New fingerprinting technologies to help in fight against theft and fraud

Posted by ap507 at May 29, 2014 12:19 PM |
New crime-fighting inventions presented at Forensics Europe Expo
New fingerprinting technologies to help in fight against theft and fraud

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Two new crime-fighting inventions have been shown at the Forensics Europe Expo, which took place between 29 - 30 April, Olympia, London – both of which could be used to bring bad guys to justice in the future.

The first of the inventions, both of which have been developed by Dr John Bond OBE from the Department of Chemistry, uses a specially tailored UV light source to visualise fingerprints not possible to see otherwise on ‘thermal paper’ – that is, the paper used for shop receipts and for bank statements from ATMs.

The second invention is a device used for storing a used firearm shell in a sterile container, ensuring minimal contact with the outer surface of the casing, which is where extraneous DNA or fingerprints would be picked up under normal circumstances. The technology could lead to better retention of DNA and fingerprint material from crime scenes involving the discharge of a firearm.

Dr Bond, working with Dr Lisa Smith from the Department of Criminology, presented the inventions at the Forensics Europe Expo, while advertising academic courses available in the Department and the European funded Intrepid Forensics programme of ten Ph.D. studentships.