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Fact or Fiction: TV Crime Fighting
by Staff
"CSI," "Law and Order" and other crime and forensic investigation shows present themselves as grounded in reality. But just how real are they? Take our fact or fiction quiz to find out what you really know about the truth underlying these programs.

Fact or fiction: Real crime scene investigators (CSI) prefer to search for evidence at night and in the dark.

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Fact or fiction: Crime scene investigators are not sworn law enforcement officers.

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Fact or fiction: Upon encountering a murder victim, it's standard procedure for law enforcement to look for some sort of identification.

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Fact or fiction: Most real CSI personnel carry guns, interrogate suspects and wear bulletproof vests.

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Fact of fiction: The original "CSI" TV series is set in Las Vegas.

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Fact or fiction: Most real life CSI personnel are civilians because of budgetary reasons.

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Fact or fiction: The "CSI Effect" refers to skills criminals have learned by watching crime shows.

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Fact or fiction: It's easy to obtain DNA evidence at a crime scene.

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Fact or fiction: Real-life CSI teams don't drive Hummers.

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Fact or fiction: It takes weeks for DNA evidence to be processed.

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Fact or fiction: Covering a dead body with a sheet or a blanket is always a good thing to do.

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Fact or fiction: In real life, family members are allowed to enter a crime scene to see a murdered relative.

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Fact or fiction: The CSI franchise was created by Jerry Bruckheimer.

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Fact or fiction: It's against the law for real world police officers to touch a dead body they encounter.

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Fact or fiction: It's impossible to obtain DNA evidence from a car that has been burned or cleaned with bleach.

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Fact or fiction: Real CSI lab workers are generalists, and have a wide range of knowledge about several scientific topics.

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Fact of fiction: It's the job of real CSI personnel to figure out who committed a crime.

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Fact or fiction: Both Justin Bieber and Roger Daltrey have appeared on episodes of CSI.

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Fact or fiction: A sample of DNA is not sufficient to obtain a suspect's photograph and criminal record.

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Fact or fiction: Real life crime scene searches are conducted using distinct, regimented patterns.

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