Forensic locksmith is an area of study that focuses on examining locks or other security devices in order to determine how it was open, neutralized or bypassed. Individuals who become a forensic locksmith are trained in the use of equipment and scientific methods to exam all forms of locks for information. Some forensic techniques employed by this locksmiths include microscopic examination, microphotography, regular photography, physical disassembly of the lock and occasionally laboratory techniques such as metallurgy and tool mark identification.
This field of locksmithing combines the skills and knowledge of a professional locksmith with the vigilance of an investigator. A forensic locksmith is often called to assist an investigative agency with criminal investigations, insurance claims and security maintenance in order to during the facts if a lock or key system is compromised.
Forensic locksmiths focus on identifying the method of entry, the tools that were used, the skill level of the culprit, the level of security of the lock system and any evidence that may be used to identify the suspect later. While a forensic locksmith doesn’t solve investigative cases they will provide the information, evidence and insight needed in order to provide an outcome to the investigation.
In order to become a forensic locksmith you need to have knowledge in locksmithing, crime scene investigation, photography, microscopy and microphotography, evidence collection and preservation, written communication and verbal communication. While focus is placed on the methods of compromise, the study and identification of forensic evidence left behind by the suspect is also important to understanding the lack of security and how to improve it.
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