It is extremely shocking to hear experienced voices from within the private investigator industry reporting instances of domestic abuse offenders, often with restraining orders, approaching investigators to track down the ex-partners.
After reading a story last week in an Australian newspaper Insight learned that this has become a frequent problem that has presented itself to investigators on more than one occasion and feel that regardless of where you perform your investigation duties from; you should be aware of the potential dangers of a case like this.
Every day Insight get calls, emails and requests from people with all different requirements and needs; we have to use our many years of experience, training and investigation knowledge to ensure that we have an element of vetting throughout our consultation to job implementation process as taking on a job like this is obviously illegal and could cause a lot of problems for everyone involved.
In Australia the problem has become a common one, this has led to a call from the Police Association secretary to allow private investigators to have limited access to a database which names domestic violence offenders with restraining orders on them. Gut instinct and using your experience to make a call is fine, providing you are right; having this level of access to make the right call right away is obviously a better situation for investigators to be in.
We at Insight, like all reputable investigation agencies in the UK are waiting for the outcome of various enquiries and Government level decisions to be made about our industry and how investigators will be classified and licensed in the future; hopefully along with this we may see a closer bond between data and access to ensure there are no cases that could be deemed illegal or put somebody in danger.
We reported last month that we’d experienced a large number of commercial enquiries looking to discuss the benefits of employee surveillance and absenteeism investigations; it seems it is not just Insight who are seeing this trend.
It was with interest we read an article in the London Evening Standard recently entitled “Banker, broker, trader, spy – the private investigators who have the city under surveillance”; it spoke of how City bosses are turning to private investigators to reduce costs in these torrid times of financial strain by catching out employees who are acting in a way that does not toe the line with their job description.
The article stated that companies looking to cut staffing costs have used private investigators to catch employees in the act of sneaking off work early, continuously taking extended lunch breaks and repeated false sickness as a means to get rid of them without the need for a court tribunal; itself potentially costing a fortune.
We appreciate that companies are looking to cut costs however when Insight consider a case we look into the whole situation before agreeing to go ahead; from the accusation, available evidence and most of all the legality of the enquiry; if they want illegal methods to get result we will not undertake or even consider proceeding for financial gain.
It is a shame that in this day and age that the financial crisis has put strain on both ends of the spectrum; employer and employee. We have seen employees acting in an extremely underhand way that can have huge implications on their employer and also companies acting in a way that can have devastating effects on their employee.
Whatever the future holds it should be with great caution that the private investigation sector should analyse and make decisions on such cases.
It is with great pleasure that we announce that you can now call Insight Investigations FREE OF CHARGE from any mobile phone network in the UK.
We have always offered our clients and potential clients alike the opportunity to speak with our team of private investigators free from a land line. With the advancements in technology and of course the massive influence of mobile phones on society we feel the time is right to offer you all the chance of calling us free from your mobile!
This should hopefully help clients who need to make contract discreetly without using a land line to make contact and offer you a feeling of increased comfort knowing their are no prying ears listening to your conversation.
We hope to hear from you all soon and that the new free mobile calls number 03450 178 100 is kept busy at all times!
With the start of the London Olympics just a couple of weeks away the whole nation is geared up for what should be a landmark event that goes down as a legendary sporting occasion for the UK and London; that is unless you are security provider G4S or the Olympics organisers!
It was announced heavily yesterday across leading global media channels and broadcasters that with only weeks to go until the opening ceremony that g4S, the world’s largest private security firm are thousands of agreed security staff down on the agreed contract to cover the event.
Those that have been recruited have spoken about their personal dismay at being allocated events miles from home,a lack of schedule and structure, whilst also not being allocated uniforms or correct rotas. With such chaos and a lack of time to deal with this G4S have sent out urgent calls to recruit ex Police officers or SIA association being the ideal candidate although not compulsory.
For an event such as the London Olympics, security has to be the paramount factor even over the events themselves. Security has to be in place to protect fans, stadiums, workers and of course the sports people themselves as well as landmarks from threats such as terrorism.
Insight find it quite shocking that this has reared itself at the last minute and it could potentially put a dampener on the whole event if it is not dealt with ASAP in the next day or two. The Government have spoken about possibly using the military as a fail safe contingency plan, however all this will come at a massive price on top of the pre-agreed contract with G4S of £284 million.
In times of economic crisis this will only put further strain on tax payers money due to poor planning and implementation of the London Olympics security.
We know how vital it is to provide the right level of security at any level, be it at home, in the workplace or for events. With many years experience in providing security of different types Insight can only hope this is resolved ASAP.