First we have a detailed conversation with our client, delving into their desires and expectations for the investigation. This determines the depth and means for the pre-surveillance design plan.
We conduct an extensive background check on the subject if needed. Vital information, however not limited to, includes the subject’s name, address, phone number, physical description, photographs, and local relatives; their habits, hobbies, schedules, and coworkers are also important to note.
Next, we familiarize ourselves with the area where the investigation will be taking place, usually via maps and photographs. Being familiar with the location during both the day and night will result in a more effective investigation.
We decide on what equipment the particular case calls for, i.e., camera equipment, binoculars, tinted windows; also included are things as simple as a food, water, flashlight and a full tank of gas.
Preparing a plan specifically for the case is an important aspect for the surveillance investigation. This means developing a reasonable explanation for being in the area, and adjusting car make and investigators clothing in order to fit and blend in as much as possible.
We don’t make eye contact the subject, don’t park conspicuously, and if needed, don’t walk by the location more than once.
During the investigation, the investigator will take extensive notes, including dates and times, in order to provide a report to the managing investigator.
The report will be provided to the client in most cases; the exception to providing the report is due to a confidential matter that would protect the client.
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