OUR BLOG

 

FIND OUT MORE ABOUT HOW PRIVATE INVESTIGATORS WORK

 

At Investigators Greater London we believe in keeping our clients well informed. In these articles you will find detailed information about how private detectives work, and all that is new in the field of private investigation.

Electronic Software Surveillance

In these days, technology permeates every way in which we both work and socialise it’s difficult to know what information is being exchanged, electronic software surveillance offers clarity and insight. Businesses and private individuals can take steps if they believe that there is a potential risk. Software programs now allow the constant monitoring of “target devices” either a mobile phone or a computer. The software will relay back information such as number dialled, calls recorded, GPS positions from a mobile phone or e-mails sent/received, webpages viewed or passwords used from a computer. The software is undetectable. A business client who contacted us had been losing market share and reduced revenue, suspicion fell on an employee thought to be responsible. We were able to install then monitor the employee’s computer and phone, with the information we gathered a surveillance team was deployed and irrefutable evidence was obtained that the employee had been meeting with existing buyers but had not been selling the companies product but his own. It was proved that he had formed a company and was undercutting his employer. In another case, concerned parents had noticed that their child was displaying unusual behaviour patterns which once we had monitored the devices a secret “Facebook” page was being used and it became apparent that the child was involved with a group who were using drugs, alcohol and frequenting clubs. We contacted the clubs concerned to let them know about the licensing regarding under age drinker and the parents discussed the matter with their child, which brought about a successful conclusion. Electronic Software Surveillance Features Mobile Phone Call Tracking Numbers dialled/received time dated stamped, duration and volume SMS, stored in the cloud to avoid deletion on handset GPS Location Tracking Email Tracking URL (Website) Tracking Video & Photo Tracking (See...

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...