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Crime scene reconstruction is a favourite of CSI-type television shows. After all, most people like a good “whodunnit”. And finding out who did it usually starts with finding out what happened. Here we’ll introduce you to blood spatter analysis, and see how it can help forensic investigators go back in time to unearth a few very important clues.

CV fraud is a prevalent theme in South Africa, with many individuals falsifying either qualifications or references with the aim of attaining sought-after positions. If you think it’s a good idea to be more risk averse in 2016, this post is for you.

House robbers are typically aged between 19 and 26 and have spent a lot of time gaining the needed experience to be successful. This experience is often put to good use over the festive season when there’s no one at home, or when the presents under your Christmas tree appear to have some financial value.

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How to clear your good name

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

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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.

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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.