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Cell Site Analysis and Cracking Crime

How mobile communications, via cell site analysis, has played a successful role in fighting crime

Fact: when you switch your mobile phone on, somebody else could trace your whereabouts. There are now ‘find my phone’ tracer apps which are good for tracing lost mobile phones. This is only half of the story. In forensics, we use what is known as Cell Site Analysis. This enables us to trace the whereabouts of a given person at the scene of a crime.

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Public Private Partnership Keeps Forensics Site on Task

How a Public Private Partnership has kept the Regional Scientific Support Unit going in Yorkshire, with forensics work carried out for other police forces

Thanks to funding cuts, public sector bodies have had to turn to other ways of making their services pay. It has been a painful process that has resulted in, for example, the closure of public libraries and leisure facilities. In the last five years, it has put pressure on police forces, with forensics being hard hit in favour of front line services.


Fingerprints: The Stratton Brothers’ Place in Legal History

How the case of the Farrow Murders was the first UK murder case to use fingerprints

In the world of forensics, the role of fingerprints remain an important accessory to any criminal investigation. It is hard to imagine how many cases could have been solved without fingerprint analysis. Though DNA is commonly used in today’s cases, the first murder conviction (in the UK) to use this method was the case of Colin Pitchfork.

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What is Mobile Device Forensics?

How mobile phone forensics could affect the way you browse

Almost everybody, it seems, has a mobile device of some description. Whether their device cost them £10 or £1,000, they are a boon for households, teenagers, pensioners, and technophiles. In many cases, they have taken the place of a daily newspaper. For example, the physical version of The Guardian only sells 200,000 copies a day (down from 400,000 in the pre-internet era). Their website has more than ten times that number in visitors.


What is Forensic Accountancy?

A beginners’ guide to forensic accountancy and how it is used

Forensic accountancy is the process of using accountancy practices to trace fraud investigations. It looks at the underlying reasons behind business damages. For example: securities and tax fraud; money laundering; bankruptcy proceeds; and insolvency. In England and Wales, forensic accounting come under the Proceeds of Crime Act 2002.