Tool Kit: Protecting Evidence at the Scene

A few items to help maintain the integrity of evidence at a scene.


Secure the scene in a flash with this Quick Screen Flash Wall. Produced from square stock aluminum, the frame features quick release tabs for easy one person set up and tear down. Each screen comes with a wheeled bag for easy transport from scene to scene. The screen material is double-thick nylon/polyester to reduce the see-through visibility. The Quick Screen Flash Wall is available in two sizes: 30 x 90-in. and 60 x 90-in. (pictured above).
Coverups from TRITECH Forensics protect a wide variety of evidence at crime scenes—including pistols, knives, and shell casings—from being rained on, stepped on, moved, or picked up by unauthorized personnel. Unlike other lightweight markers, Coverups are made of a clear plastic material, allowing you to see the evidence without needing to remove the Coverup. Coverups will not blow away: They come with four adhesive strips that will stick to any dry surface, four barbed tabs that lock onto grass, and four holes that allow you to secure Coverups on dirt, sand, or snow by using 4- to 6-in. nails.
SiteBloc is a unique, practical Incident Containment Kit that quickly establishes a privacy barrier that protects the integrity of crime scenes while preserving the privacy of investigators, victims, and families. SiteBloc will shield the view at fatal traffic accident sites to avoid slowdowns created by curious onlookers, reducing the risk of other potential accidents and easing traffic congestion. SiteBloc can create an area for public information and media containment, commercial enforcement screening, DUI checkpoints, HazMat, public show booths, and a variety of other uses. SiteBloc is manufactured in the USA with durable products that will hold up well in diverse environments.
Dignity of a victim is a high priority for any emergency scene and by removing the public’s view it allows you to instantly control the emergency and provide the care that is needed. SceneSafe introduced the Scene Screen, a rapid deployable system designed for securing any scene from public view. An essential requirement used on many security environments, the scene screen allows multiple systems to interlock, providing a barrier to protect the area in question. The contents include all the components required to quickly erect the screen and allow it to be fully transportable and easy to store.





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