Criminal Investigation

In the early hours of an investigation, police officers on a crime scene don’t know exactly which details might be important to the case. Investigators must deliver clear, concise, and well-documented information, including even the most delicate evidence – and only have one chance to get it right.

Our digital solutions help you maintain the chain of custody by capturing the scene and visualising in real time and helping with the systematic documentation and examination of the scene, such as georeferencing the evidence. Digital scene “flythroughs” provide an overview of the entire scene, identify any threats to scene integrity, and ensure the protection of physical evidence. Our solutions minimise disruption for the public by allowing faster reopening of crime scenes and bringing justice.



Capture and preserve all evidence at crime scenes

It’s very easy to miss evidence. Part of every crime scene investigator’s concern is whether he or she has properly documented the scene. One little detail could mean the difference between winning or losing a case and bringing justice to victims and their families. In many instances, evidence may not be revisited for months or even years, and information about the crime scene that would have been pertinent might be lost over time. Revisiting the Forensic Digital Twin created at a crime scene helps police officers, prosecutors, judges, and others to better understand the course of events.

Bullet trajectory analysis

Our 3D laser scanning technology helps crime scene investigators to create digital representations of crime scenes that allow tracing the path of a bullet, proving the shooter's position or intent. With Leica Map 360 forensic mapping software, you can accurately reconstruct and map bullet trajectories from measured or scanned trajectory rods and tag every piece of evidence.

Bloodstain pattern analysis (BPA)

Document and digitise the blood spatter at your crime scene with our accurate 3D laser scanning technology. Analyse impact patterns to define the area of origin and produce accurate 2D or 3D visualisation. Leica Map360 software helps you to create a BPA report with the calculated results.

Discover our recommended solutions for criminal investigation


Fast, agile, and precise crime scene documentation and forensic mapping for court-ready deliverables




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Capture the scene with the Leica RTC360

With the RTC360 3D laser scanner crime scenes can be captured at up to 2 million points per second in less than two minutes and pre-registered at the scene. With the Double Scan feature enabled on the RTC360, automatically remove moving objects such as people or vehicles in your final point cloud data.

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Manage the data with Leica Cyclone FIELD 360 and Leica Cyclone REGISTER 360

The captured scan data is pre-registered in the field and displayed in real time through Cyclone FIELD 360 mobile-device app, allowing users to conduct onsite quality control checks of the scans quickly.

Quickly post-process scenes in the office with Cyclone REGISTER 360 software.

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Deliver a wide array of reports with Leica Map360

Our forensic mapping software, Map360, is the solution for complete crime scene reconstruction with the flexibility to import your data from a wide range of sensors. Analyse your scene with intuitive tools, such as bloodstain pattern analysis, bullet trajectory analysis, 2D and 3D body poser and more. Map360 helps you to easily transform your 3D crime scene data into accurate and compelling Forensic Digital Twin.

 

Handheld and accurate in-picture measurement solution for crime scene documentation




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Capture the scene with the Leica BLK3D

The BLK3D is a measurement solution based on photos. Each photo captured is a complete measurement record that contains height, width, and depth measurements. Measurements can be created at any point, right at the scene, or at any point in time thereafter using the BLK3D Desktop Software.

The BLK3D enables you to measure even in hard to reach areas easily. It helps to avoid transposed digits and missing or inaccurate measurements. Police officers or first responders can document small to medium-sized crime scenes directly onsite.

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Manage and deliver the data with integrated BLK3D Software

Export 3D images in PDF or JPG format from your PC or from the BLK3D via WiFi. Send 3D images captured by the BLK3D to your computer, where they can be opened and edited with the BLK3D Desktop Software.

The captured 3D measurable images can be used to create advanced reports as PDF with 2D plans, pictures with 3D in-picture measurements, highly accurate 2D and 3D diagrams.

 

Budget-friendly and intuitive solution for crime scene and evidence measurements




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Capture the scene with the Leica DISTO S910

The DISTO S910 is a budget-friendly laser measurement device used for evidence collection at indoor or outdoor scenes. It is equipped with a millimetre-accurate laser pointer and an internal line camera with four-level zoom. The intuitive interface allows for easy navigation of the measuring tools and the ability to view your measurements in 2D and 3D in real time as you take them at the scene. The onboard camera also takes a photo of each measurement to include with your scene diagram.

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Manage and deliver the data with Evidence Recorder

Easily connect the DISTO S910 to Evidence Recorder. The DISTO S910 provides a WiFi communications hotspot compatible with any Windows tablet or controller running Evidence Recorder.

Evidence Recorder allows you to review your measurements in 2D or 3D and confirm there are no errors or missing points before leaving the scene. By importing measurements and line work directly into Map360 from Evidence Recorder, you can also create accurate and compelling diagrams in minutes.

 

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Top 5 benefits of laser scanning for crime scene investigations

Laser scanning enables investigators, officers, and others to collect data faster, map scenes safer, revisit crime scenes anytime, analyse evidence from the point cloud and capture witness points of view.
Laser scanning enables investigators, officers, and others to collect data faster, map scenes safer, revisit crime scenes anytime, analyse evidence from the point cloud and capture witness points of view.

How to use Leica Map360 and laser scanning for trajectory in crime scene analysis

Learn how laser scanning data and DISTO™ measurements were registered and imported into Map360 crime scene diagramming and reconstruction software to analyse the trajectory of a bullet, helping to convict the suspect.
Learn how laser scanning data and DISTO™ measurements were registered and imported into Map360 crime scene diagramming and reconstruction software to analyse the trajectory of a bullet, helping to convict the suspect.

All criminal investigation resources

Browse a wide collection of resources to learn how peers are using our technology to solve cases and learn from our experts how to use geospatial technology for crime scene investigation.
Browse a wide collection of resources to learn how peers are using our technology to solve cases and learn from our experts how to use geospatial technology for crime scene investigation.

Why choose us

Peer-to-peer advice, consultancy and practical assistance. We are a partner trusted by public and private sector organisations, offering the broadest portfolio of geospatial tools, reliable service, and expertise.
Peer-to-peer advice, consultancy and practical assistance. We are a partner trusted by public and private sector organisations, offering the broadest portfolio of geospatial tools, reliable service, and expertise.

Applications

Our know-how serves Public Safety professionals worldwide and redefines the way law enforcement personnel manage incident and scene investigation, evidence gathering, and forensic mapping.
Our know-how serves Public Safety professionals worldwide and redefines the way law enforcement personnel manage incident and scene investigation, evidence gathering, and forensic mapping.

Solutions

Our solutions for reality capture, scene investigation or reconstruction, precise positioning and location intelligence give you the edge in creating your Forensic Digital Twin.
Our solutions for reality capture, scene investigation or reconstruction, precise positioning and location intelligence give you the edge in creating your Forensic Digital Twin.

Learning centre

Whether looking to move beyond traditional documentation methods or master your technology, our training resources support you in every step of your day-to-day job.
Whether looking to move beyond traditional documentation methods or master your technology, our training resources support you in every step of your day-to-day job.