Where Does the Bumper Go? (Evidence Storage Room Talk)

 In ActivRAC, Evidence Lockers

Spacesaver has been involved with the design and installation of many evidence storage rooms. The questions in the beginning of the process are typically, “What would it cost?” because budgeting is so important during the pre-design and programming phases of a project.

Product cost is just one element of the complete financial picture for an agency involved in a renovation or new building construction. Product and installation costs may fluctuate, but construction budgets are affected by changes to design.  Each time a design feature is changed, other components of the project may be changed too. Electrical, plumbing, structural, heating and ventilation all have various elements of pipes and ducts that escalate costs of changes.  The further into a process changes are made, the more expensive it is to make those changes.

What does construction planning have to do with “where the bumper goes”?  One of the areas of a Law Enforcement Facility renovation or new building with increased focused is the evidence storage room. Changes to DNA testing, digital crime scene recreation, and enhanced evidence collection means more items are being collected from crime scenes and those items are being held longer.  Where is evidence kept?

As the evidence room is surveyed and systems and processes for storing evidence are reviewed, it is important to ask the question, “Where does the bumper go?”  Envelopes, bags, and boxes are often used to organize and store evidence by the case.  Law Enforcement agencies have cases of hit-and-run or vehicular homicide where the bumper contains paint transfer or trace evidence. It won’t fit in an envelope. It doesn’t fit in a bag or box. Is how do we store a car bumper?

Where to store the bumper and over-sized items such as rolls of carpet or a stove or a couch are important. The sooner in the process these items are identified and included in the construction plans, the less it costs. When budgeting for a facility, look beyond initial product cost to the completed solution. The best planning team will ultimately reduce your budget by eliminating costly changes.

—Gary Lowery
Vertical Sales Manager for Public Safety and Military Markets, Spacesaver Corporation

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