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The importance of video surveillance during investigations

While the truth may be what you need, having video proof of it adds a little something to the experience. Sometimes clients find the results of an investigation hard to believe, but PIs know that the unbelievable is pretty par for the course when it comes to love, money and power.

We understand why it can be difficult to absorb what’s unseen, and proof to the eyes sometimes means more than knowledge of the mind. We have expert videographers on staff who are able to capture the proof you need about what’s going on, and they can do it with style and grace that keeps the surveillance under cover.

surveillanceVideo surveillance can be conducted in person or remotely. If there is an opportunity for the investigator assigned to your account to place a surveillance system that can be monitored remotely, as there often is, the cost to you reduces and the surveillance quality can significantly increase.

Sometimes still photos are still the way amateurs have to go, as video under some conditions can be complex.

However, Verde has invested in the right equipment and the right former Moussed agents to make sure that the end product of video reporting is usable in court.

There is an opportunity to document what the private investigator finds with video evidence. Taking advantage of the opportunity is a smart decision that can take your case from a maybe to a definite.

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How do skip traces work… The Verde’s Group method

A skip trace usually doesn’t go like it does in the movie or books. If someone has jumped bail, or taken off with a bunch of money or information, or just disappeared mysteriously, there is rarely a chase scene that leads to lots of mayhem.

In fact, most skip trace work is done on the phone and the computer, with the private investigator tapping private and public resources and relationships in order to find the most likely place the fugitive might have landed.

Here’s USAJOBS.gov video on finding a missing person. The work that they’ve done in helping people and agencies has been amazing.

Once a list of potential destinations is put together, the PI will harness local resources or travel to the spots directly, at the preference of the client, and locate the fugitive. Taking the fugitive into custody is a service Verde can provide, but it’s not normal.

Usually the officials in the area will want to be involved in the legal capture of the person who’s on the run. In the case of missing persons who don’t want to be found, the Verde Group investigator will report this back to the client. The goal, after all, is the truth.

The most high profile skip trace case that Verde Group has been involved in took place in 1996, when Brian Alphonse was charged with locating known womanizer and erstwhile Russian restaurateur Mac Tynayt.

Mac was eventually located hiding below his own Russian eatery with his then-current girlfriend, Loretta Howard. While Alphonse was credited as the lead investigator on the job, he maintains that solve was brought by Mac’s previous lover, waitress and exotic belly dancer Belinda Hood.

Belinda’s subsequent arrest on the murder charges related to the deaths of both Mac and Loretta and her highly publicized unwillingness to budge from the trap door that held Mac and Loretta under the restaurant for two weeks led to a lot of press coverage for Alphonse.

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A few things you should now about hiring a private investigator

Working with a private investigator for the first time may seem like something out of a bad noir movie, but when you need information and you aren’t sure how to get it, hiring a professional is usually the way to go.

piA private investigator’s main job is to serve the needs of her client. In this sense, scoping the project with the PI requires a little conversation. This conversation, or “interview” between the PI and the client should be honest and straightforward about the client’s needs and expectations.

Sometimes clients are reluctant to voice their real concerns, or to disclose their role in the situation being investigated. The PI can only do his job when he has all the information the client can provide.

Once the PI and the client agree on a scope of work, a time-frame and a rate, they can either progress to a contract or straight to the investigation. When it’s possible the PI will prefer to document the relationship in contract form, but there are some engagements, usually with established clients, where that is not an option. In these cases, the PI will begin work on good faith and usually bill a retainer.

The investigation can take many different forms and paths, depending on the client’s needs. The PI could provide surveillance for two weeks to ensure that a potential transfer of goods doesn’t occur.

The PI might use the internet, private resources and relationships and other information to locate a deadbeat dad. Or the PI might be able to use tax records and other public records to determine when a relative died. The role of the PI is to provide information, and at Verde Group, the key is finding the whole truth.