COVID-19 Protective Gear Vs Crime and Identification

There is need for Criminal Investigators to upgrade the game in light of Covid-19.

Crime incidents have increased during lock down and curfew hours in various countries.

What is emerging to be a challenge for crime fighters, like LY Detectives Agency, is the increasing use of gloves and face masks.

Fraud Examination And RedesignsAs a detective, I see a problem that needs to be addressed before we lose the war against crime.

Before COVID-19, some criminal perpetrators did not understand the use of face masks and gloves in their operations. I bet some still don’t… This made identification and referencing a bit easy with the correct database.

I will not delve into the hows on gloves and masks on this article. Instead, I will offer some suggestions on how crime can still be fought and positive identifications made in the absence of CCTV and FINGERPRINTS

Did you know that there are other options available to make positive identification?

Take EAR MARKS for example.

Ear marks are unique to each individual. The subject on this is still open for debate but while the debate continues, crime fighters should start making databases for this.

When one wears their masks correctly to cover their nose and chin, there is a high likelihood that the ears remain uncovered (sometimes with a little distortion if not adorned properly).

The mask covers almost your entire face and soon there will be masks that cover entire heads. Regulation on masks and style is still a long way to come for most governments.

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When dusting surfaces for prints, it is important for the scene examiner to lift including other marks that may include EAR MARKS. This can be put in a database as investigations continue and a further analysis done on the same.

Other ways of identifying the perpetrators in such instances would include the movements captured by CCTV, body posture, Clothing, Eyes and even signs used during the perpetration among others

The little efforts we make as crime fighters will go a long way as the MO changes.

It is our duty to adapt as the world changes right in front of us.

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Credit Card Loss Protection And Online Scams Advisory- Kenya

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If your credit/debit card is lost or stolen, it can certainly be inconvenient. But beware of crooks that use scare tactics and false information to sell protection that consumers don’t really need.

Stay safe. Be Informed.
  • Know your rights. Under Kenyan law, you’re not responsible for any charges if you report your card missing before someone else has used it, and you are not liable for more than Ksh. 3000 if it has been used, as long as you report the problem promptly.
  • Your credit card issuer may offer extra protection for free. Most card issuers have voluntary policies to remove unauthorized charges completely if consumers report them as soon as they discover them. If you’re not sure what your issuer’s policy is, ask your bank.
  • Watch out for imposters. Someone may claim to be connected with your credit card issuer and ask to “verify” your account number to make sure you’re protected. Your real credit card issuer doesn’t need your account number; it already has it.
  • Protect yourself against credit card fraud. Don’t leave your card lying around your home or office where others can see it, and don’t lend it to anyone. If you want someone else to be authorized to use your account, make those arrangements through your card issuer. Only give your credit card number when you are actually making a purchase.
  • Check your credit card bills carefully as soon as you receive them. Follow the instructions on your bill for questioning or disputing charges. Don’t send a note with your payment, since a separate department usually handles disputes. Make copies of any forms or letters that you send your credit card issuer about the dispute, and be sure to pay the rest of your bill on time.
  • Be prepared in case your card is lost or stolen. Keep a file with your credit card issuer’s name and telephone number and your account number. Have this separate from your purse or wallet in case it’s stolen, too.

If you believe you are a victim of an Internet scam,

  • Do not send money. Unfortunately, any money that you might already have sent will probably not be recovered.
  • End all communication with the scammer immediately, rather than attempt resolution directly. If you feel threatened, contact your nearest police at once.  Do NOT attempt to personally recover the funds lost.  Contact the appropriate authorities to resolve the matter
  • Report the matter immediately to The Internet Crime Complaint Center.
  • If the scam originated through a particular website, notify the administrators of that website.