Month: November 2016

Surveillance Matters for Investigations

For private investigators, surveillance is often a crucial aspect of their work. The role of a private eye is to gather information, observe, and report the actions of the people they are hired to investigate.

These professionals are routinely hired for civil matters (e.g. infidelity, divorce, insurance-related issues, etc.), but they can also be recruited to obtain evidence for potential criminal matters (e.g. fraud, extortion, embezzlement, etc.).

Infidelity & Cheating Investigations

A prime example of surveillance by a private investigator like Gradoni & Associates could involve a case of marital strife. One spouse might suspect another of infidelity and hire a PI to follow their significant to confirm their suspicions. If there is, in fact, evidence of infidelity, the investigator will provide their client with documentation, video footage, photos, etc. of their significant other’s actions and/or misdeeds and the client can decide what they want to do with it. Perhaps the evidence will be used in a divorce action or maybe the spouse will hold onto the information for the future.

Surveillance to fight Insurance Fraud

Another example of surveillance by private investigators could involve an insurance-related issue. A PI could be retained by an insurance company to follow and document the actions of people who have been injured in accidents. The insurance company wants the investigator to obtain evidence of injured individuals who might be attempting to defraud the company and/or exaggerate the extent of their injuries. In these cases, video footage and/or photos are of particular value and importance, especially if circumstances of potential fraud are present.

Example: Investigating Insurance Fraud

Case in point, imagine a man has filed a claim with an insurance company for severe injuries sustained in an automobile accident. The injured man claims he was hospitalized for two weeks following the accident and remains wheelchair-bound while attending outpatient rehabilitation. If an investigator obtains footage of the injured man climbing a ladder and cleaning out his gutters two months after his accident, chances are his injury claims are exaggerated and the claimant’s case will likely be in jeopardy.

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