By creating a hypothesis the analyst can continue to support or deny it based upon the analysis of the information gathered. It does not matter if the original hypothesis was right or wrong but rather that this process is being followed consistently over time. With that being said the hypothesis or any inference should contain at the minimum the following information:
- WHO – Key individual or individuals
- WHAT – Criminal Activity
- HOW – Method of operation
- WHERE – Geographical scope
- WHY – Motive
- WHEN – Time-frame
By looking at this type of information above and evaluating it’s value to the potential crime (who, what, when, where and why), it will help to have an established framework and process in place to ensure that maximum success in any given investigation.