About domestic surveillance?
» I’m embarrassed
about even talking to someone about this.
» What if I am wrong?
» Is domestic surveillance
» What are the fees
charged for domestic surveillance?
» How is the surveillance
» How many investigators
are used on a domestic surveillance case?
» What do I do once
the surveillance is set up?
» How do you follow
» Will the suspected
cheater find out that they are being watched?
» What evidence will
I receive at the conclusion?
About domestic surveillance?
Surveillance is the method used to discover if spouses are cheating
on each other. It can involve husbands, wives, boyfriends or girlfriends.
Also referred to as "tailing someone" it is the technique
of putting an investigator out in the field who follows the suspected
cheater to document their activities without their knowledge. This
is accomplished by recording their activities on videotape.
I’m embarrassed about even talking
to someone about this.
We regularly get calls from people who suspect their spouse or significant
others of infidelity. It is nothing to be embarrassed about. What
you are seeking is peace of mind about something you are not sure
of. It is natural to seek to determine if your suspicions are real
or imagined. We invest a tremendous part of ourselves in relationships.
It is natural to want to determine the strength and integrity of
What if I am wrong?
If there is no evidence the subject is cheating, you will have gained
peace of mind about your relationship. Since our investigations
are 100% confidential, you will not have risked sacrificing the
relationship if you are wrong.
Is domestic surveillance legal?
Surveillance is the process of documenting what is going on in the
world of an individual. As long as we stay with in the law while
conducting our investigation (i.e. not trespassing, etc.), surveillance
by a licensed detective is completely legal.
What are the fees charged for domestic surveillance?
Surveillance is billed on an hourly basis plus a mileage charge.
Rates are dependant on where the surveillance will take place. As
a general rule, in remote areas, the rates are a bit higher. Before
the case is started, a strategy is established depending on the
circumstances and your needs. Once this plan is in place a budget
can be established. Investigation services are payable in advance
of the work being conducted. Payment can be made by credit card
(over the phone if you wish), or by cash, check or money order.
How is the surveillance plan established?
Planning is often more important than execution. The better job
we do of designing the surveillance, the more likely it is to be
productive and the more cost effective it will be. Because you know
more about your spouses behavior than we ever will, we rely on you
to assist us in develop the correct time and place to watch them.
We need you to determine when they are most likely to be engaged
in this behavior and where we should start the surveillance. If
you are not able to discern when with any degree or accuracy, we
recommend that you consider when they are not available and we can
eliminate those times as a starting point. All these questions and
more go into creating an effective surveillance strategy.
How many investigators are used on a domestic surveillance
The number of agents used depends on a number of factors. Basic
surveillance on an individual being followed from home or an uncomplicated
work situation can be conducted by one agent. More complicated scenarios,
such as following someone from a high rise office building, or airport
or hotel require an additional agent. Other factors in which we
may recommend a second agent include fast and aggressive drivers
and extra alert drivers who always watch the rear view mirror. Of
course an additional agent increases the cost of surveillance, and
this factor is also taken into consideration in arriving at your
budget. For a proper frame of reference, consider the fact that
no law enforcement agency would ever conduct surveillance with less
than two cars and few do that. The more investigators, the less
likely the chance of detection.
What do I do once the surveillance is set
Once the surveillance plan is in place it is important that you
do not do anything to alert the subject of the investigation. Do
not change your habits and do not ask too many questions about their
How do you follow someone?
The techniques of tailing someone are an acquired skill. When following
someone we are constantly weighing two factors against each other.
First we want to stay close enough to make sure we do not loose
the subject at a traffic light or in heavy traffic. However we are
constantly balancing this against staying so close that we run the
risk of being observed by the subject. The art of balancing these
two factors in a variety of situations can executed well only by
having an experienced investigator working the case. In some cases
a second agent is preferable or required which allows us to keep
safer distances while not minimizing the chance of loosing the subject.
Will the suspected cheater find out that they are
Our surveillance investigations are 100% confidential. We do everything
necessary to insure the covert nature of the investigation. If we
ever perceive that the security of the investigation is threatened,
we back off and re-evaluate with your input. One important point:
Never threaten to hire an investigator. This will make the suspected
cheater even more difficult to watch. If you have done this, be
sure to tell us ahead of time so we can prepare.
What evidence will I receive at the conclusion?
The evidence collected in domestic surveillance consists of the
videotape of the activities and a surveillance report which details
all the activity in writing. Both are submitted to you, or if you
wish we can maintain them for you.