Investigation, Investigations, Investigate
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Investigation covers a wide field of endeavours. A private investigator may specialise in surveillance, factual investigation or research (such as skip tracing and backgrounds), they may also do a combination of all three.
Some of our operatives are exceptionally gifted in surveillance, this 'knack' cannot be taught even though the basics can. A good private investigator surveillance operative usually has a mix of confidence, patience, and a dash of 'more front than a rat with a gold tooth'. They know their equipment, and how to use it to best effect, including under adverse conditions. a good briefing from the client will always assist a surveillance investigation, the investigator often has to use 'fuzzy logic' when setting up the surveillance; knowing something of the subjects behaviour, or expected actions, can assist in this. Private investigator surveillance is legal, when done correctly; the evidence obtained can be used for court, or a tribunal. Surveillance investigations are used for Workcover surveillance, HR investigations into allegations of corruption, criminal behaviour or inappropriate relationships, criminal activity and civil breach investigations, child custody and family law investigations, divorce property settlement inquiries, and relationship suspicion ( a suspected affair, infidelity.
Fraud investigations require a different skill set and knowledge base to surveillance. Some of our investigators are former 'old school' police, where the art of investigation was taught on very long courses, to those deemed to have the potential. Some of our investigators are certified fraud specialists, with training in corporate crime. A private investigator who is skilled in interviews, following paper trails and working with solicitors on things such as Anton Piller search warrants (civil search warrant). Fraud investigations are often long and drawn out, they are not, after the initial flurry of searches and caveats, a race as much as a steady progression of painful research and compilation of briefs, these are often a HR investigation into allegations, or generated as a result of accounting discrepancies. When you need a private investigator for a fraud investigation, call us.
Workcover and insurance investigation is a 'bread and butter' area of the investigation industry. It is not the highest paying work, but it is steady, as people cannot resist the urge to 'improve' their position in life at the expense of others; some do not see a false claim as fraud, but rather a victimless crime. Nothing could be further from the truth. Workcover fraud costs the business, the owners, in both the short term and long term. They not only see a loss of productivity, but an increase in their insurance premium based on their history of claims. This cost has to be paid by someone, so is either absorbed, meaning there is less 'free' money in the business (profit) or there are less employees in the business (cost reduction). Few are able to pass on the cost to customers, as increased prices make them less competitive.
Factual investigation, talking to people, gathering affidavits (statements), taking scene footage and still pictures, taking possession of evidence for examination, these are actions that should be taken early in an investigation, if possible. Memories fade, scenes change, evidence is lost over time, if we investigate early, we can preserve those memories as affidavits, for a future court action. This is true for Workcover investigations, insurance investigations, traffic accidents, future divorce property settlements, and many other incidents which have the potential for court or tribunal action. Unfortunately, when you rely on an insurance company, the investigation may occur years after the event, when they realise a court case is approaching; being proactive in gathering and preserving evidence, getting the investigation done early, may protect your position, and assist any future court decision.
There are many other areas of investigation, such as child custody disputes, divorce property settlements, suspected affairs and infidelity or searching for lost relatives. We have experience in all these fields. When you need a private investigator, to investigate, contact us for a free quote.