Fingerprints

Not only do each and every one of us have very individual traits and looks but we have one thing that makes us completely unique and cannot be altered: these are our fingerprints. Fingerprints – and their individuality – are one of the most important pieces of evidence that can …

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Bloodstains, Tyre Tracks and Soil Samples

There are many different types of evidence that can be catalogued and used in the pursuit of criminals. As well as fingerprints and physical evidence such as bodily fluids and definitive eyewitness testimony; there are such things as bloodstains, tyre tracks and soil samples that can also be used. Bloodstains …

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What is DNA?

DNA – or Deoxyribonucleic Acid – is the building blocks of the human race and can be found within almost every cell of the human body. There are 46 chromosomes contained within a cell’s nucleus. What Does DNA Do? DNA holds information about the nature in which the body grows …

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Establishing a Crime Scene

In order for an officer of the law to establish a crime scene he or she must know what a crime scene is: simply put a crime scene is a location at which a crime has taken place and a location that may yield physical clues as to the nature …

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Taking DNA Samples

DNA is a valuable and important means for making the identification of a suspect possible in criminal investigations. These DNA samples are normally obtained through means of bodily fluids or flecks of skin found at the scene or indeed on the corpse. DNA samples can also be taken from individuals …

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Hair and Fibres in Forensics

We have all doubtlessly watched television shows and/or movies where the mention of hair and fibre is made often when it comes to the discovery of a corpse or indeed the reporting of a crime. The Importance of Hair and Fibre Hair and fibre are two of the most important …

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Ballistics: The Use and Study of Firearms

Most of us will have heard the term Ballistics at some time or other – more often than not when we have been watching fictionalised accounts of police work on television or in the cinema. What is Ballistics? Ballistics is the area of Forensic Science that deals with firearms; how …

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Serology: Bodily Fluids

Serology is the study and examination of bodily fluids that is used in forensic science as a means of segregating fluids excreted by assailants or attackers in varying criminal acts. These acts can range from physical assault to sexual assault, right through to the act of murder and all of …

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Forensic Reconstruction

We have all seen those television programmes that re-enact a crime to help jog the memories of members of the public when a crime has taken place and no immediate suspects or motives have come to light; these are known as forensic reconstructions. What is a Forensic Reconstruction? A forensic …

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Computer Crime

In today’s hi-tech world of computers, the Internet, online banking and the likes, the criminal fraternity have turned their attentions to other ways of blackmailing and theft. Types of Computer Crime Since the Internet’s surge into the mainstream and into our daily lives criminals have been finding new and more …

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