Burglary is a crime that has a the element of absent victims. It is typically done during the day in residential areas and at night in business sectors. The goal is to steal, not harm anyone directly. Robberies, on the other hand, are just the opposite. Robbers intend to harm victims directly and plan their theft around when business will be busy. Robberies often involve weapons, thus raising the level of crime to aggravated. Evidence for these scenes centers around tool marks and known samples of surfaces (like paint, glass, soil, insulation). Prints, tracks, hairs, fibers, and other identifying evidence is also important.
Homicide means "to kill one's own" so is used for suicides, manslaughter, accidents, and murder. Evidence includes those items looked for on a Burglary scene plus body fluids, wound depictions, weapons, and identification photos.
Sexual Assault Scenes
These scenes typically have two parts. The first focuses on the actual victim as the primary scene. Minnesota has lead the way in developing an inclusive easy to use sexual assault kit that gathers critical data from the victim. The clothing, body fluids, hairs, and fibers from both the victim and any potential suspects are important elements of evidence. The second focus is the physical location of the crime and then officers resort back to the Burglary scene to identify potential evidence.