Tech gadgets & private investigators go hand in hand in the 21st century

Today it’s not enough for a private investigator to excel at conducting undercover surveillance, they also need to keep abreast of the latest developments in surveillance technology to effectively get to the truth in any case.

The real test of any tech gadget is what it can do to raise undercover surveillance to a new level, and any professional investigator will be more than willing to try out new developments in the field.

In the hands of a professional, experienced investigator, new technology for use in surveillance also helps investigators to be ready for anything that may arise while they’re carrying out surveillance.

The operative words here are training and experience. Technology on its own doesn’t trump pounding the pavements in search for evidence in any case, these two aspects are designed to bring evidence to light with a two pronged approach.

Technology is also an invaluable tool for private investigators in terms of catching criminals that are tech savvy, as so many are today.  We may not be in a world war using weapons but we’re definitely in a war zone when it comes to the use of technology as a weapon.

Information is sold to the highest bidder, and in order to get to any information to sell, criminals have to keep as up to date about technology as private investigators should.

Here are just a few of the tech gadgets used by private investigators today;

Voice stress analysis

You’d be surprised at how effective a voice stress analysis can be in finding the truth. Some people are able to lie straight-faced and very convincingly, however, the voice tells another story completely.

In voice stress analysis tests, a private investigator is able to detect underlying truths that stem from speech patterns tied to emotions and the psychological aspects of speech.

The words, levels of stress and excitement can all be measured via voice stress analysis, making it an excellent tool that will indicate how truthful the speaker is at the time of the test. These tests can be carried out via phone, recording or in a face to face situation.

GPS Tracking systems

GPS tracking systems are very nifty in terms of keeping track of someone from one location to another. These systems are effectively used when a company has a fleet of trucks and other company vehicles they’d like to keep track of.

The reason that a fleet owner or manager can do this without the approval of the driver is due to the fact that the vehicle is not registered to the driver.

Technology has made it easy to plant tracking devices in vehicles without detection, to the extent that they can be attached to the steering column in a vehicle without being detectable.

GPS systems are so sophisticated today that anyone keeping track of a vehicle will have live updates of the location of the vehicle, fuel consumption and speed.

Keeping track of a cheating wife or husband via GPS tracking is more difficult however. Unless you own the vehicle your cheating spouse is driving, data gathered through the use of GPS tracking will be considered inadmissible in court.

Spyware technology

Recording what someone is doing on their computer via email online or mobile phone is easy when spyware is installed on these devices.

By mimicking the keystrokes, a private investigator is able to follow the search patterns of the subject under surveillance, without being detected.

If all clients want is the truth for themselves it’s legal, however, as it is with GPS tracking, if evidence gathered this way is to be used in a court case, you can forget it, it’s simply not legal.

Camera technology

Some covert investigations call for the use of micro cameras in order to carry out surveillance as surreptitiously as possible.  These cameras can be used to capture photos of people and places, with the added benefit of being perfect for use in capturing images of documents.

Technology & private investigators into the future

There’s no doubt that technology and software will be making giant leaps into the future, which means that private investigators are going to have to up their own game by becoming as tech savvy as many criminals are.

Jacques Botha, owner of King Investigators in South Africa, will tell you that much of the work his team does on various cases is done using computers, which is far from the glamorous image most have of private investigators out in the field.

This is where excellent exploratory and analysis skills come in to play, where, in tandem with being out in the field, data bases need to be scoured for the right type of information to bring a case to successful closure.

By investing in quality knowledge and experience, King Investigators can assure clients that whether criminal or civil, the evidence presented by this professional team will be fully admissible in court.

Contact King Investigators in Pretoria today to find out more about how this team of investigators can assist you in making your case watertight.

 

 

Economic crimes targeting businesses have risen to an all-time high in South Africa

It makes no difference whether you own a small business or a major corporation, employee theft is always going to be on the cards. Since the dawn of man, people have lied, cheated and stolen, and nothing’s changed.

It’s only the role of technology that’s changed how certain crimes are committed, but given how tech savvy many criminals are today, the losses businesses face in many areas is frightening.

No company can afford the kind of losses that are being experienced in business, and when figures like R1.2-million are being thrown around, on the heels of a surge in economic crime hitting the 77% mark since 2016, it’s time to become proactive about protection from these crimes.

Sadly, that leaves South Africa in first place in comparison with the global average rate of 49%.

According to PricewaterhouseCoopers, in their Global economic and fraud survey 2018 South Africa, two in every three organisations have been, and still are, victims of economic crime.

In this no company can afford to remain blissfully unaware, meaning that proactive steps need to be implemented in order to protect the interests of the business.

The same report states that on average, around 6% of executives didn’t even know whether their organisations were being affected by economic crime or not!

Every business in South Africa, whether it’s a small to medium business or a large corporation, will at some time experience white collar economic crime, internally and externally driven.

Up to 50% of economic crimes have been attributed to employees, meaning that ‘inside jobs’ are responsible for a major percentage of loss experienced by any company.

Types of fraud to be on the lookout for in your company

Accounting fraud

This involves an employee covering up money that’s missing, or covering the fact that goods are being stolen.

Asset misappropriation

Asset misappropriation is fraud at its very worst. Theft of money or goods, or finding ways to divert company money into the bank account of an employee has also hit an all-time high, all of which could cost any company millions of Rands every year.

Payroll fraud

All that an employee responsible for the payroll need do to line their own pockets, is to create a fictitious employee and then siphon that money into their own account.

Manipulating timesheets or inflating overtime is another way an employee can steal from the business, which is often the case when the employee in charge of the payroll has been with a company for many years and would be above suspicion.

Data theft

Losing valuable data such as sensitive databases containing customer details or falling victim to the theft of trade secrets are very expensive costs to carry.  This type of data theft is a very lucrative side-line for employees, especially with the increase in organised crime today.

Corruption

Corruption is self-explanatory, and it happens more than is imagined. Whether it’s an employee accepting kickbacks to gain the advantage for certain clients of the business. There’s also a lot of money to be made off of false amounts on invoices from certain suppliers, either way, it’s the company that loses.

Working with King Investigators to combat economic crime

In light of the many different forms that exist in economic crimes, King Investigators have the experience to offer high level Business Intelligence Services to companies that range from small to medium businesses and up to major corporations.

As a trusted investigative firm in South Africa, King Investigators produce in-depth results from investigations into employee dishonesty and theft of products, right through to misappropriation of corporate assets, theft of trade secrets and internal or external embezzlements.

If you need a professional ally on your side to find those guilty of economic crimes in your business so that appropriate steps can be taken to stop small losses that become huge losses in a year, contact King Investigators for a confidential discussion about where to next.

 

Does sexting & online virtual affairs mean you’re being cheated on?

It’s a very grey area when you head into whether or not sexting and virtual affairs online mean that one or the other spouse is cheating.

Many people having these virtual affairs consider them as harmless, but they’re not. A greater majority of people feel betrayed and hurt by the sexual nature of these online ‘conversations’, believing that their spouse may as well be carrying on an affair in the ‘real’ world.

Even though there’s no physical contact involved in an online affair, the innocent spouse still feels that the vows that brought them and their partner together have been violated.

In general the strides made in technology are great on many levels, however, along with the positives is the fact that the same technology enables people to have virtual affairs.

These affairs include the exchange of explicit photos, explicit exchanges via email or on social networks. Unless the couple is in on it together, virtual explicit affairs lead to a sense of betrayal that is every bit as deep as it would be if the affair were on the physical level.

It’s punch-in-the-gut time when you first start suspecting your partner of conducting an online affair, and it’s every bit as wrenchingly painful as it would be if he or she were physically involved with someone else.

Signs that point towards online cheating and sexting in the 21st century

  1. Password protected mobile devices

Passwords and pins that keep you locked out of cell phones and other mobile devices, could raise a red flag about whether or not your spouse is having an online affair.

When web pages are quickly shut down as you walk into the room, or emails are hastily closed, it would be worth asking the hard questions about whether or not your spouse is cheating.

  1. Immediate responses to online contacts

This is one of those signs that could simply mean that your spouse is as addicted to using their cell phone, laptop and/or computer as many of us are, but…when answering emails and texts immediately becomes an obsession with your spouse, you may need to consider whether an online affair is being hidden.

  1. Behavioural changes

If there’s one very tell-tale sign that your spouse is cheating it’s that there are changes in the way your spouse normally behaves.  Guilt about sexting or involvement in an online affair can lead to two extremes in behaviour; being unusually attentive, or, withdrawing completely and using anger towards you as justification for the online affair.

  1. Social media accounts kept secret

Watch out too for secret social media accounts or, if you’re a friend of your spouse, keep an eye out for contacts you don’t recognise.  A virtual affair on any social media site won’t reflect in timelines, but messages on these platforms are private to the account holder.

The truth must out

Most people don’t think that online cheating can really fall into the category of cheating, but there’s no doubt that the double life your spouse is living between you and the virtual affair is going to hurt the relationship.

If you consider that an online affair (or more than one) is cheating, it’s important to confront the issue head on, so that your spouse knows what crosses the line into a full-fledged online affair as far as you’re concerned.

Moving out of the virtual world and into reality. If you suspect that your spouse is cheating and you choose to hire a cheating spouse investigator in Pretoria and Johannesburg, contact King Investigators for a confidential chat.

This is never going to be an easy call, but, once you realise that you’ll be dealing with private investigators who’ll treat you and your case with the utmost sensitivity you deserve under the circumstances, it may make you feel more confident about placing your trust in these licenced investigators.

9-5 days are a rarity for professional private investigators

Being a private investigator goes far beyond having a 9-5 job, this is a field that will impact everything time-wise, putting paid to holidays, weekends and nights in the majority of cases.

Sitting in a car for hours on end definitely eats into the time an investigator needs for doing research, which puts that much more pressure on a private investigator who’s on a time-sensitive case.

In order to deliver evidence that’s untainted, any professional private investigator has to stick to all the regulations regarding the code of conduct that governs the profession, anything less than that and you’d be out of pocket for nothing.

In the case of a private investigations firm such as King Investigators in Pretoria, owner Jacques Botha is a licenced practitioner, affiliated with PSIRA, which is the body that’s there to regulate the industry in order to protect clients and investigators.

Although King Investigators are top cheating spouse investigators in South Africa, there’s a whole back story to being a full-service company, able to tackle many types of investigations, for individuals, corporations and small to medium businesses.

Looking at the knowledge and skills necessary to be a consummate professional in this field, there has to be an absolute dedication to training and keeping up with the latest developments in order to bring any case to a successful conclusion.

No role in an investigation stays stagnant, and in the world of private investigators, ongoing training is all part of the job description.

So what does an investigator need to have under his belt in order to offer evidence that is irrefutable in a court case?

A working knowledge of the law

Although a private investigator doesn’t need a formal education to be active in the industry, a working knowledge of law, which only comes with experience, is an absolute must.

Without this knowledge and experience, going outside what is enforced by the PSIR professional code of conduct can only result in inadmissible evidence if used for a court case.

A background in law enforcement

Most private investigators come from a background in law enforcement such as SAPS, however this is not a requirement, especially in a field that is constantly evolving.

Because of these constant changes and the challenges faced by the private investigator in a broad range of services, every case is different to the next, and nothing beats learning on the job, from case to case.

The ability to offer full-service investigations

When the term ‘full-service’ is applied to the services offered by the licenced investigators at King Investigators, it means just that.

This is a team that gets down to business in every case, whether for individuals, business owners planning to invest in a company (so that they know their investment will be safe) or assisting attorneys and protecting the interests of major corporations.

As the number one cheating spouse investigators in South Africa, King Investigators are unafraid to take on any challenge, however, the one type of case this team will say no to is when a client asks for services that are illegal.

The ability to work under pressure

There are times when there’s a lull in-between cases for every private investigator, however, when an investigation gets going, enormous pressure is placed on the investigator in order to bring cases to a successful close.

The private investigator has to be able to handle surveillance, which definitely carries an element of danger, then he has to change gears to hit the desk for hours and hours, sifting through more paperwork than most of us would like to deal with, and more research than we’d imagine.

The full extent of the training, time and effort put in is seldom reflected in the final report to a client, however, these qualities are essential to the successful conclusion of a case.

Honesty and integrity

Unfortunately, as with any profession, there’ll always be shady characters waiting to pounce on innocent victims, to use the fact that those who’ve never been a private investigator as a means to lead clients around an expensive bush.

Not so with Jacques Botha and his team of professional investigators.

You’ll know from the get-go where your money is going, depending on the investigation, which is just a taste of the honesty and integrity that has earned King Investigators the number one spot they’ve held for over ten years.

If you’re determined to deal with the best private investigators in Pretoria and Johannesburg, then contact King Investigators for a confidential chat that’ll make it easier to do what needs to be done for your own peace of mind, no matter what the outcome may be.