Forensic locksmithing is the name given to the art of examining a lock or any other type of security device, as well as associated equipment while making use of scientific methods to determine whether or not a lock was broken, the device was bypassed, neutralized and opened. A number of these examinations include the use of different types of techniques that are used in forensics. These techniques majorly include microphotography, microscopic examination, physical disassembly, and regular photography. These techniques carry a direct link with the respective device that has been opened or disassembled. In the laboratory, the identification of the lock may be conducted by making use of the above-mentioned techniques.
The field of forensic locksmithing at large includes the variety of knowledge and skills of the locksmiths who are as cunning and vigilant as an investigator. These locksmiths most of the time work while assisting various investigating agencies that are involved in the act of criminal investigation, security maintenance, insurance claims, etc. The locksmiths are involved in the provision of such facts that surround the compromise of the lock system or key.
In these situations, the locksmiths are required to identify the method which has been made use of for entry, the skills of the attacker and the tools made use of. The locksmith is also responsible for analyzing the relative security of the respective system and the set of evidence that can further contribute a major deal in the identification of the suspects. These locksmiths are not required to solve any of the cases under the process of an investigation but are only required to deal with all the processes related to security systems and locks. The forensic locksmith is told to provide a set of facts, evidence as well as the insight that can largely affect the context and outcome of the investigation undertaken.
There are a lot of knowledgeable aspects that need to be considered by forensic locksmiths. These include evidence collection, microscopic photography, crime scene investigation, photography, effective verbal communication, the written form of communication, preservation of the evidence that has been collected and of course the art of locksmithing.
There are proper training sessions that are conducted for the training and expertise building of the locksmiths. These training sessions are such that contribute a major deal in the locksmiths being able to refine their skills at large.