Many investigative companies (including
companies) hire inexperienced people to perform surveillance. They pay these
people low wages to get more profit from your money.
Surveillance is an art form that is very difficult to do
successfully. A surveillance investigator must follow someone and document
their activities, without being noticed by the person being followed. The two
biggest problems encountered while conducting a surveillance are being “burned”
(i.e. having the subject become aware of the surveillance) and losing the
subject when the subject goes mobile. This is like walking a tightrope – if the
investigator follows the subject too closely, the subject will notice him, and
if the investigator follows the subject from too far away, they will lose the
subject in traffic.
A successful surveillance is when the investigator follows the
subject, documents their activity, maintains visual contact with the subject
throughout the surveillance, and the subject is completely unaware
of the investigator’s presence. This can be
difficult, even for a professional, depending on the circumstances.
Even when conducted by professional investigators, a successful
surveillance can be extremely difficult, depending on the subject, traffic
conditions, how the subject drives, the location of the surveillance, and many
other factors. This is why we sometimes recommend having a team of two (or
more) investigators work a difficult surveillance.
A seasoned, experienced investigator is far more likely to be
successful with your surveillance. This is probably obvious to you, and we are
sure that you want a professional investigator to handle your case.
Do you want an experienced professional to handle your case, or
do you want to have an inexperienced person (working for $11.00 per hour ) work
your case? When you hire an investigative company, how do you know the
investigator that is actually doing your surveillance is an experienced
professional? Why should you pay between $65.00 and $90.00 per hour for
your surveillance (average rates charged by investigative companies) and not
get a professional investigator to do the surveillance?
Don’t believe investigative companies hire inexperienced novices
to do their surveillance work? Shown below is an actual advertisement for
employment for a national investigative company. This advertisement was placed
on May 15, 2008. Starting wages listed are $11.00 per hour. For comparison,
starting wages flipping burgers at In & Out Burger start at $10.00 per hour
(same date). Do you think you will get the results you want from your case if
one of these employees handles your surveillance?
Field Investigator Trainee (Los Angeles)
to: see below
investigating firm seeks Field Investigator to work under general supervision,
investigating suspicious workers compensation claims from various corporate
clients. Duties including but not limited to: monitoring and videotaping
various individuals as they conduct their normal day-to-day activities.
pays half towards a health plan of your choice, 401K plan after 6 months of
service with our company matching and vested at day 1, competitive
vacation/holiday/sick policy, and tuition reimbursement.
$11.00/hr. (Pay is from the minute you leave your home to the minute you get
back (overtime/doubletime). $38,000 to $40,000
Do you want the person hired by this advertisement to handle
Liberty Investigative Services pledges to you that you will
always have a seasoned, professional investigator working on your case.
There have been many cases where we have received requests to
"clean up" a surveillance that has gone bad. In these instances
another investigative company was hired to conduct surveillance and the results
were less than satisfactory. Liberty Investigative Services was then hired to
conduct a professional surveillance
on the same subject. In these
instances, our results have always been better than the original investigative
company, even though the subject had become aware of surveillance efforts
(which makes the surveillance much more difficult to do successfully).
How much better would it have been if the client had hired
Liberty Investigative Services first? Make sure that you hire a professional
company to conduct your investigation, and that the investigator doing the work
(on site) is an experienced professional.
Caveat emptor - Let the buyer beware.