With several years of experience in conducting forensic works, especially doing investigations and gathering pieces of evidence, our team of forensic experts at Investigators Australia will be happy to assist you in a wide range of investigative and legal cases. Whatever your legal needs are, we will work hard to achieve the results that you desire.
Whether your issue has something to do with harassment, stalking, identity theft, franchise fraud, and other matters, our experts will be able to provide you with timely legal service. In the many years that we’ve been in the business, we’ve already assisted a wide range of clients. From private individuals to businesses and government councils, we have helped them compile pieces of evidence for court presentation or simply for peace of mind.
We have dealt with all kinds of cases in varying contexts, from simple to the most complicated ones. Yet, there’s no case too big or too small for us. If you’re not sure whether to use our services or not, you can get in touch with us now for a free consultation.
We will help you understand the nature of our service and how we can help you with whatever situation you are in.
What is Stalking?
Stalking refers to the act of unwanted and repeated surveillance of an individual and makes the subject worry about his/her safety.
If someone is stalking you, he or she will be following you wherever you go and might even harass you during the process. In some cases, your stalker will bother you by making unwanted calls to your phone and might even end up trespassing in your house.
The legal definition of stalking will vary from one state to another, but all states have now imposed a reasonable law against this act.
Almost all unwanted contacts between the stalker and the victim that will indirectly or directly pose a threat on the victim and will cause him or her to worry will be classified as stalking, regardless of whether it has met the state’s legal definition of the act or not.
Dealing with Stalkers
There are different types of stalkers out there. It’s best to educate yourself on what these are so you will know how to cope whenever the situation arises.
Stalkers have different characters and personalities, but most of them are psychopaths. There are also those who are narcissists, schizoids, paranoids and some of them may have a combination of these. They could go as far as harassing their victims mainly because they feel lonely and they just want to have some fun. There are many reasons why a person ends up stalking another.
Clearly, the coping techniques that are suitable to one form of stalker might backfire or can be futile to the other. But the sole divisor on all forms of stalking is their introverted rage. Usually, the stalker is frustrated at his or her subjects and has feelings of hatred towards them. He finds the presence of the victim annoying and penalises the subject through stalking.
This way, they’re able to make the victim feel like they have no way out unless they remain obedient. When you bring this case to us, our private investigator will carry out the investigation immediately.
If an employee makes a complaint of harassment, the employer should immediately take proper action. This is to protect both parties involved. An investigation must be carried out immediately. Harassment complaints require a rapid response in order to gather important pieces of evidence and information.
Private investigators can help employees and employers identify and resolve internal issues in the company before they become widespread and tarnish the company’s reputation.
Employers should know that every complaint could result in a lawsuit. Thus, they should be able to investigate the case in a manner that can be presented to the court of law, when needed. Investigations can be really disruptive, but they must be thorough, prompt, and effective.
Below are the steps that employers must undertake the moment they receive a complaint.
- Guarantee Confidentiality
The employer should be able to protect the employee’s privacy and maintain confidentiality during the entire course of the investigation. Furthermore, the employer should be able to conduct an effective and prompt investigation of the case.
It’s important for the employer to inform the complainant and everyone involved in the investigation that all of the information gathered during the investigation will be kept confidential. The employer must also explain that in order to carry out an effective investigation of the matter, some information might have to be revealed to the accused and the potential witnesses.
However, such information will only be shared as “need to know.” Above all, the employer should refrain from promising absolute confidentiality to anyone involved in the case.
- Offer Interim Protection
One of the most important things to consider during the investigation is the need to carry out immediate measures to protect the victim and the accuser.
It may be necessary to separate the accuser from the victim to avoid retaliation or continued harassment. This may require a change of schedule or transfer of department.
The victim and the employer should work together to come up with a solution that’s favourable to both parties. Employers may want to consider seeking legal advice before making a decision.
- Hire an Investigator
When the time comes that you need to hire an investigator, make sure you look for someone who has the following:
- Ability to objectively investigate without any bias.
- The investigator must not be related to any of the involved parties. Whatever the result of the investigation, the investigator should not benefit from any of it.
- Have investigative and working knowledge about employment laws.
- Strong interpersonal skills and the ability to establish rapport with the parties involved during the investigation.
- Careful attention to detail.
- Possess the right temperament to carry out interviews.
Aside from the things mentioned, it’s important to choose an investigator who can maintain confidentiality and is well respected in the organisation.
Above all, he should be able to act as a credible witness in the court, if needed.