Cracking a computer case

Submitted by:
PoliceOne Senior Editor Doug Wyllie


07/20/2010

Criminals use computers for all manner of nefarious activities — this is not news — from arranging meetings between Johns and prostitutes, to distributing illegal pornography, to advertising the sale of goods which had been stolen from residences and businesses. PoliceOne Technology Help Correspondent last month wrote an article (the full text of which you can read here) that provides an excellent tip for investigators who are certified to gather digital information: invest in a hard drive duplicator.

They’re relatively cheap (well, some are relatively cheap, others cost thousands of dollars), they’re very reliable, and they can solve a host of problems created by trying to obtain digital data via other means such as “ghosting,” which can be tedious and time consuming.

The prices and complexity of operation vary, so you’ll need to research all your options and determine which solution best suits your department’s needs. To get you started, some of the top names in the market are StarTech, Voom Technologies, ICS (Intelligent Computer Solutions), and Logicube.

One last thing: As you do your “shopping” you should keep in mind that many of these types of devices can be written into any number of Federal and State grant programs. If you have any questions on using grant funding to support your department’s investigations unit, you should check out PoliceGrantsHelp.com.


Doug Wyllie is Editor in Chief of PoliceOne, responsible for setting the editorial direction of the website and managing the planned editorial features by our roster of expert writers. An award-winning columnist — he is the 2014 Western Publishing Association "Maggie Award" winner in the category of Best Regularly Featured Digital Edition Column — Doug has authored more than 750 feature articles and tactical tips on a wide range of topics and trends that affect the law enforcement community.

On a daily basis, Doug is in close personal contact with some of the top subject-matter experts in law enforcement, regularly tapping into the world-class knowledge of officers and trainers from around the United States, and working to help spread that information and insight to the hundreds of thousands of officers who visit PoliceOne every month.

Doug is a member of International Law Enforcement Educators and Trainers Association (ILEETA), an Associate Member of the California Peace Officers' Association (CPOA), and a member of the Public Safety Writers Association (PSWA).

Even in his "spare" time, he is active in his support for the law enforcement community, contributing his time and talents toward police-related charitable events as well as participating in force-on-force training, search-and-rescue training, and other scenario-based training designed to prepare cops for the fight they face every day on the street.

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