Surveillance Methods and Techniques
Surveillance is a cornerstone of successful private investigation operations. Below are the four main types of monitoring that we’re asked to carry out on a daily basis.
On Foot Surveillance Methods
This investigation technique involves following a subject on foot or on public transport. While this type of covert monitoring can be carried out by one person, a two-person team is recommended so the operation remains covert. Investigation tactics can include anything from simply observing the subject to electronically monitoring the individual.
Mobile Surveillance Methods
This is the following of a vehicle by a team of at least two investigators in separate vehicles, vans or motorcycles. This type of monitoring service is used by both private and corporate clients to document an individual’s daily activities. Mobile monitoring is often used in legal proceedings for:
- Sick leave
- Conflict of interest
- Accident claims
- Disability claims
- Criminal investigations
- Child custody
This type of investigation helps our clients save hundreds, or even thousands, of pounds by revealing an individual’s true behaviour. All evidence of the person’s daily activities and habits is obtained lawfully and is fully admissible in a court of law.
Stationary Surveillance Methods
This type of operation is typically carried out by one person who remains in a discreet area near the surveillant’s home to document the comings and goings of any visitors. A stationary camera is used to obtain video evidence of anyone arriving or leaving the residence. Stationary monitoring is often used to prove cohabitation or expose cheating partners. As with mobile surveillance, the evidence gathered during a stationary investigation can be used in court.
Vehicle tracking is a cost-effective way to monitor an individual’s activities 24 hours a day, over a long period of time. This type of operation involves using GPS trackers to record the movements of a vehicle. Wireless technology allows the device is wireless, so it can be easily mounted on any vehicle without the need for keys. It can also be easily transferred from one car to the next, which is useful if the subject being investigated uses more than one vehicle. Among the many reasons why a client would want to monitor someone’s vehicle are:
- They believe their partner or spouse is cheating
- They suspect an employee is moonlighting
- They want to verify their partner’s whereabouts
- They want to monitor use of a company vehicle
- They want to track business deliveries
Vehicle tracking devices is another one of the surveillance methods that we use. Vehicle Tracking devices can be monitored via an app on a smartphone, laptop or tablet. The GPS trackers provide location reports as frequently as every few seconds, so you can always be sure the car is where the app says it is. You can find out more about GPS here.
Whether you want to investigate an idle employee or prove your partner’s whereabouts or find out about the best surveillance methords to use, we can help. Contact us today on 0800 0199424 to discuss your situation confidentially with a member of our private investigation team.