It's not exactly new news but it seems to be in the headlines at the moment...

Criminals are using crime programs such as CSI to learn how to cover their tracks. Crime programs which give tips on how to eliminate evidence are such a problem that prosecutors have a name for it - "The CSI effect".

I've mentioned the problem of teaching criminals how to do their job before and as I say, this is not a new revelation. I wonder if any Government will have the courage to tackle this issue? It won't be easy telling TV producers that they have to be less realistic. Crime drama is hugely popular - it's hard to imagine the current situation changing.

http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20060129/...ller_education