Peter Bascombe from Bascombe International talks about the role of surveillance as a Private Investigator including types of surveillance covered, surveillance stories and the common misconceptions of an undercover investigator!
Bascombe International was instructed by a local corporation to investigate an employee who had been absent from work on extended sick leave. The employee had allegedly been in an accident which affected his ability to work long-term.
There are a number of reasons why an organisation might hire a private investigator, including employee theft, fraud, absenteeism and industrial espionage, all of which can start off as small issues, but if left unresolved, can lead to more significant problems.
It’s inevitable that housing associations, councils and landlords will at some stage encounter complaints from residents reporting anti-social behaviour. However, a complaint alone will in most cases not warrant enough evidence to allow action to be taken.
The client had been struggling to locate a married couple to serve them with debt-related documents. The couple had proved very illusive and despite several attempts from other process serving agents, they had not had any success.
The client has suspicions that a member of their sales team was working against them. The employee would frequently leave the office for the day to ‘visit customers’, which was unusual behaviour and sparked concern.
The client had an employee who had been signed off work for a long period of time with an injured arm. However, they had received reports from other members of staff that the employee had been working elsewhere during his absence.