Beat the burglar campaign: Crucial role played by Norfolk’s crime scene investigators

Every house burglary in Norwich and across Norfolk is visited by a Crime Scene Investigator, whose job it is to uncover vital evidence which can prove vital in catching the culprits.

Norfolk police has seven Crime Scene Investigators, or CSIs as they are known.

As well as CSIs there are three Volume Crime Scene Investigators (VCSIs) – who will attend burglaries as well as scenes of low level crime like criminal damage and car crime – working in the Norwich, south Norfolk and Broadland areas.

Det Supt Neil Bailey, of Norfolk police's County Delivery Unit, based at Norwich's Bethel Street police station, said: 'Norfolk Constabulary has a policy where every report of house burglary will be visited by specially-trained detectives and by CSIs. By doing so, the force is able to maximise all opportunities to capture forensic evidence and traditional witness evidence to support the prosecution of offenders.'

Pete Bourne, senior CSI and supervisor for Norwich, south Norfolk and Broadland, is responsible for a group of CSIs on a day-to-day basis and has worked with the team for the past eight years.

He said: 'We will speak to the attending officer if they have gone and speak to the victim themselves.

'Once we've got all the information we can actually piece together what's happened.

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'We will come up with a scenario and from there start to look around the property and try to target areas where we think the burglar has been and start an investigation.'

For full story see today's paper.

You can report any information about burglaries or suspicious activity, people or vehicles to police by calling 101 or Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111. If you think a crime is in progress always call 999.

If you would like to speak to an officer regarding crime prevention advice you can contact your local Safer Neighbourhood Team by calling 101 or by visiting

Tomorrow: What steps you can take to try to prevent yourself being a victim of crime.