Surveillance is the close observation of a person, place, or object. It is the practice of watching a subject in order to document the interactions or whereabouts of the subject.
When Is Surveillance Used?
- Missing person searches
- Cheating spouse investigations
- Recurrent theft
- Worker’s compensation cases
- Fraud Investigations
- Criminal Investigations
Common Types of Surveillance
There are a variety of ways we carry our surveillance including:
Electronic Surveillance involves utilizing devices like television, wiretapping, and radios to document activity. It also includes monitoring an individual’s use of their phones, email, and social media.
Physically following or watching a subject. This can potentially involve disguises, stakeouts, and multiple investigators.
Interviews are conducted by investigators to discover as much information as possible about the subject. The people interviewed could include family members, neighbors, friends, or coworkers.
Technical Surveillance encompasses digital photography and video/audio recordings. Examples of these are surveillance cameras used by businesses and dash cameras used by both police officers and private investigators.
Why Conduct Surveillance?
There are a variety of reasons to conduct a surveillance investigation.
- To prevent crime
- To obtain evidence of a crime
- To obtain evidence in civil suits
- To document an individual’s location
- To document activities in/around a location
- To obtain information for interrogation purposes
- To obtain information to be used in court