Beckham and private detectives

Private detectives find themselves undertaking all kinds of strange cases, and this month we’re looking at two where the names alone made us look twice. The first is the case of a footballer called Beckham. But it’s not David – it’s Odell. The New York Giants signed him for a five year extension contract worth $90 millions, making him the highest paid wide receiver in American football. So far so good, but what’s it got to do with private detectives? Well, one NFL team, knowing that Odell Beckham was up for grabs, hired a private detective to follow him around. Continue reading



New crimes require new techniques

Private Detectives are constantly being challenged by new forms of illegal activity – from phishing to vishing, from cyber espionage to ghosting, there are many opportunities for people to be fleeced, coerced or trapped into problems. There’s a major new area of due diligence following the #MeToo phenomenon which actually bankrupted Harvey Weinstein and has recently seen the founder of Wynn Resorts in the USA forced out of his company plunged the company’s stocks off a cliff. Large organisations and venture capitalists in particular are turning to private investigators to examine the CVS, and backgrounds, of potential employees … and Continue reading



Private detectives and strange quests

Sometimes private detectives get hired for the most unusual cases … and this is one of the most interesting we’ve heard about for a long time. What makes it so fascinating is that the private investigators in this case already knew pretty well everything about the sad situation. Back in 1997 Mark Blackburn, a blackjack dealer, died in a strange accident – he’d been making a home-made explosive device to blow tree roots out of the ground on a plot of desert he owned, but the device went off in the back of his car, killing him. The police, alerted Continue reading



Private Investigators help families gain new information

Two stories this week that highlight just how important it can be to have your own private detective investigating a situation that appears less than straightforward. For example, the death of Ivana Smit in Malaysia has been considered an accident, but when her family engaged a British private detective he was able to unearth new surveillance camera footage that revealed the eighteen-year-old model being carried out of a nightclub by an American man. The footage is significant because while the police know that Ivana has been in the company of an American couple before her death, there was no evidence Continue reading



Police use private investigators to solve serious crimes

In two very different stories, it’s been revealed that private investigators and private detectives are being used to help solve major cases. In the UK, the Thames Valley Police is ‘replacing’ detectives working on sex crimes with investigators hired from a private company. While this might look dubious at first glance, it is actually a very smart move. All the private investigators who are being hired in have a background with the police and will be focusing their attention on specific areas where they have substantial experience. For those experiencing a sexual attack, one of the most difficult aspects of Continue reading



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