Oct
30
2012
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How much is lost in plastic card fraud?

chip and pin readerWe hear of credit card and payment frauds all the time, and about the introduction of new technology and initiatives to combat the problem. But how successful are these and what is the scale of losses involved? Losses on UK issued plastic cards in 2011 reached £341 million. The good news is that losses have [more...]

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May
26
2010
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What is Cinderella Analysis?

shoes soles trainersThe Prince may have matched the shoe to Cinderella easily enough, but matching a criminal to his shoes takes a rather more scientific approach. Cinderella Analysis is the name that has been given to the forensic examination of shoes and other footwear to match them to a suspect. To assist in this analysis, forensic scientists [more...]

May
20
2010
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What is the Art Loss Register?

bad artists imitate great artists stealThe recent theft of paintings from the Paris Museum of Modern Art which included works by Picasso and Matisse, will concern all gallery owners and private collectors. Stolen works of art and antiques often disappear never to be seen again, or if they do re-emerge, it is often several years later. In an attempt to [more...]

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Sep
04
2009
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How do South Africans cope with the high crime rate?

Electric fenceBy some statistical measures (but not others), South Africa has the highest crime rate in the world. Robbery, murder and rape are astonishingly high. How can people live in a place like that? First, it should be said that the statistics, horrendous though they are, are somewhat misleading. South Africa is unusual in that it [more...]

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Apr
19
2009
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What insurance do I need when starting a business?

Will I need fire insurance for my new business? (photo by Ed CC-BY)If you are starting up a business in the UK, one of most important things you must consider is insurance. There are many types of insurance. Some are required by law, while others you should consider to ensure that you and your business are protected. As to what types of insurance, it depends on the [more...]

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Apr
10
2009
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How do I become a Magistrate?

The cells of the former Derby Magistrates’ Court (photo by Thompski CC-BY)Magistrates are an important part of the criminal justice system in England and Wales. They also hear almost 95% of all criminal cases. The vast majority of magistrates are volunteers, and sitting as a Justice of the Peace they perform an important role in today’s society. They are recruited and serve locally, and it is [more...]

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Mar
22
2009
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What are victimless crimes?

Photo by Lewis Minor - CC-BYTaken literally, a victimless crime is any crime for which there is no identifiable human victim. However, the term is often used more broadly. It may include a crime where the perpetrator is considered to be the victim. It may also be used to describe a crime where the perpetrator doesn’t consider there to be [more...]

Mar
21
2009
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Do I have ancestors with a criminal record?

Statue of Justice above the Old Bailey (photo by Rachel Scott Halls CC-BY)Family history researchers must be always ready to be shocked when they find a ‘skeleton in the cupboard’ while researching their family tree. Thieves, arsonists, bigamists and even murderers can be revealed. In the UK, types of records relating to their criminal past can be many and varied, and found in many different archives including [more...]

Mar
16
2009
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Has Google Earth ever been used as an aid to commit crime?

City Hall, Chicago. This should confuse the lead thief (photo by Morris K. Udall Foundation CC-BY)Google Earth and Maps are being championed as a useful crime prevention tool to tell people about crime in their neighbourhood. While on the other side, there are many who say that the maps and satellite images are too detailed and intrusive, and will be used by criminals. The opponents argue that on Google’s satellite [more...]

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Mar
07
2009
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Who are the world’s most wanted fugitives?

FBI Wanted Fugitives (photo by Marcin Wichary CC_BY)The internet is now a useful tool in the investigation of crime and the tracking down of fugitives from justice and suspected criminals. There are several police and justice agencies which use the internet to appeal for information which could lead to the arrest of their most wanted fugitives. The FBI reveals its 10 Most [more...]

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