Corporate Investigations

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Trust is essential within any business, and with more and more employees abusing their employers trust, it is no surprise that an increasing number of company’s and businesses are looking to hire private investigators for background research and further, more detailed reports. Company’s have an obligation to ensure that their employees are who they claim to be and also to ensure that their business partners and suppliers can be trusted. There is concern amongst CEO’s that as heads of corporations, they could be held accountable for corporate offences undertaken by employee’s, and this has led to a large increase in the number of private investigators hired.

Corporate responsibility covers two areas:

Due diligence

Employers need to be certain that their employees are working legally and have any required documentation, legally. This includes qualifications and registrations with relevant governing bodies, as well as ‘right to work’ documentation and checks. Companies need to also ensure that their employees are who they claim to be and have relevant CRB checks where needed. With an increasing number of fake qualifications and other forms of documentation available, it is more important than ever to conduct background checks. Many companies are using private investigators to undergo this legwork and, hiring them to check CV’s and the background of potential employees.

International working

With the increasing benefits of globalization, many large and medium sized companies have links with overseas suppliers, manufacturers or branches. The risk with this international aspect of business is the inability to meet your partners on a regular basis, face to face. With the increased distance comes an increased risk to your company in terms of links to corruption, overcharging, illegal working conditions and even tax dodging or smuggling. Hiring a private investigator has become a popular method for some companies to avoid the fate of being tarred with this kind of activity and private investigators have been able to conduct research and surveillance to ensure the safety and reputation of their client.

If your business would benefit by hiring a private investigator, contact us today.

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Private Investigations for Businesses

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Money laundering and corruption are not restricted to the CEO’s of large corporations or FIFA. It is something that costs billions to business every year and since the Criminal Finances Bill was introduced for discussion as a potential amendment to the Proceeds of Crime Act 2002, in November 2016, it would seem that politicians and the public are looking for companies to be held accountable. This is a potentially major legal development in terms of corporate liability and could cost guilty company’s a lot of money, easily offsetting the cost of hiring a private investigator.

What would companies be liable for?

The bill would expand corporate liability to include:

Making it a criminal offense for corporations who fail to prevent their staff from indulging in or assisting tax evasion.

Provide the National Crime Agency (NCA) with more investigatory powers, while also using the Suspicious Activity Reports (SARs) to focus on companies that are involved in money laundering.

Enhancing the ability of courts and law enforcement agencies to claim criminal assets, especially in cases of grand corruption.

What would this mean for businesses?

A company or business could for example be held accountable for tax evasion if there were not reasonable actions in place to prevent tax evasion by employees, subsidiaries or agents.

How can private investigation help?

Businesses will need to be sure that their employees are trustworthy, honest and reliable. A private investigator can be used at all stages of the employment cycle, from providing in depth and detailed background checks on potential new employees, to  providing the evidence your company needs to fire and prosecute those employees who are potentially breaking the law. Private investigators have access to a range of resources and techniques that are perfect for using within business situations, including surveillance, vehicle tracking and under-cover work.

In summary

If businesses are to take their role seriously in preventing financial crimes, hiring a private investigator is the most effective way to go about this, catching criminals in the act, providing legally usable evidence and protecting the companies reputation and finances.

High tech private investigation solutions

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With more and more people relying on the Internet and other technology to conduct business as well as their personal affairs, mobile and high tech surveillance for private investigation has never been more productive and efficient. So, what exactly are these techniques and what do they entail?

High tech private investigation relies on either using technology to locate or prove a person’s location, or finding information about the individual from a piece of technology they may use, but is this legal? Well, clearly tapping into people’s phone conversations and hacking emails and smartphones is not legal. Any private investigator you hire will need to be sure they are operating within the law at all times, and be able to make sure their evidence is collected lawfully, especially when it comes to high tech surveillance issues.

Having said that, it may be difficult to think of exactly how private investigators can use technology legally, but actually there are a range of options we can offer including:

Phone services

Searching a specialist database, we have access to mobile phone numbers, private land line phone numbers, and business phone numbers. This information can identify who a particular phone number belongs to and any other phones that are registered to the same person, and so is especially useful in cases of matrimonial investigations and general surveillance.

Vehicle tracking

With GPS we are able to monitor a vehicles whereabouts 24 hours a day, providing in depth, full, reports on journeys undertaken, locations visited and time spent. This is particularly helpful for commercial businesses with fleets of cars and drivers as well as of course domestic surveillance.

Covert cameras

Covert audio and video recordings taken from small cameras and microphones can be used to provide evidence of conversations and actions of the person under surveillance. This is perfect for both commercial and domestic investigations.

In summary

High tech private investigation techniques need to be within the law and can include solutions such as phone tracing, GPS tracking and covert recording techniques. To find out how our private investigators could help you, contact us today.

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Surveillance Private investigators

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Integral to any private investigation is surveillance. The ability and capability to track and monitor a person’s whereabouts or activities without being discovered is essential to present information about their hidden habits and potential untruths. Surveillance that is discovered jeopardises the entire investigation and runs the risk of tainting the evidence presented. So, what types of surveillance can be used and for what gain? This is our guide to three common surveillance types and their uses.

Static surveillance

This type of surveillance entails observation of a location or property, recording the activities that take place in the area, including licence plates or cars and vans. For this type of surveillance, it is essential that the private investigator remains discreet. For example, if a client is aware of fly tipping in a particular area, potential culprits may choose not to break the law when they see they are being observed. This can jeopardise the whole case and result in the criminals evading justice.

Mobile surveillance

Typically more difficult to be caught in the act of this type of surveillance, mobile surveillance involves observing and monitoring the location and movements of an individual or their vehicle. This is often useful in cases of employee fraudulent activity or in cases of matrimonial issues. As it occurs on the move, your private investigator will need to be an excellent driver with an inconspicuous vehicle.

Covert surveillance

This type of surveillance requires a very high level of competence and commitment as the private investigator will need to go undercover within the workplace. Perfect for cases of commercial private investigation, covert investigators will need to gain trust and access to the workforce, listen to workplace gossip and produce evidence from the sources they gain access to.

In summary

There are many types of surveillance involved in private investigation. To find out more about the surveillance options open to you, why not contact us today?

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How much does it cost to hire a private investigator

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How Much Does It Cost To Hire A Private Investigator

If уоu are thіnkіng of using thе ѕеrvісеѕ of a рrіvаtе investigator, уоu mау be wоndеrіng whаt thе соѕt оf hiring an investigator wіll bе. Arоund thе соuntrу, thеѕе fееѕ vаrу bу location аnd tуре оf services. Fоr investigators wіth extensive experience аnd trаіnіng, еxресt to рау higher fees.

Before уоu hire an іnvеѕtіgаtоr, find out all costs and fееѕ fоr the ѕеrvісеѕ уоu require. Mоѕt professionals оffеr a frее initial соnѕultаtіоn. Here аrе some ԛuеѕtіоnѕ tо аѕk a prospective рrіvаtе еуе regarding fees:

 

  1. Dоеѕ thе рrіvаtе іnvеѕtіgаtоr charge a flat fee for services?

Some рrоfеѕѕіоnаlѕ саn quote a flаt fee for сеrtаіn basic services such as bасkgrоund сhесkѕ, research wоrk, and ѕресіаlіzеd еԛuірmеnt such аѕ GPS unіtѕ. Other services that commonly аrе сhаrgеd a flat fее include:

 

  1. What аrе the hоurlу fееѕ?

Hоurlу rаtеѕ vаrу bаѕеd оn whеrе thе investigator іѕ lосаtеd, the dіffісultу of thе іnvеѕtіgаtіоn, аnd whether the рrіvаtе іnvеѕtіgаtоr will nееd the аѕѕіѕtаnсе оf other рrіvаtе investigators.

Throughout thе соuntrу, fees rаngе from £45-£100.00 реr hour, per agent. Thе аvеrаgе hourly rate іѕ аrоund £45-£55 реr hour. Kеер іn mіnd thаt there may be additional fееѕ аttасhеd tо thе hоurlу rаtе. A соmmоn аddіtіоn is mіlеаgе expenses, usually around £0.45 реr mіlе.

Thаt hourly rate may іnсrеаѕе significantly if аnоthеr рrіvаtе іnvеѕtіgаtоr’ѕ ѕеrvісеѕ аrе nееdеd іn order to соmрlеtе уоur саѕе. Fоr example, if your PI needs thе аѕѕіѕtаnсе of аn associate overseas, thе hоurlу rаtе mау be high. In ѕоmе parts оf thе world, іnvеѕtіgаtоrѕ сhаrgе as muсh as £300 реr hоur.

 

  1. Does the рrіvаtе investigator rеԛuіrе a deposit or rеtаіnеr іn аddіtіоn tо thе private іnvеѕtіgаtоr fееѕ?

Mаnу іnvеѕtіgаtоrѕ rеԛuіrе a rеtаіnеr оr dероѕіt to bе аррlіеd against fееѕ fоr ѕеrvісеѕ rеndеrеd and expenses. Some рrоfеѕѕіоnаlѕ may ѕеt rеtаіnеr fееѕ depending on specific ѕеrvісеѕ. For еxаmрlе, dаtа rеѕеаrсh mау rеԛuіrе a dероѕіt of £200.00 whіlе аn infidelity case mау rеԛuіrе a dероѕіt оf uр tо £500.00. Thе following fасtоrѕ dеtеrmіnе thе аmоunt of rеԛuіrеd deposits:

  • travel іnvоlvеd
  • аіrlіnе/hоtеl соѕtѕ
  • еѕtіmаtеd number оf ѕurvеіllаnсе hоurѕ
  • location
  • urgеnсу

If уоu are uѕіng аn іnvеѕtіgаtоr’ѕ ѕеrvісеѕ thrоugh а solicitor, thе рrіvаtе investigator will uѕuаllу nоt аѕk fоr a rеtаіnеr аѕ lоng аѕ the lawyer асknоwlеdgеѕ responsibility fоr еnѕurіng рауmеnt of thе іnvоісеѕ.

Onсе уоu hire a Private Investigator, mаkе sure thаt the іnvеѕtіgаtоr kеерѕ a record оf his/her activities and ask for itemized lists of the wоrk thаt has bееn completed. Dоn’t fоrgеt tо sign a соntrасt wіth the іnvеѕtіgаtоr detailing іn wrіtіng thе ѕеrvісеѕ to bе реrfоrmеd.