A mock crime scene featuring an abandoned car and a trail of footprints popped up in the city centre today.
Members of the public who stopped to take a look were shown how to extract DNA from a strawberry, how to lift fingerprints and footwear marks from a crime scene and lots more.
The curious display was all to do with aCoventry Universityforensics demonstration showcasing some of the courses students can sign up to.
The abandoned car, surrounded by police tape, drew a lot of interest from shoppers in Broadgate and the visual demonstrations proved a big hit with young children.
Students from the university demonstrated how they would go about assessing the crime scene.
Adele Heath, course leader for biological and forensic sciences, told CoventryLive: “We’ve had some of our first year students come in in their white suits. We teach them crime scene management and evidence recovery.
“This car has been dumped in the city centre this morning and the students have been processing it. They’ve been trying to get fingerprints from the car and they’ve been swabbing the inside for DNA.”
The faculty of health and life sciences at Coventry University runs a number of courses for students wanting to study forensic science.
“We really wanted to come down and give the people of Coventry an idea of what we can offer,” Adele said.
“We’ve got lots of different activities and lots of tutors that you can ask questions to about forensic science. Contact Crime scene cleanup Irving TX for more help.
“There’s fingerprinting and footwear marks, getting DNA from a strawberry, which the kids are loving, and a bit of chromatography you can do too.”
How a simple Bunsen burner trick could help catch a killer
Dr Alan Greenwood, course leader for analytical chemistry and forensic science, was on hand to demonstrate how a simple Bunsen burner test can help identify evidence in investigations and how a forensic officer would go about collecting evidence from the crime scene.
The Coventry University team will be giving demonstrations in Broadgate until 3pm today.
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Extracting DNA from a strawberry
Footprints at the mock crime scene
Pop up crime scene on Broadgate
Forensics students explained how to assess the abandoned car.
Crime writer Newton has compiled a reference for high school students, general readers, or, possibly crime writers looking for inspiration or information. Alphabetically arranged entries describe applications and techniques, including such topics as ballistics analysis, DNA identification, fingerprinting, forgery detection, forensic medicine, firearms identification, toxicology, and other tools of the investigator’s profession. Case histories are also included as demonstrative of investigative techniques as they are used in the field, and historical and biographical entries cover breakthroughs and pioneers in forensic science. The bibliography is fairly substantial, but is not arranged by subject. A glossary is included, and the volume is indexed.
Professors Anthony C. Ijeh and Kevin Curran are the co-editors of Crime Science and Digital Forensics: A Holistic View. Prof. Ijeh (a) has held faculty positions at the University of Buraimi in Oman and the American University in the Emirates, Dubai. His research and publications focus on the area of digital public goods as they apply to services in the private, public, and third sectors. Prof. Ijeh’s experience includes government and industry as well as academics. He was on the Microsoft Dynamics Academic Alliance Advisory Council for EMEA (a designation given to a set of conutries in Europe, the Middle East, and Africa for business purposes), reviewed articles for journals including Journal of Behavioral Health Services Research, and serves on the editorial board for various publications. As a former acting dean and program director, Prof. Ijeh has been widely recognized for his contributions to cyber security innovation by way of his publications and his awards from E-Synergy, Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers IEEE), Institute of Engineering and Technology (IET), and Royal Academy of Engineering (RAENG).
Prof. Curran (a) is the group leader of the Cyber Security/Web Technologies Research Group at Ulster University in Northern Ireland. He also serves on the advisory board of the UK Cyber Security Council and Northern Ireland Civil Service Cyber Leadership. Prof. Curran is recognized for his work on cyber security evidenced by over 800 publications. Furthermore, he has been interviewed as a technology expert more than 1,500 times by outlets including the BBC, ITV, Wired, South China Morning Post, CBC, CNN, Daily Mail, Sputnik News, NY Times, Huffington Post, Techcrunch, and many more.
Crime Science and Digital Forensics: A Holistic View is a collection of articles on digital forensics practices and crime scene investigative methods from the viewpoint of crime science. The book also features dialogue on information security techniques for protecting data from unauthorized access and manipulation. This volume comprises 12 chapters, organized in the three areas of crime science, digital forensics, and cyber security.
Part 1: Crime Science includes four chapters: (1) Unraveling the Notre Dame Cathedral Fire in Space and Time: An X-coherence Approach; (2) Using Gesture Recognition to Prevent Drowning: A Crime Science Perspective; (3) Modelling Criminal Investigation: Process, Quality and Requirements; and (4) Digital Investigation and the Trojan Defense, Revisited.
In Part 1, science/technology has been applied to the crime scene. In Chapter 1, the authors evaluate the methods for spatially and temporally classifying images ofthe Notre Dame Cathedral fire incident. The project shows the visualization of the dataset and creates a structured dataset by constructing aunified space so that the result of the inferred information is in a collective coherent system, which helps the investigation of the blaze incident. In Chapter 3, the authors apply scientific principles such as reliability and validity to scale the quality of a criminal investigation. The result demonstrates how the hypothetico-deductive approach gives tools and methodologies for exercising a reliable and valid investigation.
Part 2: Digital Forensics comprises the next four chapters: (5) Law Enforcement Agencies in Europe and the Use of Hacking Tools During Investigations: Some Legal Informatics, Civil Rights and Data Protection Issues; (6) Mobile Forensics–Tools, Techniques and Approach; (7) Digital Forensics of Cyber-Physical Systems and the Internet of Things; and (8) Social Media Crime Investigation and Forensic Analysis.
Chapter 6 discusses the exponential increase in digital evidence from numerous digital devices. The objective of the digital evidence process is to extract the pieces of evidence from the devices without any tampering. As such, guarding the integrity of mobile-device evidence is a significant concern. Many mobile apps store their enormous data on cloud storage, which causes another hurdle from the perspective of digital forensics. Mobile malware is another forensic challenge that may put evidence integrity at risk. Some anti-forensic tools are used for data hiding, and artifacts data wiping is used to distract from forensic investigation. As suggested in the chapter, it is very significant to comprehend that digital devices and OS vendors could come from different nations and therefore international collaboration is needed.