Modus operandi It is a Latin phrase that can be translated as "Way of acting" . It's about a particular way of working to meet a objective .
The modus operandi, therefore, is given by the Steps and the procedures that a subject or a group of individuals execute with the intention of achieving something. He concept It is used in different fields.
It is common for the idea of modus operandi to be used within the framework of the investigation criminal . In this context, the modus operandi refers to the guidelines followed or usually followed by a criminal by committing a crime .
By knowing the modus operandi of a malefactor, the police have a better chance of catching him or discovering who he is, since the person in question he tends to do the same every time he acts.
Suppose a serial killer , as a mark or imprint, leave a white rose on the remains of its victims , which he kills by strangulation. This murderer always attacks women between the ages of 20 and 30 in outdoor spaces and at night. In this way, every time they encounter a case of these characteristics, investigators attribute the fact to the criminal himself for his modus operandi. Once caught, those responsible should tie up ends to prove that he is the author of all the murders.
The notion of modus operandi is also used with respect to habits of predators when stalking and catching prey; to the behavior of a virus once an infection occurs; and by operating a malicious software on a computer (computer), for example.