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A large study evaluation of evidence types containing offender fingerprints from recorded crimes in North Macedonia from 2005 to 2015

Sanchez, I., Keatley, D., Oklevski, S. and Speers, S.J.ORCID: 0000-0003-2027-2241 (2022) A large study evaluation of evidence types containing offender fingerprints from recorded crimes in North Macedonia from 2005 to 2015. Science & Justice, 62 (1). pp. 43-49.

Link to Published Version: https://doi.org/10.1016/j.scijus.2021.11.003
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Abstract

The Forensic Institute of the Republic of North Macedonia data set of 1,982 offender fingerprint identifications contributing to a conviction for crimes against property, was evaluated and analysed using contingency table statistical analysis techniques, chi-square test, fisher’s exact test and post hoc analysis. The data set was based on the forensic and court information available from 2005 to 2015 and pertained to the location, property type and evidence type. Interpretation of the data identified glass components, doors, windows, points of entry, cardboard and other packaging to be the most likely areas for locating offender fingerprints in non-residential and residential properties. In vehicle-based crimes, the front area (both left- and right-hand side) was the most likely to yield offender fingerprints.

This study reinforced the types of evidential items at property based crime scenes yielding offender fingerprints. In addition, the study seeks to provide recommendations for future data collection to enhance the data analysis and interpretation.

Item Type: Journal Article
Murdoch Affiliation(s): Law and Criminology
Publisher: Elsevier BV
Copyright: © 2021 The Chartered Society of Forensic Sciences.
URI: http://researchrepository.murdoch.edu.au/id/eprint/63109
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