Take a look at these…
It’s quite possible that these were taken by the reporter, and not any investigative authority. It’s quite possible that the true recorded data has been acquired correctly. The reason for posting is that I see more and more of this type of image in the media and, in every case, I wonder if that original data was actually recovered.
It’s very easy to ‘snap’ a CCTV monitor for quick media dissemination. In some cases, it can help as it may take a little time to recover the actual evidence correctly. That time may be crucial and the intelligence received may help in progressing an investigation or eliminating persons seen.
Due to the myriad of methods and challenges faced in obtaining CCTV data, it is easy to understand how snapped or video recorded screens end up in the evidential chain but why was the original never recovered?
Identifying the artefacting caused in an image due to it being screen snapped, or other tell-tale signs, may help investigators ask the question – “where is the original?” If the original was never obtained, you may just have time to recover it – before it gets overwritten!