Tire Tread and Tire Track Evidence: Recovery and Forensic Examination

William J. Bodziak

February 19, 2008 by CRC Press
Reference - 368 Pages - 271 Color & 200 B/W Illustrations
ISBN 9780849372476 - CAT# 7247
Series: Practical Aspects of Criminal and Forensic Investigations

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Features

  • Presents practical aspects of retrieving evidence of tire marks in dirt and snow
  • Includes more than 270 color photographs to illustrate concepts
  • Features case studies to demonstrate techniques
  • Shows how to present proper testimony in court
  • Covers legal issues relating to the Daubert Ruling
  • Summary

    Police success in linking vehicles to the scene of a crime through the impressions and tracks those vehicles leave behind has long served as a successful and reliable forensic tool. The collection and forensic evaluation of that evidence, however, requires specialized knowledge, training, and expertise.
    Drawing from the author’s 34 years of experience, first as an FBI examiner and currently as a private consultant in the area of tire evidence, Tire and Tire Track Evidence: Recovery and Forensic Examination is the most comprehensive and up-to-date volume available on the subject. Covering all aspects of the field, the book begins with general information on the modern pneumatic tire and basic terminology. For both the crime scene technician and the forensic examiner, the author addresses information on both how to recover tire track evidence and how to photograph and cast the individual tread detail from those impressions.
    The book explains and illustrates the necessary information on obtaining known exemplars; tire manufacturing, and retreading tires. It explains important aspects of tires including their tread design and dimension, noise treatment, general wear and individual acquired characteristics. The author instructs on applying that knowledge while conducting a structured examination procedure, resulting in the final evaluation of evidence and report writing as well as the presentation of tire evidence in court. He provides information on databases and resources along with case examples, including the Oklahoma City bombing.
    Informative and useful, this book gives crime scene technicians and forensic examiners the tools to accurately and reliably collect, recover, and examine tire evidence.