Special tools and equipment may be required to collect electronic evidence. Experience has shown that advances in technology may dictate changes in the tools and equipment required. There should be access to the tools and equipment necessary to document, disconnect, remove, package, and transport electronic evidence.
Preparations should be made to acquire the equipment required to collect electronic evidence. The needed tools and equipment are dictated by each aspect of the process: documentation, collection, packaging, and transportation.
Departments should have general crime scene processing tools (e.g., cameras, notepads, sketchpads, evidence forms, crime scene tape, markers). The following are additional items that may be useful at an electronic crime scene:
indelible felt tip markers
Disassembly and removal tools
A variety of nonmagnetic sizes and types of:
flat-blade and philips-type screwdrivers
needle-nose and standard pliers
specialized screwdrivers (manufacturer-specific, e.g. hp, macintosh)
Package and transport supplies
antistatic bubble wrap
evidence bags of various sizes
sturdy boxes of various sizes
used diskette (for transportation)
a means of secure transport
Items that also should be included within a department’s tool kit are:
large elastic bands
list of useful telephone numbers
unused floppy diskettes (3 1/2 & 5 1/4)
numerous and various cables etc.
sim card reader
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