Sit for a polygraph test. Sounds incredibly simplistic, but it works – in this case to the benefit of two individuals wrongly implicated in a theft, and to the detriment of the ex-colleague who implicated them. Please note that names and certain non-essential details regarding the case below have been omitted or changed to protect
Thinking that criminals are just a bunch of drug addicts, cash-strapped desperados or plainly bad people borders on naive. Scientific evidence suggesting that childhood trauma plays a major part in criminal or socially unacceptable behaviour is coming to the fore – and fuels the need for serious change in South Africa. Recent reports published in
Sources indicate that roughly 73% – 80% of South Africa’s prison population are repeat offenders. While rehabilitation programs are in place, one has to wonder whether more could be done to help offenders keep on the straight and narrow following their release from prison – at least those found guilty of serious crimes
Unofficial statistics suggest that at least 75% of robbers who target residential premises do so based on solid information about the value of a potential haul – irrespective of the security of the premises.
Confessions during polygraph tests are not uncommon – in many cases the mere knowledge of facing the polygraph test compels many subjects to confess, even before testing begins. Here are a few examples of successful polygraph tests conducted by CSI Africa where subjects confessed to their crimes.
Reports of lifeless bodies turning up are a sad recurring theme in South Africa’s newspapers: from the Oscar Pistorius case, to the more recent “axe murders” of the van Breda family, and the even more recent discovery of the body of a young woman on the mountains above Kalk Bay. An element of forensic investigation is present in all these cases, and busies itself with the answering of a few important questions: the who, and determining what happened – to name but two.
CSI Operations is CSI Africa’s foray into the high-end security sector, and comes after months of planning and legwork. This new department offers surveillance, covert investigations, protection as part of its growing service offering.
A prominent Durban high school unwittingly employed a convicted sex offender, and failed to act after his first victim notified the school’s management team. And although South African legislation provides measures to safeguard our children, more can be done to prevent convicted sex offenders from slipping through the cracks.
In June of 2013 Forbes published Background Checks On Job Candidates: Be Very Careful . The article highlighted lawsuits filed by US federal regulators who argue that employers who exclude all job applicants with criminal records may be guilty of racial discrimination.