Surveillance is the close observation of a person, place, or object. It is the practice of watching a subject in order to document and identify any of the contact, interactions, or whereabouts of the subject. Surveillance investigations can include:

  • Missing person searches
  • Cheating spouse investigations
  • Recurrent theft
  • Worker's compensation cases
  • Vandalism

Why Conduct Surveillance?

There are a number of reasons to conduct surveillance. Surveillance is conducted to prevent crime, to obtain evidence of a crime, to obtain evidence in civil suits, to document an individual’s location, to document activities in or around a specific location or building, to obtain information to be used in an interrogation, to gather intelligence, or to obtain information to be used in court.

Simply, you might need surveillance from a qualified private investigator at some point in your life. With marital infidelity on the rise, employee dishonesty increasing, and crime rates a concern for everyone across the country, surveillance is one way you can stay safe and secure. Surveillance gives you the facts and proof you need about those people you trust with your home, your children, your money, and your life.

Does Surveillance Affect Privacy?

Many people worry that surveillance affects their privacy. Often times, surveillance is a balancing act of security and privacy concerns. Thus, it's important to stay on the right side of the law. New privacy laws mean that surveillance through audio and video equipment as well as other forms of surveillance equipment can be restricted when not performed by a private investigator.

Can I Use Home Surveillance Systems?

If you want security surveillance for your home, home surveillance equipment usually causes very few legal problems. As long as you're not using home surveillance equipment to monitor people without their permission, you can generally use security surveillance equipment to keep your home safe from intruders. If, on the other hand, you are using surveillance techniques or surveillance equipment to observe potentially cheating spouses, potentially dishonest employees, or caretakers, you may be breaking the law.
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Who Should Conduct Surveillance?

The best option is to hire a qualified private investigator. A professional investigator is licensed and insured to provide surveillance and to gather evidence through audio and video equipment. Plus, a professional investigator is often the most effective way to observe someone or something. Investigators are trained for years in order to be able to track down alleged criminals or uncover dishonesty in any form. Since private investigators are well-versed in current laws and often work with police and police investigations, you don't have to worry about legal impediments when you entrust your surveillance needs to investigator. Plus, investigators have access to various types of surveillance equipment--such as one-way mirrors, specialized equipment, and special vehicles--that can make surveillance more effective. If surveillance reveals illegal activity, evidence gathered by private investigators often stands up in court much better than evidence gathered by the average citizen.

Or you could commit time researching laws in your area or hiring a lawyer to find out whether your surveillance techniques are legal in your area. Of course, you can always stop surveillance entirely and just hope that the people you trust with your safety and security are, in fact, trustworthy. But let's face it: these alternatives either put you at risk or are expensive.

Looking for a Surveillance Investigator?

If you suspect that a spouse is cheating, that a nanny or babysitter is abusive, or that an employee is dishonest, it can be difficult to concentrate on everyday tasks. Why waste your time, energy, and stay up nights worrying? A single call to a private investigator can put you on the path to learning the truth.

What is video surveillance and photography surveillance?

Video surveillance and photography surveillance are two types of monitoring that use images in order to keep you safe or in order to gather evidence. Video surveillance makes use of video cameras or camcorders to catch moving images and even sounds, while photography surveillance makes use of still images. Both types of surveillance are important in investigations and both can prove useful in helping you to see what is happening in areas you have no access to.

What types of video surveillance and photography surveillance are available?

There are many types of surveillance to suit your needs, including:

  • Home security video surveillance. This type of video or photography surveillance can help monitor your home while you are away. You can rely on security surveillance or get special nanny cams to ensure that those you entrust in your home are reliable.
  • Property video or photography surveillance. Business video or photography surveillance, boat surveillance, and land surveillance can help ensure that your investments stay safe. This type of surveillance can also help you gather evidence of fraud, employee dishonesty, and other problems that can affect your assets and business.
  • Targeted video or photography surveillance. In this type of surveillance, an investigator will have a camera or other imaging equipment in order to record a specific person or event. This type of video or photography surveillance is often used in cheating spouse investigations, employee investigations, criminal investigations, and in mystery shopping. In order for this type of video or photography surveillance to be legal, it must be performed by an investigator who is aware of current privacy laws.

What kind of video surveillance or photography surveillance should I choose?

There are many kinds of video or photography surveillance equipment you can select:

  • The closed circuit TV (CCTV) cameras are most popular because of their reliability and low price. These cameras do not broadcast images, but they record them, so that you can always check to see what occurred while you were away. These surveillance cameras are used at many public spaces and in many homes for security.
  • Digital videos and cameras are becoming more popular, since they can often capture better images and even sounds. They can be used to monitor events remotely and images can be saved onto a computer and even enhanced.
  • Cameras and on-person equipment includes still cameras and concealed audio-video equipment. This type of equipment is often used for targeted surveillance and for criminal investigations where there is a clear suspect. These cameras can be very flexible but must be operated by a qualified private investigator, usually, to be admissible in court.
  • Board cameras are tiny devices that can be concealed and they often have an external power source. The image from these cameras is often transmitted to a computer or other imaging device so that it can be viewed remotely.

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