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    This article has warnings that removing fingerprints won't help you commit a crime and get away with it. But there may be times when DNA is not left at a crime scene which would make not leaving any fingerprints a big plus.

    Step 1 - I don't believe fingerprints can bleed through latex gloves. I've never heard of such a thing.

    Step 2 - Super glue sounds good if no one checks your fingers before it wares off.

    Step 3 - Sounds like more trouble than most criminals are willing to go to.

    Step 4 - Sanding fingerprints off is very painful. Not something I would be willing to do.

    Step 5 - Sounds like a real act of desperation. Also, not something I would ever be willing to do.

    I've seen cases in the movies ware they have been burned off or cut off. I think doing the time for your crime might be more appealing. In any event if your know of a way that works better or have a story to tell about removing fingerprints please add your two bits.

    Removing your fingerprints is not a way to avoid being caught for a crime anymore since DNA is now so accurate and can be obtained from almost anything. Knowing how to remove fingerprints though can be entertaining.

    Things You Will Need

    Gloves

    Superglue

    Liquid latex

    Scalpel or exacto knife

    Sandpaper or pumice stone

    Capecitabine

    Step 1

    Wear gloves. This is probably the most common fingerprint removal method.

    Your fingerprint can bleed through latex gloves, especially newer brands which are very thin to allow doctors, nurses, etc. to retain their sense of touch. Thicker gloves aren't much better when used to remove fingerprints. Most will develop a distinguishing cracking pattern as they break-in around your hand. This can still be traced.

    Step 2

    Use super glue across the fingertip.

    For a fingerprint to be identified a certain number of points need to match between the fingerprints(in the US there is no set number though most analysts have their own number). Super glue can disrupt the points and make the fingerprint look different or at least unidentifiable. Removing the glue can be difficult but will happen gradually as your fingers shed dead skin.

    Step 3

    Make a latex copy of your fingerprints.

    Dissect the pieces of the latex copy and re-glue them using superglue to your real fingertip out of order. This will give you a fingerprint that appears real, but will not match your own when removed.

    Step 4

    Sand fingerprints off using sandpaper or a pumice stone.

    This can be a little painful for some, but you will mostly be scraping off dead skin cells. Many will not feel any pain at all from this.

    Step 5

    Use Capecitabine for removing fingerprints.

    Capecitabine is used as a cancer treatment for breast cancer as well as various other cancers. The side effects include inflammation of the palms and this can cause skin to crack and peel. Ulcers and blisters are also common from Capecitabine, which can make a fingerprint unidentifiable. This can take quite a while though as the peeling is only layer by layer and will eventually remove fingerprints.

    Tips & Warnings

    Again, this is not a way to hide from a crime. Your DNA will still be present with all these methods, your print will just be gone.

    How to Remove Fingerprints from Fingers - InfoBarrel



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    LOL, come work labels with me tonight!

    We have a clock that you finger swipe to sign in on. Going in is not usually a problem. My right index finger is the main one on file.
    Clocking out, I almost always have to use my alternate left index finger because in the course of an eight hour shift I literally wear the fingerprints off my hands, more so the right hand. My boss suggested we clock another finger so I showed him both hands at the end of my shift

    Which one? They're all pretty worn by the end of the night.

    When the clock won't accept my finger scan, I just have a manager do a manual over ride. When I first started doing this job, 7 1/2 years ago, my fingers would sometimes literally bleed... I kid you not.

    LOL, I have job security but it comes with a price.


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    What job do wear down your fingerprint and require biometric security? 0_0
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    Quote Originally Posted by scheherazade View Post
    LOL, come work labels with me tonight!

    We have a clock that you finger swipe to sign in on. Going in is not usually a problem. My right index finger is the main one on file.
    Clocking out, I almost always have to use my alternate left index finger because in the course of an eight hour shift I literally wear the fingerprints off my hands, more so the right hand. My boss suggested we clock another finger so I showed him both hands at the end of my shift

    Which one? They're all pretty worn by the end of the night.

    When the clock won't accept my finger scan, I just have a manager do a manual over ride. When I first started doing this job, 7 1/2 years ago, my fingers would sometimes literally bleed... I kid you not.

    LOL, I have job security but it comes with a price.
    As I understand forensics the scar patterns you leave behind can also convict you. You have to eliminate anything that can identify you. So calluses and scars have to go. But perhaps your hands are toughened enough that a good sandpapering wouldn't hurt so much.
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    Quote Originally Posted by arKane View Post
    Quote Originally Posted by scheherazade View Post
    LOL, come work labels with me tonight!

    We have a clock that you finger swipe to sign in on. Going in is not usually a problem. My right index finger is the main one on file.
    Clocking out, I almost always have to use my alternate left index finger because in the course of an eight hour shift I literally wear the fingerprints off my hands, more so the right hand. My boss suggested we clock another finger so I showed him both hands at the end of my shift

    Which one? They're all pretty worn by the end of the night.

    When the clock won't accept my finger scan, I just have a manager do a manual over ride. When I first started doing this job, 7 1/2 years ago, my fingers would sometimes literally bleed... I kid you not.

    LOL, I have job security but it comes with a price.
    As I understand forensics the scar patterns you leave behind can also convict you. You have to eliminate anything that can identify you. So calluses and scars have to go. But perhaps your hands are toughened enough that a good sandpapering wouldn't hurt so much.
    I am of hardy Teutonic stock, thick hide to go with my thick skull. As for leaving little evidence of one's presence, we learn such things in bush survival skills. The trail I leave is where I want you to think I have been...

    Pay attention to which way the air is moving...even indoors.

    Forensic science is always an interesting topic, arKane.
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    Quote Originally Posted by scheherazade View Post

    Forensic science is always an interesting topic, arKane.
    Yes it is, and how some people try to beat the damning forensic evidence can be also.
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    Feed your fingerprints to hogs.
    You might also ask a swimmers perspective on how they avoid leaving their fingerprints on the water.
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    I just had a thought about get printed by the cops and having no prints, wouldn't that make just a little bit suspicous than you'd done something bad, and before you know they have you down for half the open crimes on their books.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Ascended View Post
    I just had a thought about get printed by the cops and having no prints, wouldn't that make just a little bit suspicious than you'd done something bad, and before you know they have you down for half the open crimes on their books.
    If you actually get caught in the act of criminal activity, not having prints won't help you very much. However, they won't be able to prosecute you without some proof other than you have no prints, so you must be guilty of something.
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    Hey do you think it's possible to make new ones?, that would mean not even suspicion even if you were arrested.
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    Jobs which tend to wear away fingerprints.

    What are some other ways that fingerprints can disappear?
    • bricklayers who wear down ridges on their prints handling heavy, rough materials frequently
    • people who work with lime [calcium oxide] - because it's really basic and dissolves the top layers of the skin. The fingerprints tend to grow back over time.
    • surprisingly, secretaries - because they deal with paper all day. The constant handling of paper tends to wear down the ridge detail.
    • also, the elasticity of skin decreases with age, so a lot of senior citizens have prints that are difficult to capture. The ridges get thicker; the height between the top of the ridge and the bottom of the furrow gets narrow, so there's less prominence. So if there's any pressure at all [on the scanner], the print just tends to smear.
    Note about the senior citizens. I checked out my ridge detail with a magnifying glass, and it's true, I have very little ridge detail. I would think a single coat of super glue and a very fine sandpaper would smooth them right out.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Ascended View Post
    Hey do you think it's possible to make new ones?, that would mean not even suspicion even if you were arrested.
    Are you talking about using surgery to skin graft new fingerprints? That sounds promising if you could get a good surgeon to do it for you.
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    There was a mythbusters episode on fingerprints and print scanners. Might be worth watching.

    To make new fingerprints, you have several options:

    -Go buffalo bill style and skin someone's hands and make a pair of gloves. Gross.
    -Make a pair of false finger print latex finger caps. This can be fun if you want a longer nose, too.
    -Don't do things that would require you to worry about your fingerprints. I like this one the best.
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    What about instead of replacing or removing your fingerprints with other fingerprints, you replace your fingerprints with animal prints?

    Like leaving hoof prints leading away from a crime scene or paw prints all over the cash register.

    That outta really through the investigators for a loop.

    "In the News, tonight, a baffling bank robbery has local police looking for public assistance in tracking down a robbery suspect.
    Below is a police sketch of what the suspect probably looks like:"

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    The best way to avoid leaving fingerprints at a crime scene is to chop off your fingers. This would also aid in not being able to commit a crime and will give you a great alibi if you still end up accused.
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