January 19th, 2022 @ 11:00 AM (ET)
In the U.S, there are 287 million vehicles registered on the road, equating to roughly 872 vehicles per 1000 people. Similarly, in Great Britain, there are 39 million licensed vehicles, equating to roughly 600 vehicles per 1000 people. Vehicles are intrinsically linked to our way of life and are rarely found far from their owners, with infrastructure designed around their heavy use. Therefore, identifying the vehicle that the subject of an investigation owns, has access to, or is in possession of, can provide valuable insight into their current location.
February 16th, 2022 @ 11:00 AM (ET)
Multimedia instant messaging apps enable people to share pictures and videos with their social networks around the globe. Some multimedia instant messaging apps incorporate a feature that enables users to share content that self-destructs after a short period of time, making it inaccessible to recipients after this period.
Self-destructing messages have afforded criminals an opportunity to advertise illicit goods for sale, like drugs and weapons, in a way that limits detection by law enforcement agencies. Billions of multimedia messages are sent via these services each day, with many available for public consumption.
March 16th, 2022 @ 11:00 AM (ET)
Geospatial platforms enable investigators to research and map locations that are linked with criminality. Geospatial platforms can be used to view buildings, track the movement of criminals, calculate the distance between offenses, and identify crime hotspots.
April 13th, 2022 @ 11:00 AM (ET)
The internet provides a multitude of sources of publicly available information about businesses. Utilizing public directories, social media, historic data, and news articles, an investigator can establish a detailed background of a business and its employees.
Business focussed investigations have proven vital to the prevention of crime, enabling research into businesses committing serious fraud and those being used as a front for organized crime.
May 25th, 2022 @ 1:00 PM (ET)
Browser-based instant messaging apps provide users with end-to-end encrypted video calling, messaging, and file-sharing features. Browser-based instant messaging apps have been utilized by the criminal underworld to facilitate crimes, including terrorism, hacking, and the trade of stolen and illicit goods and services.
Utilizing these platforms, investigators can research criminal groups, examine their messages, and evidentially capture their message history.
June 15th, 2022 @ 1:00 PM (ET)
Social news aggregation and discussion websites enable users to share and discuss content relating to any topic. Whilst the majority of content is legitimate and there are rules and moderators in place to control the content, these platforms have been used by criminals to share criminal techniques and discuss previous criminality.
Investigations on social news aggregation sites enable investigators to detect emerging risks and to research subjects and their criminal methods.