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.

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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.

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Introducing: CSI Operations

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.

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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.

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CSI Africa’s new CarerCheck system simplifies the often complex background screening and credential verification procedure. It saves time, and reduces the administrative load on the owners of juvenile care institutions who are often fulltime carers themselves.

Lie to Me Poster 2009

Lie detection sans polygraph machine has become a feature in many popular television series, and it gives characters imbued with this ability almost superhuman status. But is it real or not? Can deception be inferred from facial expressions? Well, no and yes.

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