Does CSI promote criminal activity?

Philippines
February 6, 2007 6:00am CST
I've heard opinions from other people that CSI promotes criminality. Their main argument is that if people know how to hide their tracks based on what they saw in the show, they would know how to commit crimes to stump the police by carefully defeating the methods CSI use in processing crime scenes. What's your take on this? Would it really be possible to avoid the law and commit the perfect crime?
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@cnetboss (2477)
• Philippines
15 Feb 07
THe CSI shows only shows that crimes doesn't pay and thru this shows you can see how forensic Science solves crimes and how the evidence can catch the criminals.
@kerbausama (1338)
• Malaysia
13 Feb 07
yeah..it show to make crime perfectly..on the other hand it give me knowledge.. .
@freak369 (4699)
• United States
13 Feb 07
You are seeing 20% of the tricks of the trade on shows like CSI. The other 80% is stuff that the feds use for high profile cases. Your average police department doesn't have the trained manpower, funds or resources to run a CSI team full time. At best, they contract out cases that require DNA testing and post motrum fingerprinting. As far as it making better criminals, if that were the case, we wouldn't have overcrowding in jails.
• Canada
9 Feb 07
This is the most ridiculous argument I've heard. It's a television show and while it does deal with the possibility of educating criminals, there's nothing on the show that a dedicated criminal couldn't pick up by visiting a library. A forensics book would help a criminal more than the show would ever help. For the most part, someone who is going to commit a crime does so with full intent and would maybe pick up a flicker of some things on CSI but most they'd already know them, because in order to get away with it (or think they'll get away with it) they'd have to know as much about the forensics process and the criminal process as possible. This would require patience, devotion and passion... the kind you'd only find with serial killers, etc. Most of criminals won't remember what they'd need to in the heat of the moment no matter what crime it is they're committing. Sure they might remember to wipe down the counter, but in doing so they leave their epithelials on whatever they used to wipe the counter with, yet forget this and conveniently discard the item in the nearby trashcan for CSIs to find whilst investigating. It would take a cold, calculating individual like a serial killer/rapist/burglar etc to get away with a crime by knowing forensics, and this simply can't be learned to that extent by watching a fictional television show, no matter how much of the "how they do it" process is shown. Long live CSI!! :)
• United States
8 Feb 07
Nobody can commit the "perfect" crime. It is easy to see how people can think that but everyone slips up and leaves something or there is always a wittness. CSI is just a tv show and anyone that watches a tv. show to learn how to out smart the cops aren't very bright anyways.
• Philippines
8 Feb 07
To me, it helps avois crime rather than promote it. Do you think the authorities are that keen on dealing with evidences, witnesses, or suspects? People who are thinking to commit crime, who also watches the show, now thinks they do. And because of that, they become paranoid that they may get caught and abandon their plan.
@speakeasy (4215)
• United States
8 Feb 07
This is a really good question! I think it may encourage a FEW people to "try to beat the system" and the experts but these shows don't show everything. I also think it may discourage some people from committing crimes because they see how people who are smarter than they are still slip up and get caught.
@hartnsoul (558)
• Philippines
8 Feb 07
I don't think it promotes criminal activities. In fact, I think it teaches of the things that we should be cautious.
• United States
7 Feb 07
Yes anything is possible but I don't think that anyone who went through the trouble of committing the perfect crime would want to hide that fact for long. They would brag to someone eventually or think that they are so good that they begin to committ crimes all the time.
• Canada
6 Feb 07
i dont think it do, in a way it shows that ppl could possibly get away with murder, but it shows that you will get caught in the long run, no matter how much you try to cover your tracks, you'll still make a mistake sumwhere along the lines and do sumthign wrong that will get you caught!
@Ravenladyj (22992)
• United States
6 Feb 07
naw...i mean CSI certainly isnt the first criminalist type shwo by any means and you've never heard of someone commiting a crime based on what they saw on Quincy....besides all of the CSI shows arent very accurate when it comes to their procedures in comparison to real life CSU's...
• United States
6 Feb 07
I don't think it promotes criminality, I think if someone is going to commit a crime, a t.v. show is not going to give them the extra boost they need to do it. It may help them cover their tracks a little better, but I don't think it actually makes them commit crimes. I think that some experts just need to find something to blame for everything, and t.v. seems to be a good place to start for them.