Over the past 5 years, forensic VMD has been totally transformed due to West Technology Forensics development of the systems and technique. There are many misconceptions and myths around VMD so to hopefully help dispel a few of them, here’s our top 20 questions we’re regularly asked; if you have any of your own, please […]
We recently received an enquiry regarding the effectiveness of the VMD process in developing grab marks on a pillow case to help identify if someone had been smothered. We decided to test the VMD process on a 100% cotton, old (used) white pillowcase that had been used to simulate “smothering” someone. The pillowcase was then processed […]
We regularly receive queries on whether VMD might be successful on certain exhibit types. Recently, we were asked whether a mobile phone would survive the VMD process (due to the levels of vacuum required for the process), and whether it would be worth trying VMD processing on this type of exhibit, given its complex structure […]
Visualisation of grab mark impressions on cotton/polyester fabric using silver/zinc Vacuum Metal Deposition – preliminary study Eleigh Brewer BSc Aim: To determine if the type of grab action can be differentiated by analysis of the grab mark impression. Background The visualisation of grab mark impressions has been previously studied (ref 1) and it was found […]
Aim: To test the VMD technique for its ability to develop fingermarks from spent cartridges and bullet casings. Natural and sebaceous marks to be deposited onto bullet/cartridge by a single donor and the bullet/cartridge fired after a set time period (< 5mins, 1 hour, 24 hours, 7 days, 28 days). Gold/Zinc (AuZn), Silver (Ag), […]
10th May 2017 – James Price During recent training with the New Zealand Police, one of their Forensic Scientist successfully developed a great print on a polystyrene cup using a gold/zinc + silver VMD process in their new VMD1260.
6th April 2017 – Ian Harris I recently used one of our VMD360 Latent Fingerprint Development systems to carry out an experiment in order to develop a mark on a sample of leather from a luggage label holder. I placed a natural mark on the leather and the next day developed the mark using Stirling […]
We often ask customers to list a range of problematic substrates that they struggle to develop good fingermarks on. Wood always seems to be high on the list. Here’s an example of good ridge detail developed using a Silver/Zinc VMD process
Here’s a quick update on our research project looking at the effectiveness of different VMD processes in developing fingerprints on the new BoE polymer £5. So far the Gold/Zinc vs Silver/Zinc results are pretty even. Stay tuned for the copper process results..!
Narcotics and money bundles are usually wrapped up in flexible plastic food wrap such as Clingfilm or Saran wrap. This can be particularly difficult to recover prints from, however, once again we have seen much success when processing with VMD. Here are some examples of a few substrates usually used for the packaging and […]