Electronic Crime Scene Investigation: A Guide for First Responders

April 14, 2008

Chapter 1. Electronic Devices: Types, Description and Potential Evidence

Section 5 — Other Potential Sources of Digital Evidence

Description: First responders should be aware of and consider as potential evidence other elements of the crime scene that are related to digital information, such as electronic devices, equipment, software, hardware, or other technology that can function independently, in conjunction with, or attached to computer systems. These items may be used to enhance the user’s access of and expand the functionality of the computer system, the device itself, or other equipment.


Potential evidence: The device or item itself, its intended or actual use, its functions or capabilities, and any settings or other information it may contain is potential evidence.

Date Created: April 9, 2008