What to Do If Someone Is Harassing You by Text or Email

Harassment has become a common issue with the advancement of technology. It has become easier to bully people from behind a computer or smartphone screen.

One thing you have to remember is that is isn’t your fault. You are being harassed which makes you the victim. Feeling helpless is natural but it’s important to know that there is something you can do to stop the harassment.

What Is Harassing Behaviour?

From a legal point of view, harassing behaviour is any behaviour that seems threatening or disturbing. Sexual harassment occurs when someone constantly tries to make unwanted advances towards you and refusal will have a dangerous result. More often than not, this happens in the workplace.

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 someone to investigate the harassment. Take a screenshot of every message your taunter sends as well as the reply where you tell them to stop the harassment.

Contact your cell phone provider to get and ask them for a copy of your text message information. They keep a record of the number of texts sent and received by a specific number.

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.

Step 2: Report harassment to the police

Go to your local police station with your information folder. Ask to speak to a detective, not an officer. Officers only respond to suspicious activities while detectives are able to investigate cases. If there isn’t a detective, ask for a business card or number and give them a call. If it’s your child that’s being harassed, you can report it on their behalf.

Step 3: Hire a private investigator

Get help from a private investigator if the local police can’t help you. Private investigators have extensive experience with harassment cases and their goal is to stop the harassment but also to identify the criminal. By doing this, they can share the information with the police. This part is vital to obtaining and enforcing court orders that will end the harassment.

Take action against harassment by hiring professional private investigators in South Africa. Get in touch with King Investigators today!

Reasons You Might Need To Take A Lie Detector Test

King Investigators are devoted to the truth and utilises polygraph testing to obtain accurate responses. While the individual is being interrogated and replies to some different questions, the lie detector test measures and records various physical reactions, for example, variations in blood pressure,  breathing patterns and skin conductivity. We offer the following lie detector test options:

Specific testing:

Where subjects are tested about a particular occurrence or crime.

Confirmatory tests:

Supporting honesty of claims – particularly if a couple of contradictory statements are presented by several individuals regarding the same matter.

Routine tests:

To determine the trustworthiness of your current staff members. These kinds of tests are typically done every three to four times per year and is an effective strategy to prevent theft and dishonesty in the office.

Pre-employment assessments:

Occupation validation and credibility concerning an individual’s job application. A lie detector test illustrates any participation in fraud, theft or drugs.

Criminal examination:

Fingerprints are recorded via a fingerprint reader to the SAPS with a return outcome analysis within 36 hours.

Tracing services:

These solutions can uncover info about ex-husbands or ex-wives, for instance, their financial position concerning child maintenance, track the location of individuals for outstanding financial debt. Alternative results include the uncovering of financial records, debt reviews, fraudulent activity detection, traces in respect of ignored court hearings, tracking of third parties and witnesses in car accidents, acquiring of automobile accident reports from police and traffic departments, insurance info and claims.

Validation services:

These services include:

  • The exposing of title search confirmation
  • Business asset validation
  • Vehicle verification data
  • Banking account authentication
  • Credit report checks
  • Verifying academic certification
  • Job verification
  • Individual verification assistance
  • Date of birth
  • ID numbers
  • Registration numbers
  • Full names and surnames
  • Home and office address details
  • E-mail addresses
  • Resumes
  • Verification of insurance information
  • Beneficiaries of estates
  • Relationship/marriage status
  • Alive/deceased status
  • Connections and associates

Contact King Investigators to book your lie detector test today.


How to Trace a Long Lost Relative Quickly

If you’ve ever imagined what it would be like to reconnect with a long-lost relative or friend, you’ve probably thought about trying to track them down. It might be someone you’ve last seen in high school and you’re wondering what they’re up to. Maybe you’re curious about a former romantic partner. Or perhaps it’s a child or parent you’ve lost touch with after a falling out and you’re hoping to reunite and make amends.

No matter who you’re trying to find and why, tracing someone is difficult. Which is why we’ve compiled some steps you can take to start your search.

  1. Collect information

You’ll want to spend time gathering information about the person you’re trying to locate from various sources. Try to remember 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 slightest of details might help to trace them.

  1. Start searching

Once you’ve gathered as much information on the person in question, start searching immediately. Search engines like google, bing and yahoo are an effective way to obtain information instantly. Another excellent starting point would be social networking sites. Facebook, for instance, has over a billion users globally, making them the biggest search engine by far. You can look for someone using their name, location and even a group like their graduating class from high school.

  1. Hire a private investigator

If you still can’t find the person you wish to trace, you might want to consider hiring a private investigator. They have the experience, skills and tools necessary to find people who have disappeared. It’s vital to provide them with as much information as possible since their ability to trace someone essentially relies on this.

If you’ve been trying to find someone without success, you might want to hire King Investigators to help you find them. Don’t wait any longer, get in touch today.


4 Things You Should Know About Background Checks of Potential Employees

As a business owner, you’ve most probably hired someone in the past that you wished you didn’t. If you had taken the time to do a thorough background check, you’d have known that they weren’t a good fit for your business. But you won’t make the same mistake again. Not when there are organisations like King Investigators that offer in-depth background checks and is more than happy to help you develop a system that works for your company.

If you’ve ever wondered how background checks work, below are some things you might not have known.

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

One of the biggest misconceptions about criminal background checks is that there is one database that carries all criminal records filed in South Africa. It couldn’t be further from the truth. Criminal records are spread across various databases making it much more complex than just typing a name into a program and hitting enter.

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

When you hear the term “background checks” you instantly think “criminal history”. But it doesn’t stop there. You can do credit history checks, sex offender registry checks, driving record checks, employment history checks and more. You can select the type of checks to run on potential employees but you might want to go beyond criminal histor

  1. You can’t use social media for background checks

Contrary to popular belief, looking up your applicant on social media doesn’t count as a legitimate background check since it won’t qualify as due diligence. If your applicant commits a crime, it won’t save you from liability you might have predicted with a lawful check.

  1. 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 is in fact true. Candidates are willing to give false information to improve their chances of getting hired. A private investigator can offer verification checks that will allow you to find out the truth.

At King Investigators, our background reports can be delivered within 24 hours and are very thorough. If you need the help of reliable private investigators in South Africa to do background checks on your applicants, get in touch with the team today.

Surveillance techniques used by private investigators don’t deserve the bad rap they’ve earned!

Yes, it’s true, social media platforms, the news and conspiracy theorists or alarmists have definitely given the word ‘surveillance’ a bad rap, which is deserved, but only in certain instances.

None of us want ‘Big Brother’ listening in on all our devices or spying on all our web activities, however, when it comes to private investigators, surveillance takes on a completely different meaning.

The negative rap earned about surveillance does not apply to registered, ethical, experienced and professional private investigators at all.

It is a necessary tool used for many purposes, and when carried out by private investigators who are determined to stick to the rules and regulations of their industry, a highly effective tool for the gathering of evidence for many different reasons.

When you deal with King Investigators, undoubtedly a team of the best surveillance private investigators in Pretoria and Johannesburg, surveillance is used as a highly effective tool to document the interactions of the subject of surveillance, their contacts, movements and activities for very specific reasons.

The reasons for surveillance are varied and include situations such as:

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

It’s important to note that a private investigator has the ability to carry out surveillance remotely and in person, but this depends entirely on what the situation calls for, and what is required by the client.

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, and with the growth of technology in recent years, these devices are more sensitive than one can imagine.

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

Physical surveillance carries a lot of risk for a private investigator in terms of being susceptible to detection, because the investigator has to stay as close as possible to the subject under investigation, yet not attract attention.

This is also where undercover work comes in for a private investigator.  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 will 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.

Many companies that have trucks and representatives out on the road all day make use of GPS devices monitored by private investigators, aimed at keeping track of what is happening once the employee has left the business premises, especially if there are suspicions of illegal activities.

It’s essential to note that only a registered private investigator is allowed by law to use electronic surveillance devices, and even then, there are restrictions placed on exactly how and when these devices may be used!

Why choose King Investigators in Johannesburg and Pretoria?

Because they are ethical, honest and professional in all they do when performing surveillance, and when this team provides any client with evidence of wrongdoing, it’s of the quality that will stand up in court, without question!

Call the owner of King Investigators, Jacques Botha for a free confidential consultation to find out for yourself why King Investigators offers the most professional surveillance services in South Africa!

Qualities to look for when you need a highly effective private investigator.

The very first thing to do when you are considering hiring a private investigator for any reason, is to make sure that you will be dealing with someone who is licensed, registered and wholly professional!

The true measure of a successful private investigator will be in just how strong the ability of the investigator is to give a full report based on carefully collected, highly analytical information.

It also has to be stressed here that this information has to be collected within legal guidelines, which means that you will want to find out about how important ethics are to your private investigator!

If you work with a private investigations firm like King Investigators in Johannesburg and Pretoria, you can rely on the fact that they will 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.  It’s important that a truly professional private investigator also have a good grasp on the law, as well as on the legalities of how evidence can be gathered ethically.

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

  • Tenacity: This is an essential requirement for any investigator willing to chase down all the leads and pursue all evidence until there is nothing left to find!
  • Confidentiality: You need to know that you can trust your private investigator implicitly with all the details of the investigation being carried out on your behalf.
  • Experience: Yes, everyone has to start somewhere, but don’t trust an investigation to an investigator who doesn’t have an exceptional amount of experience in every avenue of investigation.
  • Exceptional judgement: It takes thinking on your feet to adjust to changing conditions and situations during the course of an investigation, and it’s important to feel that you can trust your private investigator to exercise good judgement throughout the investigation.
  • Technological know-how: Things move at a rapid pace in our digital-driven age, and any private investigator worth his or her salt is going to have to remain on the cutting edge of technology!  The gifts of technology means that time spent on an investigation is reduced, and even more importantly, facts are more thoroughly accessible and researched! Social networking sites, mobile phones, employment histories and other highly specialised databases are all there for the taking, provided that you are dealing with a true professional on the cutting edge of 21st century private investigation!
  • Time management: This is a skill essential to handling investigations efficiently and timeously!  You want to know that you have an open line of communication with your private investigator during the case, and that he or she will respond to you promptly and not leave you hanging in mid-air during the investigation!

These are just a few of the qualities that you should be looking for in a private investigator, before you sign on the bottom line!

Bearing all of this in mind, why not contact King Investigators in Johannesburg and Pretoria 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 instil confidence, King Investigators are 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!


How serious are you about background checks in your business & personal life?

The faster life moves, the more powerful technology becomes and the easier it gets to use this technology to fool others, the more important it becomes to do background checks, whether you are comfortable with it or not.

It’s not exactly fun to have to dig up any details about a new love that has arrived in your life, but, today the risks are just too great to take a chance on your innocent ‘gut’ feeling.

Everyone who is contemplating a new romantic relationship is vulnerable, susceptible to the dictates of the heart, but, everyone deserves to know what they’re getting into before any hearts are broken.

The most perfect love interest could turn out to be someone with a history of abusive behaviour, an alcoholic or drug addict, among other issues that could cause unbearable pain by the time you’re in too deep!

This is when it’s time to get real and talk to a registered, professional and trusted private investigator in South Africa.

The investigators at King Investigations have literally seen it all, and as a result, are keenly sensitive to the difficulties of investigating someone new in your life.

On a business level, don’t you want to be absolutely sure that you have all the information you need to feel confident that you’ll be taking on a new business partner you can trust, before you get hit hard, either in terms of financial fraud or the selling of company trade secrets?

If you’re planning on merging with another company or starting a new business with a few different investors, it’s also essential to have as much information as possible about all the players before signing on the dotted line, and it’s impossible to do this on your own!

As King Investigators say: ‘If someone you are 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 potential future profit goodbye without this type of in-depth background information!

Of course there is also the issue of just how much of a battleground some divorce proceedings become, with parties hiding wealth and other assets they have no desire to part with in the divorce!

Only an ethical, honest private investigator can gather all the facts about these issues, using tools and techniques that are not available to the general public, or to anyone who is not a licensed investigator.

Employee background checks and comprehensive employment reports have also become a necessity in this day and age of technologically enhanced fraud.

Not every company that lets an employee go is going to give the reason for the dismissal or press charges, which means that you may well end up with an employee who looks good on face value, but dig a little deeper, and you may be in for more than your fair share of trouble!

In the final analysis, and considering that there are many other situations that require a deep background investigation, investing in a background check, whether in your personal or business life, is going to be a priceless asset if it means that you will be protected on all fronts.

Let Jacques Barlow and his team of private investigators at King Investigators set your mind at ease with professional, in-depth background checks that will save money and time for your business, and a lot of heartache on the personal front at a later stage!

Call the best cheating spouse detective in South Africa when you need evidence that’s unquestionable!

In the first place, when you’ve reached the point of looking for the right private investigator because you suspect infidelity, you’ll be entering pretty scary territory.

Find an investigator who will offer you the support and understanding you are going to need as you head into these uncharted waters!

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

This is the type of experience you will be facing when dealing with seasoned professionals like King Investigators in Pretoria and Johannesburg.

They work with international clients who need someone on the ground in South Africa, because only someone who understands the local culture and scene is going to be effective in carrying out surveillance without detection.

Having handled investigations, some of which have been high risk, in countries such as Brazil, Argentina, Lesotho, Mozambique, Swaziland and Namibia, there is literally no border any cheating spouse can cross without a King Investigator acting as a shadow!

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

  • Surveillance: Forget about trying to carry out surveillance on your own, it’s going to add more complications than it’s worth!  It takes an experienced professional to use techniques that’ll leave a cheater completely in the dark, unaware that they are under surveillance.  Surveillance also involves recording video’s and photos of all your spouse’s activities, as well as documenting activities that cannot be recorded on video as a result of the legal parameters a professional, registered investigator will uphold.  Without this ethical approach, the evidence will be useless.
  • Observing the laws of surveillance: King Investigators are PSIRA registered investigators, and in the ten years that they have been in the industry as a top investigations company in Gauteng, South Africa, they have never overstepped or flouted the rules governing the surveillance industry.
  • Expert surveillance planning: King Investigators takes your insight into the situation into account before the planning starts. They will want to know as much as possible about your spouse before they can provide you with the most cost effective, efficient surveillance plan possible, always keeping in mind that what 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 your private investigator begins the surveillance on a suspected cheating spouse, you have to do everything to keep things as normal as possible so that you don’t compromise the investigation. Don’t start asking questions you haven’t asked before, or behave any differently, as difficult as that may be under the circumstances.  This is the only way that you will be able to ensure that your spouse doesn’t become suspicious during the investigation.
  • Presentation of evidence: Because King Investigators are specialists in surveillance, they are able to use state of the art video equipment to provide you with video evidence, still photos and detailed, professional reports once all the evidence has been obtained, all of which will stand up in any court of law should it be required.

If you’ve decided that you need the best cheating spouse detective in South Africa, take the difficult step and speak to King Investigators about a free consultation, in absolute confidence.

This is where you will find that you’ll be dealing with true professionals, and will have a team on your side who understand full-well just how difficult a time this will be for you!

Why institute pre-employment polygraph testing?

Prevention of theft, dishonesty or anything else on the part of an employee that could have a negative impact on your business, is best dealt with today by taking a proactive approach towards screening applicants for any position in your company, rather than in having to solve difficult issues after someone is employed.

Polygraphs have mainly been used after-the-fact, for instance, once theft or fraud has been discovered, pretty much once the damage has been done.  The costs associated with commercial crime escalate every year, and if any company is to protect its interests before things like this occur, then pre-employment polygraph testing needs to be instituted.

Dealing with the loss of sensitive company information, theft, fraud, sexual harassment and more becomes expensive, especially once a company finds itself at the wrong end of an expensive law suit.

A major percentage of companies these days make it transparent to would-be employees that they will need to undergo a pre-employment polygraph test, giving them the option of refusing or agreeing, as this is a test that cannot be forced on anyone.

Why have pre-employment polygraph tests become important?

The rise of technology has also given commercial crime a boost, allowing job applicants to manipulate everything from CV’s to references, and we have seen enough of this in some of the highest positions in business and in government over the last decade!

What does a pre-employment polygraph root out?

It’s easy to believe it will never happen in your company, but no matter how good your ‘gut’ feeling is about someone, there could always be something in the background of a job applicant that could be of danger to your company.

Most companies, especially those in high-risk industries, make use of disciplinary action to get rid of employees guilty of dishonesty, but this does not mean that the guilty party ends up with a criminal record or that they are blacklisted, leaving them free to head off into a similar industry without any repercussions or stain on their employment record.

Today, intelligence gathering from any company is considered highly lucrative to syndicates working with organised crime, and without a pre-employment polygraph test, you will not know whether your potential employee is involved with organised crime or not.


King Investigators has a team with invaluable experience in pre-employment polygraph testing at your disposal, should you decide to make pre-employment polygraph testing an essential form of protection for you and your company.

Pre-employment polygraph tests carried out by King Investigators are especially valuable to the following business sectors:

  • Home and business security companies
  • Banking
  • Casino’s
  • Manufacturing
  • Retail
  • Insurance…..and more, wherever there is information of high value, whether in goods or intelligence and information, protection is a necessity!

Making sure that you are not hiring a criminal with well-hidden digital tracks, sexual offenders, fraudsters, individuals involved in syndicates or corporate espionage, is an investment well worth making.

A pre-employment polygraph test will also help to root out any underlying issues with drugs or alcohol, which would help you to avoid problems once the person is hired!

It is important to take note that any applicant must give written permission for a polygraph test and informed that the test will be one that is on a completely voluntary basis.

Not even the most honest of us likes the idea of a polygraph test, however, pre-employment polygraph testing is becoming something that is accepted by both those applying for employment and employees alike, as commercial crime continues to soar.

Contact King Investigators for polygraph testing in Pretoria and Johannesburg to start instituting pre-employment polygraph testing; you will save yourself a lot of time, money and frustration by knowing who you are dealing with from day one!

What type of cases can a private investigator refuse to accept?

There are many reasons that people will reach out to a private investigator, but, while reputable investigators are always in pursuit of facts to back up the reports and videos provided to their clients, there are some clients who request services that no honest private investigator will touch.

Private investigators are bound by their own set of rules and regulations pertaining to the manner in which they collect evidence, which includes the fact that they may not in any way invade private property, trespass, misrepresent themselves or carry out illegal entrapment – if the private investigator you have chosen is willing to ignore these rules, you are definitely going to end up with proof that is legally worthless.

With over 10 years’ worth of experience as a private investigator in Johannesburg and Pretoria, Jacques Botha, a registered Private Investigator, started King Investigators with a commitment to delivering timely, accurate and honest information to all clients, irrespective of the investigation.

Because Jacques believes that integrity is essential in carrying out investigative operations, there are limits to what he and his team will investigate in terms of going outside of the law.

Here are a few examples of what an above-board, professional team like King Investigators will not do for any client:

  • Planting a GPS tracker

This is an issue that no private investigator worth his salt will tackle unless the client requesting the tracker owns the car, trying to plant a tracker on a car owned by someone other than the client is looking for trouble as far as the courts are concerned.

You are going to get a lot further if you choose a reputable private investigator to carry out surveillance on the person, collecting all the legal evidence necessary to make sure that it will stand up to scrutiny in court.

  • Tapping phones

This is a definite no-no!  Tapping any phone, whether it is a landline or a cell phone, is illegal, even the police and other law enforcement agencies in South Africa have to request permission from a judge to carry out the tapping of a phone.

  • Tracing

Because there are baddies in the world like stalkers, abusers and others with less than pristine reasons for tracing someone who is missing, a good private investigator will take each case on its unique merits to ensure that there is nothing sinister behind the request. If the request seems dodgy, the private investigator has every right to turn down the request.

Once the circumstances for the tracing of a missing person has been established as innocent, King Investigators has a world of experience in locating missing loved ones, old school friends or even past romantic acquaintances. The success of a tracing case of course requires as much information on the missing person as possible for a successful conclusion – and happy reunions!

As for the rest in terms of trusted investigations, contact Jacques at King Investigators for the best private investigators in Johannesburg and Pretoria, he will be happy to discuss the specifics of your case confidentially, and to work around your budget.