Month: July 2018

An Overview of Forensic Blood Analysis

Detecting and identifying bodily fluids at a crime scene is an important part of forensic analysis and can give people an understanding of the events that may have played out during the crime. The presence of body fluids and their location and DNA profile can be used as a part of the investigation and will often result in a conviction.

Body fluid analysis is a complex thing, and while there are numerous techniques that can be used, none are perfect. Alternative Light Sources are one tool that is often used to help people to find stains that may otherwise go unnoticed. This technique can flag up invisible or ambiguous stains and is useful for revealing stains that someone has tried to cover up, for example by wiping the area clean or painting over it. Unfortunately, ALS analysis does not clearly differentiate between certain types of body fluid, and therefore it is not a perfect technique for identifying body fluids, but it is still useful because once the potential evidence is discovered, there are presumptive tests that can be done to determine what the fluids are. If these tests are able to identify what a stain is, then the next step is confirmatory analysis and DNA analysis. Since these tests can be destructive it is important to take care to ensure that there is enough of the substance left to perform multiple analysis.

Analysing Blood

The most commonly found body fluid of interest at the average crime scene is blood. It is primarily made up of water and blood cells, and there are also metabolites, hormones and glucose in the fluid. The importance of blood in a forensic context means that there are numerous techniques used to identify it.

Presumptive Tests

Luminol is perhaps the most well-known presumptive test, and … Read More

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5 Important Estate-Agency Marketing Predictions

Marketing has undergone some major changes, and how fast things have changed is regarded as mind-blowing. It was only a decade ago when Rightmove listed under 10% of the properties up for sale, and YouTube was still a baby, while Mark Zuckerberg was attempting to launch his latest idea known as Facebook.

Fast forwarding to today’s world and not many people would have predicted how popular social media would become along with live streaming and pay-per-click. Where you aware that when you initially launched your own agency that becoming a marketer would become just as or even more important in comparison to selling houses?

Below are my 5 predictions when it comes to estate-agent marketing for 2019:

1. The agents will start to measure ROI more closely when it comes to marketing activities.

Where the agents once claimed “brand awareness” as a goal in most of their marketing campaigns. They are starting to realise that the returns on investments are only measurable when it comes to marketing which incites responses. Whether these responses involve opt-in to email lists, attendance to events or signing up to independent sites such as instead of outsourcing work, agents are now able to attach values to responses which enable a way to assess whether the campaign was successful or not.

2. Property marketing will start to become a lot more experiential, with improved drone footage, virtual reality and high-quality videos.

Property marketing has revolutionised over the past 5 years, along with 360’ tours and professional photography now starting to become the standard when it comes to premium properties. Now more than ever, more agents will start to use property marketing in order to demonstrate superior marketing and differentiation abilities to their potential clients. Added services such as twilight photography, home staging, along with drone … Read More

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How to Design an Office According to Health & Safety Guidelines

In most cases, typical office workers spend about forty hours every week at their workplaces. As a result, it is essential that the workplace is both safe and comfortable for everyone. The employer, in particular, has a huge responsibility towards his or her workers to ensure that health and safety standards are in place so that they are all safe and the workspace is hygienic and free of any hazards.

When it comes to design the interior of offices, the overall aesthetics and design is very important to most employers, however, it is essential that good health and safety standards are also employed. In this article, we have a list of a few health and safety factors that need to be adhered to, whenever an office is being designed to ensure it is compliant.

Health & Safety – The Responsibility of the Employer

There is a health and safety act that was passed in 1974 and the gist of it is that all employers have a duty towards all their employees to provide a work environment that is practical, safe and healthy to a reasonable degree. This means that the employer has to guarantee their safety by having certain systems in place and ensure that the workplace is free from health risks while providing proper training and storage of substances in the workplace. They also need to ensure that the workplace is regularly maintained and there are no risks to the health of their employees. This can be done by employing professional property management teams, the likes of Curchod & Co to maintain and improve the security of the employers as well as the building.

In order to determine current health and safety risks, a risk assessment needs to be done in order to find any fire or risk hazards … Read More

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