Cracking a computer case


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.

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Doug Wyllie is Editor at Large for PoliceOne, providing police training content on a wide range of topics and trends affecting the law enforcement community. Doug is the 2014 Western Publishing Association "Maggie Award" winner for Best Regularly Featured Digital Edition Column, and has authored more than 1,000 articles and tactical tips. Doug hosts the PoliceOne Podcast, Policing Matters, and is the host for PoliceOne Video interviews. 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).

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