General Surveillance Overview
General Surveillance techniques practiced by Private Investigators can prove to be invaluable to plaintiffs and defendants in civil cases, couples going through divorces or custodial disputes, spouses who suspect their significant other of infidelity, and defendants in criminal cases. While a variety of circumstances can lead an individual to require the surveillance services of a P.I. and each set of circumstances requires a different approach, the work-product cultivated from these operations is rather similar.
A trained investigator covertly surveils a pre-determined target at the direction of the client. The investigator utilizes audio, video, still photography to objectively document their findings.
Spouses Suspecting Infidelity hire Private Investigators to tail their significant others and determine whether they have remained faithful or engaged in an extra-marital affair. P.I.’s document their findings by collecting photos, video, and/or audio, preparing reports detailing their findings, and discreetly providing this work product to the client.
Divorcés and Divorcées utilize Private Investigators to conduct surveillance operations similar to those requested by spouses who suspect their partner of cheating on them. Court proceedings, mediation, and custodial disputes, however, all raise the stakes of these situations and increase the importance of retaining a competent investigator. In addition to looking for infidelity, investigators will work to uncover evidence of the opposing party engaging in irresponsible behavior, criminal activity, or failing to abide by rules set in place by mediators and/or the courts.
Plaintiffs in Civil Suits often hire Private Investigators to conduct surveillance operations for the purpose of uncovering evidence to strengthen their suit and call into question the credibility of the defendants.
Defendants in Civil Suits will hire Private Investigators for similar reasons. Surveilling the plaintiff, their witnesses, and any related parties can produce evidence that strengthens their defense and exposes frivolous lawsuits that have been filed against them.
Criminal Defendants hire Private Investigators to utilize surveillance tactics to uncover exculpatory evidence proving their innocence and follow up on alternative theories. P.I.s can alternatively use their surveillance skills to collect documentation of opposing witnesses engaging in impeachable or even criminal behavior.
A investigation centered on surveillance will produce video, audio, and photographic evidence related to the case at hand. Reports summarizing the results will be provided along with a licensed and reputable investigator who is prepared to testify to these findings at all mediation sessions, custodial hearings, and court settings.
The Power of Video
Very few things are as powerful and of as much evidentiary value as video. An objective medium such as video allows actions, behaviors, and events to be displayed in a straightforward and virtually-unimpeachable manner. While past actions, inconsistent statements, and adversarial attitudes on the stand can undermine the credibility of witness testimony, video presents a virtually airtight, unimpeachable method of conveying an account to opposing and/or deciding parties.