Private investigators use undercover surveillance as an effective tool for gathering evidence in specific investigations

Yes, it’s true, social media platforms, the news, conspiracy theorists and alarmists have definitely given the word ‘surveillance’ a bad reputation, which is deserved, but only in certain instances, such as when a government is spying on its people.

None of us want ‘Big Brother’ listening in on all our devices, or spying on our web activities, but when it comes to undercover surveillance carried out by trained private investigators, it’s a completely different thing, and, in many instances, can save lives.

Undercover surveillance is very necessary tool used for many purposes, and when carried out by private investigators who are ethical, and respect the rules and regulations of their industry, it’s a highly effective tool for gathering a wealth of evidence in many cases.

When you work with King Investigators, undoubtedly a team of the best surveillance private investigators in Pretoria and Johannesburg, surveillance is to document the activities of a subject under surveillance, their contacts, movements and activities for very specific reasons, on behalf of a client.

Undercover surveillance is never carried out by this team without it being a part of a specific case under investigation.

The reasons to use undercover surveillance are varied, and include situations such as:

  • Civil and criminal investigations
  • Business intelligence
  • Due Diligence Investigations
  • Cheating spouses and infidelity
  • Stalking and harassment
  • Employee theft, fraud and misappropriation of company funds
  • Surveillance of employees, as well as representatives of a company when out on the road
  • Child custody and Child abduction cases
  • Illegal drug activities
  • Spousal abuse & child abuse

Methods used in surveillance:

  • Physical surveillance

Physical surveillance isn’t limited to keeping the subject of the investigation under physical observation.  It can also include using state of the art audio and visual recording devices to capture what is being observed by the investigator as evidence.

These types of devices not only add to the effectiveness of physical surveillance, but also act as further evidentiary backup of evidence being collected.

Physical surveillance can be very high risk for a private investigator. They are susceptible to being detected out in the field, by the wrong people or by the subject under surveillance, because the investigator has to stay as close as possible to the subject under investigation, yet not attract attention.

For instance, if an investigator needs to gain access to a business in which illegal activities are suspected, the investigator needs to be able to blend in without attracting attention to themselves.

  • Electronic Surveillance

Electronic surveillance involves having access to data transmissions, whether from mobile devices or desktop computers, as well as audio and video recording equipment that’ll be used to monitor the behaviour of the person under surveillance around the clock, if necessary.

GPS also plays a major part in electronic surveillance.  It is one of the most effective ways of keeping track, from a distance, of where the subject under investigation is travelling, and which routes are used in the process.

It’s important to note here that a GPS device can only be attached to a vehicle owned and registered in the client’s name, any other way is considered illegal and will be thrown out of court.

Many companies that have trucks and representatives out on the road all day make use of GPS devices monitored by private investigators. This is aimed at keeping track of what the employee is really up to when he or she leaves the business premises, especially if there are suspicions of illegal activities.

Why choose King Investigators in Johannesburg and Pretoria?

Ethics and professionalism! This is an ethical, honest and professional team that has the training and long-term experience to carry out undercover surveillance, to the extent that when this team provides a client with evidence, it’ll be of the quality that will stand up in court, without a doubt!

Call the owner of King Investigators, Jacques Botha, for a free confidential consultation today, it’s the best way for you to find out for yourself what makes King Investigators the most professional surveillance service in South Africa!


Qualities to look for when you decide to hire a private investigator in Gauteng

The first thing you need to do if you’re thinking about hiring a private investigator for, any reason, is to make sure that you’ll be dealing with an expert investigator who is licensed, registered and wholly professional!

The true measure of a successful private investigator is that he has the ability to carry out undercover surveillance and the ability to, at the opposite end of this spectrum, sift through reams of legally collected, highly analytical information to come to an honest conclusion of the facts.

You do need to take note of the fact that any information has to be collected within legal guidelines, which means that you’ll want to know more about how important ethics are to your private investigator!

Based on a solid reputation, if you hire a private investigations firm like King Investigators in Johannesburg and Pretoria to tackle your case, you can rely on the fact that they’ll have built up an essential network of contacts that are also key to successful investigative collaboration.

This network would also include working with the police as well as with law firms, which is why it’s essential that a professional private investigator also have a good grasp on the law, as well as on the legalities of how evidence is allowed to be gathered, to be of any value.

Here are a few of the major qualities to look for in a private investigator:

  • Tenacity

This is one of the most important qualities you’ll be looking for in the investigator you choose to hire. You need to know that he’ll be willing to chase down all the leads, and pursue all evidence, until there’s no stone unturned!

  • Confidentiality

References from previous clients will give you confidence to feel that you can trust your private investigator implicitly with all the details of the investigation being carried out on your behalf, so ask for them.

  • Experience

Of course everyone has to start somewhere, but don’t place your trust in a private investigator who doesn’t have a lot of on-the-ground experience in every avenue of investigation.

  • Exceptional judgement

You really need to be able to think on your feet to adjust to changing conditions and situations during the course of an investigation, especially in an undercover surveillance scenario. It’s essential that, based on your own homework, that you’ll feel you can trust your private investigator to exercise good judgement throughout the investigation, and to keep your safety a top priority.

  • Technological know-how

In our rapid-paced, digital-driven age, it’s essential that a private investigator remains on the cutting edge of technology!  The use of technology easily reduces time spent on some investigations. This knowledge also means that the investigator know just how to access data and research a subject under investigation, without leaving the office.

Social networking sites, mobile phones, employment histories and other highly specialised databases are all there for the taking, but it takes someone with specialist knowledge to go deeper than what is on the surface for all to see. This would mean that you’re are dealing with a true professional on the cutting edge of 21st century private investigation!

  • Time management

Time management is an essential skill in an investigator. It’s the proof in the pudding that his investigation will be handled efficiently and timeously!  Ultimately, it’s time management plus skill that will also save you money.

These are only a few of the most important qualities that you should be on the lookout for before you hire a private investigator and before you sign on the bottom line!

Keeping all this in mind, why not contact King Investigators in Gauteng to find out more about their professional investigative services?

With over 10 years’ worth of experience in the industry, and more than enough of these all-important qualities to instill confidence, King Investigators is a team on standby to offer you extensive knowledge in every aspect of investigations, criminal and civil!

Make the call now and set your mind at ease, no matter what the case may be!


Are you willing to take background checks seriously in your business & private life?

We live at an exceptionally fast pace in the 21st century, one that’s dominated by the growth of technology and social media platforms, and, in this age, this technology can easily be used to fool others, which is why it’s become more important today to do in-depth background checks on people, whether you are comfortable with it or not.

None of us really wants to have to dig up any details about a new love interest, however, the risks are just too great to take a chance on your innocent ‘gut’ feeling that says everything’s okay.

Anyone contemplating a new romantic relationship is vulnerable, susceptible to the dictates of the heart, which is why we should be more careful, so that we know what we’re getting into before any hearts are broken.

The seemingly perfect love interest could quite possibly turn out to be someone with a history of abusive behaviour, an alcoholic or drug addict. There are other issues that could cause untold pain by the time you’re in too deep!

This is when you may want to face reality and talk to a registered, professional and trusted private investigator in South Africa.

The team of private investigators at King Investigators have seen it all, and as a result, are really sensitive to the difficulties of investigating someone new in your life.

On the business front, wouldn’t you want to be absolutely certain that you have all the right information on hand before you consider taking on a new business partner? Having this solid, in-depth background information up-front could save you from being hit hard, either in terms of financial fraud or the selling of company trade secrets?

If you’re planning to merge with another company, or, if you’re starting a new business with a few different investors, it’ll be just as important have as much real information as possible about all the players, before you sign on the dotted line.

Owner of King Investigators, Jacques Botha, points out that ‘If someone you’re taking on as a new business partner is already hiding assets and wealth from you before the ink is dry on paper, how much will you be able to trust them in your own venture?’ 

You might end up kissing your money and/or reputation goodbye, and, in the current downgraded economic climate, no one can afford mistakes like this.

On a more personal level, some divorce proceedings become a battleground, with parties hiding wealth and other assets they have no desire to part with in the divorce!

In all these cases, only a registered private investigator can gather the in-depth facts about these issues. They do so using tools and techniques that are not available to the general public, or to anyone who is not a licensed investigator.

In-depth employee background checks and comprehensive employment reports have also become a necessity in this day and age of technologically enhanced fraud. What it says on the CV isn’t necessarily the truth unfortunately.

Not every company dismisses an employee gives the reason for the dismissal or bothers to press charges in serious offences. This means you could end up with an employee who looks good at face value, but dig a little deeper, and you may be in for more than your fair share of trouble!

In the final analysis, along with considering that there are many other situations that require a deep background investigation, investing in a background check, whether for personal or business reasons, will be a priceless asset if it means that you’re protected on all fronts.

Contact Jacques Botha and his team of private investigators at King Investigators in Gauteng to set your mind at ease with professional, in-depth background checks that’ll save money and time for your business, and avoid a lot of heartache on a personal level.

Call the best cheating spouse detective in South Africa if you need evidence that’ll stand up in court

If you’ve reached the point of wanting to find a private investigator because you suspect infidelity on the part of your spouse, you already know you’re entering uncharted and overwhelming territory. What may help is to keep in mind, that though you may know of no one who has taken this route, many have. If it weren’t so, there would be no need for a cheating spouse detective!

The best you can do for yourself is to find an investigator who will offer you the support and understanding you’re going to need during a painful experience like this!

Another point think about, is that you may want a private investigator who is able to network with other professionals around the globe if your  suspected cheating spouse is traveling extensively.

This is the type of experience you’ll have at your disposal if you chose to hire the seasoned professionals at King Investigators in Pretoria and Johannesburg.

This team works with international clients who may need someone on the ground in South Africa. This is due to the fact that only someone who understands the local culture and if familiar with the local scene will be effective in carrying out surveillance without being detected.

As a result of having carried out investigations, some of which have been high risk, in countries such as Brazil, Argentina, Lesotho, Mozambique, Swaziland and Namibia, there is really no border a cheating spouse can cross, without a King Investigator acting as a shadow!

How does a private investigator go about gathering evidence of whether or not a spouse is cheating?

  • Surveillance

Whatever you do, don’t try to carry out undercover surveillance on your own! All that will do is add further pain and possibly more complications than it’s worth!  It takes extensive training and experience to use techniques that’ll leave a cheater completely unaware that they’re under surveillance.  Undercover surveillance includes recording videos and taking photos of all your spouse’s activities during the investigation. What can’t be seen on a photo or in a video will be given to you in a written report at the conclusion of the investigation.

  • Sticking to the rules of undercover surveillance

King Investigators is registered with the PSIRA, and in the many years they’ve been in the industry as a top investigations company in Gauteng, South Africa, they’ve yet to overstep or flout the rules and regulations governing the surveillance industry.

  • Expert planning for surveillance

The team at King Investigators will meet with you to get as much insight into your situation as possible before the actual planning of the investigation begins.

They’ll need to know as much as possible about your spouse and his or her usual routines, before they can provide you with a cost effective surveillance plan, according to your budget. They will always keep in mind and respect that whatever they do is done solely according to your requirements.  Whether one or more investigator will be required will be decided at this stage, depending on the information you’ve shared with the team, as well as on the general behaviour and routines of your spouse.

  • Your role in the investigation

Once owner Jacques Botha and his team begin undercover surveillance on your spouse, you have to do everything to try and keep things as normal as possible in the meantime, so that you don’t compromise the investigation.

Don’t start asking your spouse questions you haven’t asked before, or behave any differently than before, no matter how challenging this will be under the circumstances.  By doing this, you’ll ensure that your spouse doesn’t become suspicious during the investigation.

  • Presentation of the evidence

As specialists in undercover surveillance, Jacques and his team make use state of the art video equipment to provide you with video evidence, as well as with time-stamped still photos. This would include a detailed professional report once all the evidence has been obtained. This is evidence you can rely on to be incontrovertible, to the extent that it’ll stand up to any scrutiny, including in a court case.

If you’re sixth sense won’t leave you in peace about whether you’re living with a cheater, and you’ve taken the decision to hire the best cheating spouse detective in South Africa, take that step and speak to King Investigators about a free consultation, in absolute confidence. They know how tough this call will be and will deal with your concerns with a sensitivity you will find comforting at this difficult time.