on 3/25/06 6:59 PM US/Central, steven c at [log in to unmask] wrote:
> Does this assume:
> 1) Law Enforcement Agencies (real ones, not ones on TV shows) use
> microcassette recorders for wiretaps?
Not really, not in my experience. Most don't have top end equipment by any
means, nor at the other extreme, do they use microcassettes.
> 2) LEA's sneak into dens of criminality and hide microcassette
> recorders in heat vents, under beds and so on...and can then
> sneak in again to recover them?
This seems to be a corollary of Question #1, and again, not really.
> 3) Criminals thoughtfully record all their devious plans using
> microcassette recorders?
Forensic audio doesn't always deal with that type of criminal and their
devious plans. It sometimes includes housewives, husbands, or na´ve
individuals who feel that they need to document a circumstance they find
themselves in, such as blackmail, threatened violence, child abuse, or any
of a number of less-than-glamorous circumstances. It's not Hollywood.
Maybe a husband or a wife has threatened to throw a baby in a marital
dispute.... the opposing individual typically lacks audio engineering
abilities, and he/she might go the local R. Shack to pick up a cheap device
to document the horror of the relationship. Far fetched? Not at all.
> Seems like either the LEA's or the criminals, or both, should
> be upgrading their hardware?
You take the criminals, the LEAs and even the civil cases as you find them,
and you do your very best to provide a service to fit their circumstances.
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