What to do if someone is harassing you via text or email

Harassment has become a common issue due to the advancement of technology today, allowing many to stalk, threaten, bully or just generally harass someone from behind a computer or from a cell phone.

The first thing to bear in mind if you’re being cyber-bullied, stalked or harassed, is that you are not to blame, you are the victim, and as such, are within your rights to seek relief or protection from it.

It’s easy to feel helpless in situations like this, it’s only natural, however, it’s important to know that there is something you can do to stop the harassment, and how to go about it.

What is cyber-bullying, stalking or harassment?

From an emotional point of view, harassing behaviour is any behaviour that is threatening or disturbing to you, anything that causes unwarranted fear in you, and it’s this elevation of fear that can lead you down the path to taking steps to stop the harassment.

Sexual harassment occurs when someone constantly tries to make unwanted advances towards you via text or online, whether via email or social media platform, and, on being rebuffed, becomes threatening. In many instances this could lead from the cyber-world into the real world, making it dangerous to handle on your own.

Emotional harassment suggests the constant occurrence of non-physical intimidation, control, punishment, humiliation or fear.

3 Steps You Can Take to Stop Harassment

Step 1: Record and organise texts or emails

You need to have a backup of emails and texts if you want to approach the police or a private investigator to investigate the harassment. Take a screenshot of every message your tormentor sends, including your replies that request them to stop the harassment.

Keep a diary, organised by date and time, so that by the time you need to take the information to the right people, they’ll have all they need to get on with protecting you and stopping the harassment.

Organise the information you’ve collected into a simple format to make it easy for the investigator to understand. Always create a duplicate folder for yourself as backup if anything is misplaced along the way to securing your safety.

Step 2: Report the harassment to the police

Go to your local police station with your information folder. Make sure to ask that you may speak to a detective rather than the desk officer, as it is the detectives that are able to investigate. Ordinary police officers only respond to suspicious activities, while detectives are able to do an actual investigation of your complaint. If it’s your child that’s being harassed, you can report it on their behalf.

Step 3: Hire a private investigator

In general, the local police force is seriously undermanned and swamped with more than what they actually able to handle, making a private investigator your best choice if you want to stop cyber-harassment of any form.

Private investigators have extensive experience with harassment cases, with their goal not only being to put an end to the harassment, but also to identify the perpetrator.

This is information they can share with the police in order to enable them to arrest the perpetrator and have a solid case against him or her. This part is vital to obtaining and enforcing court orders or obtaining jail sentences that’ll put an end the harassment.

Contact King Investigators today to take action against harassment and to take back control of your life. This team of professionals do it the right way, so that any evidence gathered will stand up to scrutiny and be a solid backup for you in court if necessary.

Reasons for the use of lie detector tests in South Africa

King Investigators is a team of professional investigators dedicated to the pursuit of truth, and, in this, they also use their skill and knowledge of polygraph testing to obtain the most accurate responses possible in an age where the use of state of the art technology during the course of investigations is an absolute necessity.

The physical responses that are elicited from people who are taking a polygraph test, such as breathing patterns, variations in blood pressure and other responses elicited through skin conductivity, are recorded as questions are put to the subject under investigation, facts which then contribute to whether someone fails or passes a polygraph test.

As polygraph specialists, King Investigators provide lie detector tests that would be applicable in circumstances as set out below:

Subject-specific testing

Where subjects are tested about a particular occurrence or crime, and their involvement in it. This is a test that isn’t about ‘he said, she said’, its aimed at finding out whether someone is involved in a crime or in an incident that has caused harm, whether to people or to property. The police services often rely on King Investigators to assist with lie detector tests as they have to be carried out by a registered professional.

Confirmatory tests

Supporting honesty of claims. These lie detector tests are used when there are more than one person involved in a situation, especially if contradictory statements are presented by several individuals regarding the same matter.

Routine tests

In certain industries, such as in financial institutions, the gold and diamond mining industry, as well as in businesses that are heavily involved with product development that requires a high level of secrecy and security, an employer can request regular lie detector tests, however, it needs to be part of the employment package right from the start.

To remain fair, complying with the Labour Relations Act means that a lie detector test can’t be used unfairly against an individual singled out from the rest, if it applies to one, it has to apply to all.

To be noted here though is the fact that no employee can be forced to take a lie detector test if it’s not part of company culture. Here again, a lie detector test has to be conducted by a professional investigator with the necessary skill and knowledge to use the right equipment to ensure scientific validity.

As with any lie detector test results, these are merely to be used as supporting evidence of wrongdoing, in conjunction with other evidence obtained in the investigation.

Pre-employment polygraph tests

If you are planning to employ someone and they have nothing to hide, letting them know at the outset that they’re going to need to take a pre-employment polygraph test shouldn’t be too much of a problem. They can of course refuse, but then you can move on to the next applicant.

It could protect you from trouble further down the line, especially if there are skeletons in the cupboard such as drug or alcohol abuse, fraud, theft or a background of sexual harassment.  These are all very costly mistakes for any company to make when employing someone like this.

Cover all your bases by contacting King Investigators

If you are considering hiring a private investigator in South Africa to assist you with expert polygraph testing (lie detector tests) or voice stress analysis testing, contact King Investigators, the trusted name in the industry.

This is a team of professionals you can rely on to get to the bottom of any question of wrongdoing, and they’ll save you a lot of money in the process!

4 Reasons that make employee background checks essential in 2020

As a business owner, you may well have hired someone in the past that in hindsight you wished you hadn’t, especially if they have in any way acted in a manner that short-changed your business.

Perhaps you’d have known that the possibility existed that they wouldn’t be good for your business had you invested in an in-depth background check carried out by professionals.

This is where a professional investigative company like King Investigators comes into the picture, a picture well worth cultivating as a prevention rather than a cure, since the one is infinitely better than the other that requires damage control.

This team of professionals is able to work out a system that will work to your benefit whenever you really need the goods on someone’s background.

Here are a few things you may not have known about how in-depth background checks work, to give insight into what makes it worth having a private investigator on retainer with your company to do this for you.

  1. A centralised global database for criminal background checks for employment doesn’t exist

One misconception about criminal background checks, is that there is one database that carries all criminal records filed globally, which, while accurate to a certain extent, does not cover it all. Criminal records are spread across various databases internationally, compiled by different law enforcement bodies, making it a lot more complex than just typing a name into a program and hitting enter.

2. There are various types of background checks, not just criminal history checks

When you hear the term “background checks” you instantly think “criminal history, however, there are other checks that will also stand you in good stead if you’re to know who you’re really dealing with.

Credit history checks, sex offender registry checks, driving record checks, employment history checks and more all fall under this, however, as a private individual, you can only go so far before you need the services of a professional who knows exactly how to access records and databases you won’t have access to.

3. Using social media platforms for background checks won’t take you far enough

Contrary to popular belief, looking up your applicant on social media won’t qualify as an in-depth background check, and can’t be counted as due diligence. The information people post on social media platforms isn’t always the truth either, though it may give you an idea of their social life, but that’s about it. Its worth going to an in-depth level to protect your business as much as is possible, from the outset.

4. A background check can be used to identify inaccurate information on CV’s

Without doing a thorough background check you’ll never know if the info provided by an applicant in their CV is in fact accurate and true. Candidates are willing to give false information to improve their chances of getting hired, and, there are syndicates standing by to back up this false information should you wish to contact previous employers.

Though technology has brought a lot of positives with it, it has also made it easier for would-be fraudsters and criminals to gain access to businesses for nefarious reasons. A private investigator can provide far deeper verification checks that will allow you to know exactly who you are dealing with, right from day 1.

King Investigators will deliver in-depth background reports to you within 24 hours, reports that are thorough and professional enough to give you confidence about the decision you’ll be making, whether taking on a new employee, investing in a new company or taking on a new partner.

Should you require the assistance of trusted, reliable private investigators in South Africa to do background checks, please don’t hesitate to contact the team at King Investigators today, it’ll be one of the best investments in the future you’ll make!



How to Trace a Long Lost Relative Quickly

If you’ve been wanting to reconnect with a long-lost relative or friend, you probably already know that there are a few things you need to take into account before you tackle tracing him or her.

It may also be someone you’ve last seen in high school and you’d like to catch up after years apart, or perhaps to reconnect with a long lost romantic partner to find out how they’re doing. Perhaps you’ve lost touch with an adult child or parent after a falling out and would like to reunite and make amends.

No matter who you may want to find or reconnect with, tracing someone on your own isn’t something done easily, which is why we’ve covered a few steps you could take to start out on your search.

  1. Gather information

You’ll find that information is going to trump any other way you may think of trying when you begin trying to trace someone.

It’ll be good to gather as much information from as many sources as possible to start off with. Trying to remember or find details like where they were born, their date of birth, middle initials, last known location, career information, hobbies as well as details regarding their personality such as quirks, likes and dislikes. Even the smallest detail could be a great help in tracing someone.

2. Start with search engines and social media platforms

With as much information on hand regarding the person you are looking for, start with search engines like Google, Bing and Yahoo, you’d be amazed at the wealth of information gathered by the internet, even on individuals.

Another excellent place to start would be on social networking sites, such as Facebook, which has over a billion users globally, making them the biggest search engine by far and a good place to start. You can look for someone using their name, location and even a group like their graduating class from high school or athletics team.

3. Hire a private investigator

If, after all of this, you still haven’t made headway, the next step would be to hire a private investigator, and a decent one, with the right credentials won’t charge you a fortune either if you’re hesitant to do so on the basis of finances.

King Investigators in Gauteng has a team with the training, experience, skill and tools necessary to find people who have gone missing. Here it’s also vital to provide them with as much information as possible to make tracing the person a viable investigation to tackle.

Even a team this professional needs a few clues from which to start tracing missing people or long lost friends and family!

If you want the real deal, and to know that you’ve done all you can to find someone, then contact King Investigators today for a chat about where to next.