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Accidental Characteristic

See randomly acquired characteristic.A feature on a footwear outsole or tire tread resulting from interaction with an object(s) including, but not limited to: cuts, scratches, tears, holes, stone holds, abrasions and the acquisition of debris. The position, orientation, size and shape of these characteristics differentiate a footwear outsole or tire tread from other footwear outsoles or tire tread with similar class characteristics. Randomly acquired characteristics are essential for an identification of a particular item of footwear or tire as the source of an impression.

Date Added to Lexicon
Technical Report/Other Source (Author, Title of report. Publisher, Year.)
ANSI/Academy Standards Board (ASB), Terminology Used for Forensic Footwear and Tire Evidence. AAFS Academy Standards Board (ASB), 410 North 21st Street, Colorado Springs, CO 80904, 2019. Source link