Burglar breaking into a house window with a crowbar

If you witnessed a crime, there are important things you should know to help police. Please watch this short video, “If You Witness A Crime, Here’s What To Do,” (total play time: 1.14). On a personal note, I have learned so much about police investigations from participating in three police citizens academies, serving on the grand jury (a 6-month commitment), and doing research for my fiction writing. Below are three things I believe are extremely helpful in identifying a suspect:

  1. What kind of shoes was the suspect wearing? Shoes are very distinct. Look at people’s feet and you’ll see. No two people will be wearing the same.
  2. Did the suspect have any tattoos or piercings? Again, tats and piercings are very distinct. The police photograph tattoos on people arrested and processed. They maintain a database just like fingerprints.
  3. Describe what he/she was wearing. Believe it or not, crooks commit multiple crimes wearing the same clothes. Maybe it’s their favorite outfit. It helps to link the suspect to other crimes, especially a serial criminal committing B & E or armed robbery.

About Susan MIlls Wilson

Susan Mills Wilson is a native of North Carolina where she writes romantic suspense. She is the leader of the Charlotte Writers Club Mystery Critique Group and a member of Charlotte Writers Club. Subscribe to Susan’s blog at www.susanmillswilson.com.
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