Technical Surveillance Counter Measures

TSCM or Technical Surveillance Counter Measures originated in the USA and describes the process of bug detection through sweeping and counter-surveillance. If you care about the information you hold then it is of vital importance that your office, home, communication channels and movements are not being monitored as this may lead to a detrimental insight into your private and or business affairs. There are steps that you can take if you believe that your privacy has been compromised. TSCM survey’s are a carried out by qualified individuals, and it will provide a professional evaluation of your residence or location, consisting of a thorough visual, electronic, and physical examination. Bugging devices can take all shapes and sizes,to suit the situation they are being used in. They are designed to blend into their environment, or be small enough to be hidden from sight. Typically sweeps are carried out in corporate offices on a regular basis in areas where confidential business intelligence is discussed. Residential building and vehicles can also be kept secure by regular sweeps. Tell tale signs of you being monitored : Your competitors know your business? Others know what you are about to do before you announce it? Is information clearly being leaked? Has your telephone dial tone changed in sound recently? Noticed that furniture or desk items not in quite the right place? Have the settings changed on your laptop or desktop computer? Files missing? Photocopier been used? Door locks become stiff or difficult to operate? Unexplained events? callers and visitors to your office or home? If the answer to any of the above is yes then you may well be the victim of a bugging operation that...

In Car Dashboard Cameras

In car dashboard cameras have soared in popularity recently and offer the safe driver assurance that no matter what happens when they are driving the events will be recorded. Driving in Manchester, Liverpool, London or any major city, increases the risk of accident damage and over the years I have been involved in a couple of car accidents myself. The difficulty, after an incident for your insurance company, can be proving  the other driver to be liable for the damage. We have a number of vehicles which have fitted the Blackvue camera system which records 24/7.  The units cost a couple of hundred pounds but are worth their weight in gold for the video footage that they capture whilst the vehicle is moving and when parked. As I mentioned we decided to deploy these cameras on all our vehicles and it came in particularly useful the other night when an on coming driver went into the front wing of my own vehicle. I for one feel that we live in a culture which in many ways is very invasive, a strange comment from a private investigator you may think perhaps ! However we also have great respect for individuals rights,  the proliferation of CCTV cameras in our society has to be balanced against the right to privacy, we all should have to move freely without continual monitoring (strategic security location accepted). Getting back to the subject matter, these unit now offer WiFi so that your smartphone can see real-time footage (especially useful to correct the angle of the lens) and the recorded events. Catching perpetrators in the act defines the moment, the recording can then be used...

Financial Background Checks

Financial background checks can be carried out on individuals and businesses, they are usually carried out as part of due diligence or in advance of court action. The information can cover credit score, loan repayment history, bankruptcy, or tax liens and also provide information about any assets that are owned including property, vehicle and high net worth items by individuals or companies. Perform a Personal Financial Background Check There are many resources that we can access when performing background checks. We do all the research which is time consuming but will ultimately prove to be invaluable to our clients. Financial Background Check on a Business A business background check will provide you with knowledge about a company’s financial health including information about all aspects of the business, profit and loss statements, credit rating, liens, assets, and business licenses. Background checks can be carried out on all or individual management team individuals. One of the biggest reasons to check the background of a business is to prove that it is a reputable and legitimate company that has been in business for a while. Verifying a company’s background can save you from being taken in by a scam. You may want to perform business background checks on businesses such as home contractors, financial advisors, insurance companies, or any other business that you want to know more about. How to Perform Financial Background Checks If you want extensive information on a company or individual call Investigators Greater London and we can deliver the details that you...

Future Surveillance Technologies

Gathering information is a crucial part of any investigation, and an absolute must when investigating cases of matrimonial infidelity or insurance fraud, private investigation companies are usually quick to seize upon future surveillance technologies as they are released. A lot of these technologies are developed in the military arena, although they are initially very expensive mainly due to the R&D expense, the cost soon reduces once they become produced in mass volume and the component parts are produced in countries with lower costs such as the far east. Take for instance the development of UAV (Unmanned Ariel Vehicle) which are planes without on-board pilots. These have been used to fly in otherwise dangerous airspace and deliver payloads to high risk locations. Now take that full-size technology and miniaturize it……..well its already happened, as illustrated in the picture below. (see the British Army Test pictures and video below) If we use Gordon Moores law, which is essentially cost halves and capacity doubles each 18 months it follows that the development of these unit will soon be common place in the theatre of war, and not long after, civilian life. It is, depending on your point of view (not) that the future is most definitely Orwellian. Current surveillance technologies such as CCTV and speed cameras pale to insignificance with the advent of what is being developed and the word privacy may soon have to be redefined. We are as, a company and individuals, firm proponents of individual and societal rights to privacy. Mass surveillance (CCTV) has not reduced crime, it has therefore been proven, not to work for the purpose it was intended. The micro-nano UAV below is not so much in future as around...

Fingerprints

Most people know that human fingers can leave fingerprints on surfaces which is enabled via the secretions from the eccrine glands. These are markers to an individuals identity with the chance of another individual having the same fingerprint pattern at  1:64 million and as such is and has been used as a form of individuality for thousands of year. More recently it has been a bedrock of forensic science used to eliminate or identify a culprit whose prints are found at the scene of a crime. Biometrics have harnessed and use fingerprints are recognition giving access to common items such laptops or door locks. Today fingerprint analysis is more commonly being used in private civil and corporate cases where doubt has been cast and we are called upon to help resolve issues that will not likely see a criminal prosecution follow but resolve sensitive cases where publicity is best avoided or confidentiality is absolutely required, which is why we avoid naming past or present clients for whom we act. Dactyloscopy as the technique of fingerprinting used with the Henry classification to them match of eliminate prints which are compared. While fingerprints can be removed from the finger tips the residue DNA can’t be removed and is specifically unique to every individual in our global population thereby positively identifying the perpetrator/s. We can turn around our reports in 24hrs and advise that you call us in the first instance to discuss your...