Cheating Spouse?  Employee Theft?  Missing Relative? How a Private Investigator May Be Able To Help.

Hiring a private investigator in Maryland can be an experience fraught with emotion. Regardless, it is a decision that should be considered carefully and thought given to the circumstances which are driving the decision to hire a PI.

As you prepare to hire a PI, you should outline the questions you want to ask.  Consider what you want to learn from the investigation and how much money you can afford to spend.

Once a private investigator is selected, discuss the case with them reviewing what you are looking to learn and share your expectations.  Your PI will be able to share options with you and provide insight into whether your expectations and budget are feasible.  Once an agreement is reached your PI should provide a written contract that will specify the scope of the investigation, fees, reporting, the cost structure and more.  Once you reach an agreement with a PI, a written contract usually states the scope of the investigation, deadlines, fees, the frequency of reports, and estimated costs.  Having a written contract helps to ensure that you and your PI agree on the elements of the investigation. You should expect to pay the private investigator in full before receiving your final case report – written or verbal.

1. Most private investigators in Maryland professionally manage their cases; however, there may be times that a client may have questions or concerns.  As an example, some clients mistakenly believe that the retainer covers ALL the expenses for their case.  The retainer is a necessary step to initiate the investigation; however, it is not a payment in full.  Typically, the initial amount paid as a retainer is deducted from the final bill.

2. It is customary for a PI to bill clients for phone calls, office consultations, “standby” time, and making copies. Stand-by time occurs when you request your investigator to wait on your behalf for an event to occur,  for example, waiting on the subject of the investigation to go somewhere.

3. Your private investigator should provide a case report (written or verbal) at the completion of services; once final payment has been made.  Some contracts may stipulate that your investigation will be completed in stages and that each stage will require payment at its completion, with a progress report provided at the time of payment. The final report will reflect a detailed statement of the investigation including what steps involved when they were taken and how much time was invested in your case. Additionally, the report will include the results of the investigation and the costs including time spent on surveillance, standby time,  phone calls, extra investigators, film processing, specialized equipment, and more. If agreed upon by you and your investigator, a verbal report may be appropriate.

4. Be aware when hiring a PI that your case may not turn out the way you hope or expect.  Surveillance, inheritance research, divorce asset searches may not yield the results a client is seeking.  No matter the outcome,  PI’s can legally bill you for the time and effort given to an investigation, and you be required to pay them.

Security Guard or Body Guard Services:   A private investigator or investigative agency must be licensed as a security guard or agency to offer these services legally.
Evidence of an investigation can be provided to a client including photographs, videotape, copied documents, audio recordings, and more.

The experienced private investigators at Absolute Investigative, Fingerprinting, and Security Services are well equipped with the latest tactics and equipment to ensure your case is conducted carefully and methodically and is well documented for any potential court cases.

Child Endangerment – How You Can Ensure Your Child’s Safety

As a parent ochild safetyr grandparent, child safety is one of your top priorities.  However, adults are often unaware of the risks their children are facing, from friends, caregivers, and even the other parent. Child endangerment, neglect, and abuse are, unfortunately, all too common, and parents need to know what they can do to protect their children. If you want to keep your children as safe as possible, here are some things you can do.

Know When Abuse Occurs

Child abuse can occur any time an abuser has access to a child. While often the abuse occurs in secret, such as when your child is spending the night at someone’s house, other times it can occur when there are many people nearby, like in a quiet corner at a family gathering. Sadly, abuse can even happen at the hand of a parent, such as in the case of a divorced couple who share custody of the child.

While you cannot limit all potential times when abuse can occur, you can take measures to reduce the chances of your child falling victim. Avoid situations where your child is alone with other adults for an extended period of time, even if they are trusted. This includes teenagers or children who are much older than your child. Never force your child to display affection towards another person around whom they feel uncomfortable. Finally, seek to maintain open communication with your child, increasing the chances they will tell you if something is happening.

Know the Warning Signs of Abuse

Many children who are being abused will not ask for help. Sometimes they are unaware that the behavior from the adult in their life is not simply normal behavior. Other times they are intimidated into not telling by threats of further abuse or danger to other loved ones. Parents need to know how to spot the signs of abuse to get help quickly. Some signs that can indicate abuse is occurring include:

  • Bruising or other marks that don’t have a clear explanation, particularly on the face or other areas of the body.
  • Bruising that looks like a hand, hanger, belt or similar item that would be used to strike a child.
  • Injuries that are on uncommon areas, like the back, buttocks, torso or neck.
  • Injury to the genitalia
  • Extreme behavior, including withdrawal or extreme fear

If you are noticing some of these signs, it’s time to dig a little deeper and determine if there is abuse occurring. Unfortunately, you may not be able to spot abuse, because abusers are not going to engage in this behavior around you. This is where a private investigator can help. A private investigator can discreetly monitor the supposed abuser to gain evidence of abuse so you can take action.

 Teach Your Children to Be Safe

In addition to learning the signs of child abuse, you, as a parent, have a responsibility to teach your children to be safe around others, giving them the tools to know what to do if they are in an abusive situation. Here are some important child safety tips to teach your child:

  • They can say “no” to adults when something feels uncomfortable
  • The area covered by their swimsuit is private
  • Always ask you first before going somewhere with another adult
  • Go in a group whenever possible
  • Be cautious of strangers when walking through the neighborhood
  • Remember that most adults don’t ask children for help, so someone who does may be a threat

If you have questions or concerns regarding child safety, or if you suspect that your child has been the victim of abuse, it’s critical that you get help as quickly as possible. If you need help gathering evidence against the supposed abuser, give us a call for the help of a skilled private investigator.

 

Should You Hire a Private Investigator for Your Child Custody Case?

child custody private investigatorDivorce is fraught with anxiety, frustration, worry and a wide spectrum of emotions.  Often, at the top of the list is the question of child custody – Who will have physical custody of the children?

A child’s physical and mental well-being is paramount to this question.  Which parent is best equipped to provide a nurturing and safe environment to ensure the best interests of the child is addressed. Hiring child custody investigators can help you gather the facts.

Hand-in-hand with the child custody question is the child support question – who pays and how much. There is nothing more important than securing your children’s well-being and ensuring they receive the financial support, care and loving attention they need and deserve.

Why Hire a Child Custody Private Investigator?

The information a private investigator compiles could be the deciding factor in the case. Once the court renders a decision the probability of a reversal is slim.

Child Abuse?

Regretfully, all too frequently, a child may be a victim of abuse or neglect.  While family services can be used in these cases, they are often constrained by inadequate resources.  Hiring a private investigator to investigate suspected abuse can help concerned parties gather the evidence needed to compel law enforcement to intervene on behalf of the child.

Child Custody/Visitation:

Usually, the divorcing parents are able to reach an agreement regarding the physical custody of their children.  These parents, who love and cherish their children put the needs of their children ahead of all other matters and the process is mostly amicable.  However, there are times when one or more of the parents is unfit, unable and not qualified to parent a child.  When these situations arise, a private investigator can provide the insight and evidence needed in court to ensure the best outcome.

There are times that a Child Custody/Visitation Investigation is required to confirm and determine if the custodial or visitation parent is treating a child properly.  These investigations help ensure the safety of the child.

How Does the Court Determine Custody?

Courts use a number of criteria to determine the custody of children.  This criterion includes (but may not be limited by) the following:

  • Parent’s past and current behavior(s)
  • Criminal History
  • Known Associates and their history
  • Ability to provide shelter and food
  • Ability to tend to the emotional and physical well-being of the child
  • History or evidence of child abuse or neglect
  • Financial situation

A private investigator can help a parent that finds themselves in need of defending themselves against false claims OR needing to prove that an unfit parent would be detrimental to the child’s welfare.

Sadly, many unscrupulous characters are adept at deception and obfuscation and thus can persuade the courts that they are a trustworthy parent – when in fact they are not.  A classic he said/she said scenario can ensue and without proof, a parent may find their children placed into a dangerous situation. A qualified child custody private investigator can make a difference in the outcome of these cases.  A licensed private investigator’s reports, videos, photos and courtroom testimony can provide the leverage needed in the courtroom.

How Absolute Investigative Services Can Help

Our highly trained team of child custody private investigators can uncover and document concerning behavior.  We provide a thorough investigation of the opposing parent’s current behaviors, past behaviors, and criminal history.

We accomplish our investigations through the tenacious use of surveillance, background checks, and witness interviews.

We are also frequently hired to be present during visitation.

If you are concerned about the well-being of your child or grandchild and need assistance in determining the facts, hiring a child custody private investigator may be right for you.

 

3 Ways Private Investigator Companies Can Help With Employee Embezzlement

Workplace fraud is not something that any company wants to think is possible with their employees. Unfortunately, with the rise of technology, more complex and diverse tools are available for those who might be tempted to engage in fraudulent behavior, such as embezzlement. Private investigator companies can help businesses identify and address such activity to reduce its effects on the integrity of the business. 

1. Forensic Investigations

When employee embezzlement is suspected, private investigative companies can perform forensic testing on the company’s computer system as well as its finances. Gathering computer evidence, such as hacking activity, email history and metadata that pinpoints file creation dates, helps a company build a case discreetly. Financial irregularities uncovered by forensic accounting can lead to evidence that is admissible in court. 

2. Skilled Surveillance 

Surveillance is a tool long associated with private investigator companies. An important component in gathering evidence that supports suspicions of embezzlement, surveillance often uses tools such as video as well as direct observation of the individual(s) in question. In complex cases, a member of the private investigative company could pose as an employee in an effort to gather critical insider information about the fraudulent activities. Using a highly-trained private investigator reduces the risks associated with this type of operation while increasing the odds of success. 

3. Electronic Recording Device Detection

An employee engaged in embezzling funds from a company’s coffers may have hidden electronic recording devices in key offices in an effort to obtain sensitive information. Similarly, such devices can also be installed as programs on a company’s computers without their knowledge. Private investigation companies can detect all types of electronic recording devices that could be used in an office. Even the more sophisticated technology that is often found on computer programs can be successfully tracked and disabled by a well-trained private investigator. 

Private investigative companies provide invaluable services for companies that suspect embezzlement. These professionals utilize techniques that gather evidence that can be used in court to recoup the losses of the business and bring the criminal to justice. 

Divorce? 5 Reasons For Hiring A Private Investigator

hiring a private investigatorRelationships are complex, even when they may seem “normal.” When divorce occurs the complexity of a relationship increases. Here are six reasons that shed light on why hiring a private investigator may make sense when divorce occurs.

1. Hidden Money — Many times a divorce is a process that begins long before the lawyers are involved. In that time, there is plenty of opportunity for one spouse or the other to hide assets such as money. After all, if money is successfully hidden, then they don’t have to split it with the person they are divorcing.
2. Impact Custody Decisions — Many divorces involve custody of children. In situations where addiction is an issue, a private investigator can successfully show illicit behavior that impacts the safety of your children. That evidence can help your case in court.

3. Can Prove Reasons for Divorce Including Infidelity — For many marriages, infidelity is a deal breaker. Hiring a private investigator can provide solid evidence of infidelity and help the aggrieved party make an informed decision about divorce.

4. Improve the Safety of Children — If your spouse has already moved in with a new romantic partner, a private investigator can run background checks on that person to make sure that they are fit to be around children. They can help uncover child predators, felons, and people with an unscrupulous past.

5. Expose Criminal Activities — If your spouse is involved in crime, a private investigator can expose the criminal activity. Such evidence goes a long way in helping you decide if a divorce is right for you and can help keep children safe too.

Provide Closure — Have you spent years wondering about infidelity? Do you wonder if your spouse really works late? There are many reasons that people file for divorce and hiring a private investigator can help fill in the blanks for you. You can find out the truth and then make a decision to file for divorce or to work out your problems. Not all divorces are caused by cheating or abuse. Sometimes people just grow apart. Whatever the reasons for your divorce, a private investigator has your best interests at heart. When you need the truth, whether it is ugly or a surprise, a private investigator has the skills and experience to help you find answers to your questions.