The role that undercover surveillance plays in private investigations

The gadgets used in James Bond movies are pretty much part of our culture today, a culture in which every second person has a drone for instance, for private use, or a mobile phone that can record anything they want for their own purposes.

This is just one bit of technology that has become commonplace in our technological age, however, the use of any technology today for the purposes of carrying out surveillance has to be approached very carefully from a legal aspect.

Unfortunately private individuals are not up on the laws governing the use of any of these forms of surveillance, which can lead to prosecution if they’re caught doing so by the person under surveillance.

Where it comes to undercover surveillance on the part of a professional private investigator, he will know exactly where the legal boundaries are for every aspect of an investigation.

This is knowledge that’s essential if any part of the evidence gathered during surveillance is to be documented as evidence to be presented in court as irrefutable.

So what is surveillance?

At the bottom line, surveillance plays a major role in terms of time spent on any case in the life of a private investigator. But before you get the idea that surveillance is a thrill a minute for the investigator you need to know that he’ll also spend a major chunk of his time on analysing reams of information and data gathered during investigations.

Surveillance is carried out across a broad range of cases, such as:

  • Locating missing persons
  • Proof of infidelity
  • Proof of fitness to have child custody
  • Proof that visitation rights are in the child’s best interest and are being followed according to the court order
  • Insurance fraud
  • Employee Theft
  • Business surveillance i.e. surveillance of employees and company representatives
  • Civil and criminal investigations i.e. when police are no longer able to continue an investigation and need assistance to gather more evidence in order to bring charges against a suspect
  • Harassment

Remaining undetected during surveillance

Remaining undetected by the subject under surveillance is a technique that requires a high level of training, as well as many years’ worth of experience in the field.

Should an investigator be detected it could damage the case and any chances there may have been for a successful outcome.

Remaining unnoticed requires the use of varied techniques, which includes being able to melt into the background so that not even the general public will be aware of what the investigator is doing.

It’s for this reason that it’s best to use a private detective who’s familiar with the lay of the land and the culture of the country too. As an example, a company such as King Investigators is often used by international investigators to carry out surveillance on their behalf in South Africa.

Technology and surveillance

King Investigators remain at the forefront of technological advances in their industry, which means that you can rely on them to have all the right equipment to carry out all forms of surveillance, while remaining within the letter of the law.

As an example, today GPS monitoring can easily be used to track a subject, which can save time, which also means lowering costs for the client.  The only hitch with using a GPS device for tracking is that it can only be used if the owner gives permission.

If infidelity is suspected, the spouse under investigation often uses a car that is registered to the client, in which case permission is easily granted.

If you’d like to know more about how King Investigators are able to use surveillance as a means of documenting and supporting their findings in a case, then please call Jacques Botha today.

Jacques is a licensed private investigator and heads a team of seasoned investigators in Pretoria and Johannesburg who’ve earned a spot as one of the top professional investigative firms in South Africa after over ten years in the industry.

More professional than this you will not find!


Do you suspect that your partner is cheating on you?

If you do, then you’re already going through emotions that range from fear of the truth to the pain of betrayal, along with the anger that may also be a part of the fear and pain.

At this point it may not help to know that you’re not alone, but it’s the sad truth that in our modern society flooded with technology, it’s become easier to have an affair than it ever was before.

Many affairs start online or through the use of mobile apps, which makes it a small leap to setting up a date to meet the person that’s been on the other end of the conversation, opening wide the door to actual cheating.

There are people caught in the same place as you who decide to hire a private investigator simply to set their mind at ease, as many of the signs that point to cheating can be misconstrued, but knowing is better than suspecting!

None of us wants to look the proof in the eye, but if there is proof of infidelity you are then in the position of deciding whether to continue the relationship, with a lot of hard work, or to put an end to it, no matter how painful.

Deciding to hire a cheating spouse detective is entering unchartered waters that are daunting, aside from the emotional cost, but, if you hire the right private investigator you’ll be dealing with a professional who’s already, sadly, seen it all.

Finding a private investigator that handles your case with sensitivity right from the outset is what you deserve during this time. This is so that you’ll feel you have the support and understanding that’ll make your decision to take your suspicions into the realm of reality a little easier to swallow.

How it works when King Investigators handle finding proof of infidelity.

  • The initial consultation

When you meet Jacques Botha, owner of King Investigators, for the first time, he’ll have a confidential conversation with you about what type of evidence you need, whether it’s for a divorce, or as the kind of proof that’ll allow you to decide on what to do next in your relationship.

  • Costs

There are ways in which the costs of the investigation into infidelity can be structured to suit your budget, and at your initial meeting with King Investigators you’ll know clearly what you’ll be in for where it comes to the cost of the investigation.

King Investigators believes and stands by their commitment to providing information honestly and as timely as possible so as to retain their reputation for integrity and professionalism in the industry and among their clients.

The investigation


As trained, experienced professionals, King Investigators are top in their field in terms of surveillance tactics. This means that the cheater will never be any the wiser to the fact that they are under surveillance, and through the use of the latest technology, everything that is contained in the final report is also documented by time stamped videos and photos where necessary.

Yet again, ethics are at the forefront of the way in which this team gathers information, ensuring that any evidence collected is irrefutable and legally obtained.

Initial planning

In order to lay effective plans for surveillance in your case, King Investigators will need as much information as you can provide about your spouse and his or her movements in general.

This also determines the type of surveillance that will be carried out, such as whether more than one investigator will be needed to carry out the surveillance.

Stepping back on your part

One of the most important roles you’ll have to play during the investigation is to keep things as normal as possible so that you don’t in any way let him or her know what’s going on, which could compromise the investigation.

King Investigators knows that this won’t be easy, which is why they’ll give you tips about being able to cope during the investigation.

The conclusion

At the conclusion of the case, King Investigators will provide you with a professionally compiled written report, supported by video and photographic evidence, which will be able to be used in a court of law without compromise.

Why King Investigators is considered the top cheating spouse detectives in South Africa

Simply put, along with honesty and integrity as a baseline for the way in which this team operates, King Investigators in no way steps outside of the law when gathering evidence.

As a result of this, you can trust this team to provide evidence that’s untainted and strictly in accordance with the code of ethics enforced by PSIRA, which is the governing body overseeing the industry.

Contact King Investigators today if you need professional advice about how to take the next step in finding proof of cheating or infidelity.





Check these qualities before you hire a private investigator

There are private investigators, and then there are private investigators, and the distinction between the two halves of the same thing will be in the credentials that the private investigator is able to present to you.

If you make the mistake of hiring a private investigator that isn’t licensed, you’ll have no recourse should any of his investigative tactics lead to evidence that is tainted due to the manner in which it’s been collected.

The full report you expect from the private investigator you have hired will have required minute attention to detail in analysing any data and information that is collected, which is where a lot of investigators fall short of the mark.

Any information or evidence has to be traced in compliance with strict industry standards for it to be of any value at all, especially if it’s to be used in a court case.

A knowledge of the law is another prerequisite for private investigators, in order to be able to present to any court of law evidence that is irrefutable and is of such a standard that the investigator seldom has to appear in court himself.

When you hire King Investigators in Pretoria and Johannesburg you will immediately know that ethics and honesty are values that underpin all investigations carried out by this professional team of private investigators, living up to all the aspects of everything discussed above.

Qualities to look for before hiring a private investigator

  • Experience

Nothing beats experience in the world of private investigations!  An inexperienced private investigator can endanger the entire investigation and even drag the client into the same danger, especially in undercover operations.

For instance, if an investigator is following a cheating spouse and he is detected by the person under investigation, it will alert that person to the fact that his or her spouse has hired a private detective, which is when it could become dangerous for the client.

  • Trust in confidentiality

If you don’t feel that you can trust your private investigator to treat your information and investigation with absolute confidentiality you’re probably right.

A private investigator should be able to reassure you that your information is kept securely, in other words, that it’s kept off-site of his office in a secure location so that there is no chance that it can be stolen in a robbery.

  • Established networking

Private investigators don’t work in a vacuum on their own.  They need to have built up a trusted network of contacts that are available to provide outside resources that may be required during an investigation.

This networking includes those who are able to gain access to information not freely available even to investigators, and may even include working with and assisting the local police.

  • Diligence

Diligence and a doggedness to pursue every avenue of investigation to the point of exhaustion is an essential quality that should be second nature to any great private investigator.

This is the stuff that makes an investigator dig deeper when it seems that there’s nowhere else to go, because it is often at this point that the breakthrough finally happens.

  • Instinctive judgement

Finely tuned instincts lead to an ability on the part of a private investigator to adapt to changing circumstances quickly and to think on his feet, especially when it comes to undercover surveillance when anything can, and often does happen.

  • Communication

As the client, you’ll want to be kept up to date with the investigation and to have an open line of communication with your investigator. You’ll already know you’ve chosen the right investigator at your first meeting based on the openness of his communication with regard to everything to do with handing the investigation for you, which will continue throughout the investigation.

All these qualities and more are clearly evident at King Investigators

If you’d like to find out more about what it’ll be like to work with consummate professionals, contacting King Investigators will answer all your questions to allay any doubts you may have about hiring a private investigator in South Africa.

This is a team that has the highest level of credentials to bring to your case, so that by the time you receive your final report it’ll be wrapped up neatly with evidence that’ll make sure you come out on top, whether in court or for private purposes.

Background checks – should you or shouldn’t you

Background checks are touchy subject for most people on the receiving end of them, however, in many instances carrying out background checks are one of the best forms of protection, whether for a company or for an individual.

Today we have the technology that makes it easy for anyone to manufacture a false CV and then to enlist the help of others to act as false references for previously held positions.

Added to this is the fact that most companies find it easier to fire someone found guilty of any act that may involve theft or fraud than to take them to court.

They won’t include the details of wrongdoing in the reference they give the perpetrator, and the only thing that should raise red flags for a potential employer is that there’ll be no glowing recommendation for the ex-employee.

Let’s look at the different reasons that background checks are requested on the part of:


  • Pre-employment background checks

Knowing who you’re employing has become essential today, and it’s become commonplace in business to advise any job applicants that a pre-employment screening and background check will be carried out before they’ll be considered for employment.

This goes to what was said above regarding the falsifying of CV’s and educational levels reached.  If the position you’re looking to fill is a particularly sensitive one in which the employee will have access to highly confidential data, or financial management, you will save yourself a lot of time and money by doing a background check, rather than trying to deal with the fallout after the fact.

  • New business partners

If your company is considering bringing in a new partner or adding a new member to the board of directors, you’re definitely want to know the full story behind the person before taking any decisions.

What a background check will do is to reveal issues such as whether they have ever been involved in fraud, suspected of selling of company secrets or hiding assets from you.

This and more goes to whether you’ll be able to trust the new partner or investor with your company, knowledge of which will go a long way to protecting you from future loss, whether financially or by way of impacting your reputation.


New relationships

Past abuse, drug abuse and fraud are just a few of the issues one might want to know something about before getting in too deep with a new love interest.

It’s not pleasant, but it’s about self-protection in the long term.  We all know that abusers often start out behaving in a way that would make any woman feel like a queen before the ugly truth starts coming out at a later stage.

Drug abuse is another issue that can be hidden initially, especially from those who don’t have much experience about drugs, but at some point later in the relationship these things all start becoming obvious.

The pain that comes with revelations such as these is better avoided by being proactive about your protection right from the start, hiring a private investigator to dig where you aren’t able to.

Divorce cases

When it comes to splitting assets 50-50 most divorces become a battlefield in which one or the other spouse deliberately hides assets in an attempt to defraud the other party in the divorce.

Not every spouse knows what’s going on with the assets of their partner, but when it comes to the divorce, this has to change to protect their future and that of their children.

Only a determined, professional private investigator can do the kind of in-depth check into any hidden assets your spouse has not declared, which is why private investigators are often used by lawyers during divorce cases.

Protect yourself or your company today by hiring a private investigator to carry out background checks.

King Investigators has been trusted by companies and individuals for over ten years now, providing them with in-depth background reports that influence many decisions in favour of those requesting the background checks.

Contact King Investigators today for a confidential chat about why you’d be interested in initiating a background check for your protection. This team of professionals will provide you with comprehensive background checks with a turnaround time of 24 hours.

Save yourself time, money and heartache by making the right choice about whether you should or shouldn’t invest in a background check!