Occasionally, it becomes necessary to employ techniques other than uniformed personnel or electronic devices to determine the source of specific losses or poor employee behavior. Assets Protection, Inc. provides a full range of investigative services.
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Some of these investigative techniques may include the use of undercover operatives, surveillance, or administrative investigations. These programs help identify those individuals responsible for theft, vandalism, drug or alcohol use, workers compensation fraud, and other malpractices.
Assets Protection offers confidential investigative services that can help eliminate deep-rooted problems, contain losses and reduce risks of liability. Our investigations unit provides undercover, surveillance and street level investigations for clients, attorneys, 3rd-party administrators and insurance carriers.
Surveillance & Investigation Can Make Or Break Your Case
Most people never think they’ll need to have someone followed. But when properly conducted, surveillance can provide critical information about a security problem — including viable evidence that will stand up in court. Surveillance often answers questions in cases where other investigative methods have failed, for example:
- Theft. Surveillance videos can yield evidence of the time and circumstances of a theft — and sometimes reveal the identity of the thief.
- Liability. Insurance examiners and defense attorneys sometimes seek surveillance to evaluate the validity of an insurance claim in order to prevent insurance fraud.
- Workers’ Compensation. Similar to surveillance for general insurance liability, but specifically targeted at workers’ compensation fraud.
Legal Surveillance Techniques
Surveillance can be static or mobile. Static surveillance involves observing someone’s activities from a non-mobile location. Mobile surveillance is what most people usually envision — following someone on foot or in a vehicle. With both types, photographs and video are taken to document a person’s whereabouts and actions and to serve as evidence in a court of law if necessary, or simply for dispute resolution. Techniques used during surveillance include any or all of the following:
- Static. One vehicle or investigator maintains a stationary post, watching the subject and waiting for him or her to act.
- Rolling Surveillance. A ‘chase team’ of investigators waits for notification that the subject is on the move, and then follows at a sufficient distance to avoid detection.
- Team Surveillance. In suburban, rural or long travel distance situations, additional vehicles and investigators enter the case to prevent the subject from realizing that they are being observed.
- Evidence Gathering. Investigators gather evidence about a subject’s whereabouts and activities. Evidence may include interviews, photographs, video, signed statements and electronic, physical and scientific evidence such as fingerprints and DNA.
The benefits of surveillance go far beyond convictions and restitution. Surveillance can be a strong deterrent to committing insurance fraud. More often than not, false claims are simply dropped rather than being prosecuted as fraud — but the savings in falsified claims payments is real and substantial !
Surveillance can be used in virtually any investigation. It is the quality and experience of the investigator that ultimately makes the difference in the value of evidence obtained. Assets Protection, Inc. provides a full range of investigative services, including all types of surveillance services.
Need More Information?
Please feel free to Call Ed Michaels at Assets Protection, Inc. for a confidential discussion of your needs, and how we may better secure your valuable business assets — and your company’s reputation.