Monthly Archives: August 2015

Is Using Surveillance Equipment Good or Bad?

If you watch TV at all, you hear continual references to closed circuit TV. In fact, if you spend time in the UK or other European countries you will see them everywhere. We realize that makes some people feel uneasy, but there are two sides to surveillance equipment.

The Crime Prevention Side of Surveillance Equipment

Not sure if I should call it crime prevention because it only seems to deter those who respect the law to begin with, but cameras can be installed inside and around public space and places of business to:

Record evidence of theft and other wrongdoing such as vandalism. Authorities routinely use CC TV recordings to identify robbers and submit images to the public for help in apprehending the perpetrators. Employers often install [...]

Why Would You Need an Asset Search Investigator?

All too often private investigators are seen as those guys who are following people looking for sins and crime. While those may be how our clients interpret our findings, we prefer to think of what we are pursuing as facts and truth.

For example, when it comes to asset investigations or a financial investigation, International Investigators is not always trying to find evidence of mischief or wrongdoing. There are several reasons besides an ex-spouse hiding assets in divorce that someone might be interested in hidden bank accounts or off shore accounts.

Here are some of the top reasons for hiring an asset search investigator or financial investigators:

Assets in Divorce. Okay, so we had to start with the obvious, just to get it out of the way. [...]

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    Cell Phone Tracking (Ping Cell Phone) Can be the Key to Finding Missing People

Cell Phone Tracking (Ping Cell Phone) Can be the Key to Finding Missing People

Most people think of International Investigators and our cell phone forensic lab as the gatherers of evidence and facts to prove crime or wrong doing. Yes, we do that, but we want to be certain that every person who loves anyone also realizes what else can be done with a cell phone and cell phone forensics.

A good example is when an airplane went missing in the mountains of Nevada. Two adults and four children were missing for four days in rugged terrain and frigid temperatures.

The search and rescue efforts were spread out over a wide area covering miles and miles of mountains and valleys not easily accessible – and were turning up nothing.

It was then that cell phone forensics were employed. A cellphone expert [...]

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    Computer Investigation is More Than Forensics, Especially for the Bullied

Computer Investigation is More Than Forensics, Especially for the Bullied

Being a parent is a big job and now with bullying and cyber bullying that job has become even harder. Years ago the topic of hazing was in the news and the public became aware of the dangers and harm from it. Now, bullying is coming up in the mainstream conversation and its impact is gaining attention.

And parents are taking action. Here at International Investigators, we are seeing that parents consider private investigators a tool in helping them combat bullying in the lives of their children.

One case in Maryland caught national attention when an autistic teenager was tormented by two female schoolmates. Evidence of the mistreatment was caught on the girls’ telephones where they had videotaped horrific pranks played on the boy. Played is [...]

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    Digital Forensics Performed by Private Forensics Companies Picking Up Steam

Digital Forensics Performed by Private Forensics Companies Picking Up Steam

There is a troubling trend growing in the world of crime and punishment and that’s why the phones at International Investigators are ringing.

Just like every other aspect, life has been impacted by technology, the crime world has taken advantage of new technology, too. But on the other hand, that means that the authorities who police and the attorneys who prosecute (or defend) those in court have to be prepared to use everything technology provides for them, as well.

Living in the information age promulgated by technology makes that a challenge. There is just so much evidence and data that has to be uncovered and handled so that it can be used as evidence. The sheer volume is overwhelming authorities. It’s not just in the United [...]

Why Computer Forensics Must be Handled by Experts

Getting and maintaining public trust is a critical component of business. So when a situation arises that can impact that trust, the phone at International Investigators rings. Sometimes it’s an attorney, sometimes it is a CEO or CFO, and sometimes no one except the business owner can make the call.

Recently in Indianapolis a CFO of a large business was arrested for theft. Big theft. Not only was he accuse of diverted company funds to his own personal use, it was believed that he had used funds from a client at a former place of employment to cover the funds taken from his current employer.

It is a tangled web that is certain, in this case and in many others. Which is the reason why certified [...]

Protect Your Business from Theft in the Workplace

“I can’t believe I didn’t see it.”

Riley had run his own business for years. He’d had hundreds of employees, some of which had stayed for years and retired from his company. So when his attorney brought him in, it was obvious he was both surprised and shocked that he could possibly be in this position.

There was strong evidence of embezzlement by an employee. Although he knew theft by employees was a costly problem and touched every business, he didn’t consider a few missing pens or copies being made for some kid’s carwash was a big deal. But this was more than that. This was outright skimming money out of accounts, writing forged checks and manipulating accounts that could only be answered by employee embezzlement. [...]

Burglary and Trickery Foiled by TSCM

After years of providing investigative services, here at International Investigators, there are some things we understand. When someone’s home is burgled, the residents often lose the feeling of being safe and secure. But when someone’s homes is invaded twice in a very short time frame, that fear is mixed with confusion and uncertainty. Sandy* had moved out of her home after the second incident. She was afraid, and not quite sure why the burglary had been repeated.

In each instance, some possessions had been taken: a computer, some collectibles, and then some things like BlueRay movies, CDs and even a few books. It didn’t make sense to her and it sounded unusual to us, too.

Since there was a chance the home would be invaded again, [...]