Matters requiring surveillance
Surveillance can be conducted as static observation of a person/s or place, or by following someone on foot or in a vehicle. One or more of these methods are often used in situations such as:-
> Infidelity matters
> Injury / illness related insurance claims
> Employee absenteeism
> Child activity and custody / access issues
> Staff fidelity situations
> Competitive business monitoring
The above list is by no means exhaustive. Please contact us for advice on whether surveillance would be a viable investigative method for your particular situation.
The information needed to conduct successful surveillance
Generally, the more information you are able to provide your investigator, the better the results achieved. Each situation is different and not all of the following information categories will necessarily be relevant for all matters. However, they will provide a basic outline of what is usually required.
1. The surveillance objective
You will need to fully describe what information you hope to obtain from the surveillance.
2. When the surveillance is to be conducted
We will require details of the day/s the surveillance is to be conducted and the starting time/s. If the surveillance is to be conducted between two specific time-frames, then the finishing times will be known. However, surveillance sometimes requires a change of focus as the matter progresses and we do appreciate (and can accommodate) altered finishing times.
3. The people involved
The details of the persons involved in your matter should include:-
6. Other relevant information
Please be as detailed as possible with any other information that could be relevant to your matter.
For example, to be able to conduct effective surveillance on a person with an injury / illness related claim we will need details of the type of injury / illness, including specific information about their capabilities - what they say they can and cannot do. The more specific you are able to be, the better we can target the video taken for these types of situations.
Download a PDF version of our:-
Surveillance Instruction Sheet
Download a Word version of our:-
Surveillance Instruction Sheet
Surveillance Fees & Charges
Some surveillance caveats
When using a highly skilled and experienced investigator, the vast majority of surveillance matters result in success.
However, conducting surveillance is far from an exact science and no investigator can give you a guarantee your surveillance matter will be successful. For example, mobile surveillance carries with it inherent obstacles such as the unpredictable nature of the surveillance subject’s driving style and no one can possibly predict what traffic conditions will be encountered, the weather, or many other unforeseen variables.
It is also important to note a licensed private investigator has no authority to disobey any traffic laws and cannot run red lights or speed with impunity.
When conducting mobile surveillance, the investigator must always maintain a viable balance between keeping close enough to the surveillance target to maintain visual contact, but also far enough away so that their actions are not potentially compromised. In very heavy traffic, we generally have to stay quite close to the target, whereas on say a freeway in reasonably light traffic, a far greater distance can be maintained and other vehicles used as "cover".
The reality of mobile surveillance is often quite far removed from that seen on TV and in the movies.
Using two or more surveillance personnel will definitely improve the odds for a successful outcome, but the trade off is the cost involved.