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Private Investigators and Surveillance: Protect Your Assets in 2020

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It’s 2020! Don’t you think it’s time to make sure that you and your assets are well cared for? Assets—especially your assets—are the things that you want to keep protected. They can include company products, children, property, finances, and more. Unfortunately, over the last decade, the rise of the Internet and online activity makes asset-related theft and other criminal activity much easier to get away with. After all, when a thief hides behind a computer or mobile phone he or she could be anywhere in the world! The good news is, there are private investigators across Canada and in Ontario who can help you to keep your assets safe. Want to know more? You’re in luck. Keep reading to learn how private investigators and surveillance can help you to protect your assets in 2020. 

What is Surveillance?

Surveillance is the art of monitoring an individual as he or she goes about their daily activities. This is the purpose of surveillance. Surveillance catches any activity that is out of the ordinary or suspicious in nature. Ideally, catching this type of activity will help to reveal whether or not the individual is guilty of a crime. 

One major element of a successful surveillance operation is that the individual does not know he or she is being watched. A person will alter their behavior the moment he or she catches on to the fact that they are under surveillance. So, if the individual was planning on robbing the same warehouse a second time, they’ll change their plans. The thief will know they will get caught. The surveillance operation turns into a wasted opportunity. Therefore, it is important for any private investigator to make sure the surveillance case is operated in a way where the guilty party doesn’t suspect a thing. 

Different Forms of Surveillance

Warehouse surveillance is only one of the many ways in which a private investigator will set up his or her investigation. The different methods of surveillance can include (but are not limited to),

Surveillance: Protecting Your Product:

Many companies sell products to customers. From food to retail to machine parts, these companies make a living off of selling a physical product. Each year, these companies lose some of their product. According to CNBC, companies in the United States lose approximately $50 billion every year to crime. That statistic just includes crime within the workplace. 

While the loss can sometimes be due to accidents or damage, it’s clear that most of a company’s product loss is a direct result of theft. Whether it’s a sticky-fingered employee, or a scam artist trying to get the product without paying the bill, theft is a leading cause for financial loss for many companies. 

Surveillance, Assets and Private Investigators

For anyone looking to better protect their product, hiring a private investigator is a great way to achieve that goal. A private investigator will use different surveillance techniques to help protect products, or to help you get your product back. 

Here’s an example. Let’s say that you run a restaurant. Every week you order food that the chef will use to serve delicious meals to customers. However, your chef starts to notice that some of the food is missing. Unfortunately, the surveillance footage you’ve captured doesn’t show any suspicious activity! You and the chef decide to hire a private investigator. The private investigator will assess the situation. He or she will likely set up their own surveillance to determine who is stealing the asset/product. This surveillance could include sitting in a parked vehicle near the restaurant to monitor who goes in and out. In many cases, this is enough to catch the thief before more assets go missing. 

Surveillance: Protect Your Children:

Children are one of our most precious assets. For the most part, children live in homes with two loving parents. It is in situations where that marriage breaks down, or one parent is unable to provide for the children that a private investigator can help. 

Unfortunately, some people aren’t able to take care of their children—for whatever reason. When going through a divorce, however, it’s important to make sure that the parent that gets primary custody, is a parent who can truly take care of a child’s needs. 

If you believe that your partner or spouse should not get custody or spend time with their child, hire a private investigator. A private investigator will carefully monitor/run surveillance on your partner or spouse. This type of surveillance will catch any bad behavior. The courts can then pass judgment in your favor. Evidence of this nature is extremely important to obtain legally. If a private investigator catches anything suspicious, he or she will pass the information to you or your lawyer. It is the best way to keep your children protected. 

Surveillance: Protect Your Finances:

Finances need protection in instances where it can go missing or needs to be divided up. It’s common for people to give away money for online or phone scams. It’s even possible that someone might give money to a new boyfriend or girlfriend as a loan, only to have that new boyfriend or girlfriend disappear. Hiring a private investigator can help! A private investigator will track down and locate your missing money. Whether or not the thief is still in town, or has vanished completely, a private investigator will find them. 

Once the private investigator finds the thief, he or she will set up surveillance to gather more evidence. Surveillance will help to monitor the thief’s activities. These activities will reveal more about the thief such as:

  • Where they’ve put the money
  • What they’ve used the money for in their day to day business. 

Here’s another example of how a private investigator uses surveillance to help keep your assets protected. A private investigator can run surveillance on a spouse who is likely hiding money. When it comes to divorce, some people don’t disclose all of their savings during the proceedings. This is known as a hidden asset. Hiding assets isn’t legal and it is something a private investigator can help to find. If a private investigator finds evidence of hidden assets through surveillance, it is absolutely possible to use this information in court. 

Surveillance: Leave it to the Professionals

It’s amazing the number of people who believe they can run their own surveillance operation. While some people might be able to catch a thief stealing their assets, it’s a lot harder than it looks. 

Private investigators need to take specialized training to learn how to run a successful surveillance operation. A good private investigator knows that the moment someone suspects they are about to get caught, that person will change his or her behavior. The case will never get solved and the private investigator’s client will likely never the asset(s) again. In these types of cases, it’s best to leave things to a professional.

Protect Your Assets in 2020

If you or someone you know is struggling with ways in which you can keep your assets protected, look no further! Hiring a private investigator will help you to sleep a little easier at night. Through the use of various surveillance techniques, a private investigator can prevent your assets from getting stolen or damaged. If you’ve already fallen victim to a thief or scam, know that a private investigator will have your back. Hiring a private investigator to deal with these situations will help you to get your money back. It will also help you to get the evidence you need to take the thief to court. 

Start 2020 with confidence and hire a private investigator today! 

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