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April 3, 2020

Planning Surveillance

Whenever a client come to us to hire our services for surveillance, we want our clients to know that hiring a private investigator is not like hiring a plumber or getting your car serviced by a mechanic. If you hire a plumber or a mechanic, you may already have an idea of what they are going to do. But with an investigator, there’s some level of uncertainty on the process.

Having worked with thousands of clients in the past, from law firms to insurers, government agencies, multinational corporations, and high-profile individuals, we at Investigators Australia are fully aware that planning for surveillance is essential in the overall success of an operation.

In every investigation, we are going to deal with the unknown so it’s important that we carefully plan our strategies. We need to understand what is suspected and what’s not known so we will know exactly what we’re trying to uncover. It is only by reference to what’s known that we can figure out the best course of action.

We have some clients that are not keen on providing confidential and personal details needed for our investigation. But we actually need to know the full details in order to be successful with our operation. Sometimes, the reason why our investigation may lead to failure is because of the client’s lack of communication and their unwillingness to give full disclosure.

We would suggest doing your research before you get in touch with a private investigator. That way, you will know what to expect and you’ll feel comfortable in providing us with the information that we need for our surveillance.

For instance, logistical considerations will have a huge impact on the way the investigation has to be managed. Just take for instance an apartment block. We’ve conducted monitoring at apartment blocks several times before. In one of our surveillance, the apartment block has more than 5 entry points and exit points. If there’s no line of sight in between the exit points, it may be necessary for us to use five surveillance operatives.

But this will not be the case if the subject we are monitoring is living in a suburban location and living in a detached house. In this case, 1 or 2 operatives should be enough to handle the operation. But sometimes, even when the location is in a suburban area, there are still logistical challenges that we have to take into consideration, such as the neighbours, unsuitable terrains, and more.

In addition, the ease in which we would be able to identify the subject person that will be investigated will surely have a big impact on our surveillance plan. If we only have limited information about the subject, then this will surely make the job even more difficult. Are you aware that people generally can’t identify faces of strangers?

In our many years of experience in the field of surveillance, we have built a reputation as the leader in the industry. Thus, we should protect this reputation by seeking enough details to successfully carry out our operation. Without the relevant details, we cannot come up with a plan and provide an appropriate quotation.

When it comes to the matters of confidentiality, we would highly recommend our clients to take time to scroll through our website. It has all the relevant information about us as well as our services. If you still want to know more just go to Google and search Investigators Australia.

We really do not require our clients to provide us with all the details involved in the case. Just provide us with whatever details you already have. The more info you can share, the higher the chances of getting a positive outcome in our investigation.

Types of Surveillance

We provide several different types of surveillance, from the use of surveillance tools and electronics, physical observation, and conducting interviews to the involved parties.

There are a variety of ways to carry out surveillance, including the use of electronics,

  • Electronic

Using electronics is important for our job. This is how we would document the pieces of evidence that we have gathered from our surveillance work.

During surveillance, we use electronic devices such as radios, television, video recorder, and if needed, we may need to wiretap phone conversations. Sometimes, we will have to intercept emails.

  • Physical Observation

Physical surveillance happens when we need to physically monitor and follow the subject. Sometimes, we will use several agents for the job and will involve stakeouts and disguises.

  • Technical

Technical surveillance would require the need to use digital photography and sometimes audio and video recordings. Examples are the CCTV used by businesses, as well as dash cameras on vehicles.

  • Interviews

In order to gather more relevant information that can help us with the case, our investigators will also need to conduct interviews. This involves interviewing neighbours, family members, colleagues, etc.

Surveillance Methods

Aside from offering different modes of surveillance, we will also utilise different tactics to gather relevant information about the subject.

  • Mobile vs. Stationary

Mobile investigation will require that investigators follow their subjects, either on foot or in a car. However, a stationary investigation is the type of surveillance that will require the agent to stay in one location.

  • Overt vs. Covert

Overt investigation requires the use of CCTV cameras that businesses install in order to deter employees and clients from stealing. On the other hand, a covert investigation remains undetected, which is just like an undercover agent that’s following the subject.

  • Mechanical vs. Human

A mechanical investigation uses video cameras for investigation. It will also utilise other devices, such as voice recorders and other related equipment.

How Surveillance Works

  1. First, an investigator will discuss with the client to get to know him or her before delving into the subject.
  2. After a thorough discussion with the client, the investigator will start doing extensive research on the subject. These include obtaining the phone number, complete address, work location, etc.
  3. Then the investigator will study the area where the surveillance takes place. He will normally use maps and photos for this.
  4. Next, the investigator will decide on the type of equipment to use for the surveillance, such as dash cameras, video recorder, etc. He will prepare all the equipment needed before starting with the operation.
  5. Then the investigator will start with his surveillance while making sure that the subject won’t recognise him. They will avoid making eye contact with the subject and will make sure not to walk by the subject’s house multiple times.

During the course of the investigation, the investigator will make sure to take notes, especially of the important details such as date and time. He will need to report this to the client at the end of the investigation.

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