scene Investigation was developed with the assistance
of a number of CSI’s who saw the positive effects such
a product would have on efficiency and accuracy.
Magnetic Board can be purchased
through the Lynn Peavey