Private investigators – why you can’t believe everything you read

As professional private detectives we know that there’s a lot of misinformation about the work of private investigators. A recent example is an article in the Daily Mail about how private investigators are doing less and less work around infidelity. There are several major flaws in the article including the fact that marital problem work has rarely been central to the workflow of a professional private detective agency – it’s a specialised area that requires dedicated teams of investigators who work both online and in person, who are experienced in surveillance and who have the tact and diplomacy to ensure Continue reading



What makes a good private detective?

Sometimes it seems that there are as many private detectives in cases as solving them! Regulation as a private investigator varies from country to country and in America in particular there always seems to be some private detective who is in court for some kind of misdemeanour. Why does this happen? Often it comes about because there is a gap between the claims made by the detective agency and the reality. In many cases there is very little concrete experience underpinning the establishment of a private detective agency – while individuals have to pass IQ Level 3 Award for Professional Continue reading



When it’s best left to a professional private detective

It’s our experience that most people think that they are capable of being a private detective, just as most people think they could write a novel, if they tried! However, working as a private investigator requires a blend of professional skills and hard-won experience that it often takes decades to develop and we’ve recently read about a couple of cases where we can see that a professional should have been hired from the beginning! Amateur PI nearly ends up in prison Chris May was a training to be a private detective, through taking online classes, when a friend put him Continue reading



How to chose the right private detective

We know it’s difficult to accept that there may be a problem in your life – whether it’s a business matter, a family member acting oddly or even the disappearance of a relative or friend. Even more difficult is finding the right private detective to help you discover the truth. Our team of highly-trained private investigators generally have backgrounds in either the military or police service and often possess specific skills such as surveillance training, social media expertise or the ability conduct a forensic examination of company finances. It’s not the same worldwide though. In India, Rajani Pandit, who is Continue reading



Who hires a private detective?

Most people can never imagine needing to hire a private detective and yet it’s an increasingly common part of everyday life. And this month we’re looking at a few of these private detective cases to see why people opt for a private investigator. Private detective team to help burgled businessman A businessman in Lanarkshire who took his family on holiday to get some winter sun was burgled to the tune of five figures. The family whose house was burgled lost jewellery and other personal possessions after a door was smashed and the CCTV system compromised. The man in question said Continue reading



The global growth of Cyber Crime

A small business in Christchurch, New Zealand, is just the latest victim of a growing area of crime – the ‘cyber inside job’. While many organisations recognise the risk from outside attacks such as hacking and fraud, few are as well aware of the risks that arise from cyber sabotage or cyber blackmail. Cyber sabotage This crime results from a member of staff being disciplined or sacked, or sometimes simply passed over for a promotion or bonus. People have been known to wipe the data from a whole organisation, damage computers or attempt unauthorised computer access remotely to damage the Continue reading



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Private Detectives and Child Welfare

Who is my ex dating and how do they treat my children? Increasingly we see that our trained private detectives are being hired to investigate child welfare and assist families who are involved in child custody cases. It can be stressful to think about the fact that your ex-partner is in a new relationship and your children are being cared for by somebody you don’t know whose background is a mystery to you. Our investigatory teams have developed special skills that allow them to explore the history of new people in your ex’s life and provide you with a complete Continue reading



Cybercrime and Cheating Partners

In December 2016 Yahoo revealed that hackers stole data from more than 1 billion user accounts back in August 2013. It’s one of the biggest data breaches in the history of cybercrime and it follows on a similar announcement that in 2014, data from 500 million accounts was stolen. Even the worst mathematician can add that up and discover that more than 1.5 billion yahoo-based emails have been hacked in the past three years. What went missing? Names, addresses, email addresses, telephone numbers and dates of birth. Yahoo says that credit card details and bank account information were not taken, Continue reading



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Corporate criminal responsibility – how private detectives can help

There’s been an increasing focus on company bosses, from Sir Philip Green’s knighthood being questioned to The Director of the Serious Fraud Office, David Green CB QC, calling for corporate criminal responsibility and a new corporate offence of ‘failing to prevent economic crime’ in 2014. As a result, many companies are calling for more support in assessing whether they may be liable for any corporate misdemeanours undertaken by employees. There’s a real concern on two levels: Due diligence – employers are increasingly concerned to ensure their staff have the qualifications they claim, and even to be sure that they are Continue reading



Fraud, cyber-fraud and the private detective

We all know about fraud these days. From Nigerian scammers to those bogus calls from the police claiming that fraudsters are hacking into our bank accounts, most of us are aware that our savings and our actual identities are at risk. Knowing how to protect ourselves against cyber-fraud is something else entirely. Protection against fraud Business is the biggest target for cyber fraud, although most of the stories we hear about are the tales of individual loss. Why? Because no business wants to admit it’s been scammed and because insurance companies often require businesses to remain silent about losses. But Continue reading