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    Caustic Employees May Be as Harmful as Theft in the Workplace

Caustic Employees May Be as Harmful as Theft in the Workplace

Ed and Georgia were extremely conservative business owners. Last year, they realized a long time dream. They expanded the square footage of their business, took on a couple of new projects and hired four new employees.

But for some unknown reason, employee morale noticeably began to dwindle. Employees more frequently called in sick. Some actually left the company without providing clear reasons for why they were suddenly unhappy.

On their own, Ed and Georgia tried to interview workers about the shift in attitude. But they were unsuccessful in getting to the root of the problem.

Then in the community, Georgia heard a couple of negative rumors about their business. By that point, Ed and Georgia were more than concerned about the problem. They were panicked. Their employees [...]

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    Business Owners: Heed That Gut Feeling and Put Proactive Systems in Place

Business Owners: Heed That Gut Feeling and Put Proactive Systems in Place

When Brandon sat down with professionals at International Investigators, he quickly shared that he was in a very frustrating situation. After watching company inventory slowly disappear with no explanation, Brandon was convinced that he was the victim of theft in the workplace; that an employee was stealing materials.

A few months earlier, Brandon and Tony, his business partner, installed video surveillance equipment cameras around the warehouse and also in the loading dock area. Their efforts caught no one doing anything wrong. Brandon believed that he and Tony had exhausted every possible effort they felt they could to remedy the problem and still it was there.

When International Investigators accepted the case, we encouraged Brandon not to discuss the investigation with anyone. Unlike the very visible cameras [...]

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    Business Owners, Insurance Companies and Private Investigators Work Together to Eliminate Insurance Fraud

Business Owners, Insurance Companies and Private Investigators Work Together to Eliminate Insurance Fraud

As our clients know, International Investigators earned our excellent reputation because we are results oriented. Definitely, we think outside the box, approaching every case with a willingness to use whatever skills and resources necessary to gather evidence. Even the best of scam operators can't slide past our investigative tools since those tools and research skills are also mixed with persistence and the highest level of confidentiality.

These facts about our agency bring insurance companies to our door. Recently a claims agent called because one of the business owners the company insures came to them with some concerns. He was certain that at least one of his employees was fraudulently collecting workers compensation benefits. But he had recently heard gossip about a second employee who was [...]

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    Effective Investigators Keep Wide Array of Resources at Their Fingertips

Effective Investigators Keep Wide Array of Resources at Their Fingertips

Once viewed as rather mysterious types who hide behind binoculars and frequently conduct dumpster dives for clues, private investigators have finally made their professional presence in the world. The truth is that private investigators have always been persistent, highly professional and intuitive in their quest for the truth. But now, we add technological advancements, such as digital forensics.

Well-informed professionals, such as business owners, attorneys and government officials are educated about the impressive skill set offered by International Investigators. Our list of clients and referral sources has changed right along with the old stereotypes.

As necessary, we provide skills from “yesterday's investigations,” such as surveillance and the face-to-face interviews necessary to gather information. We add new skills, such as digital forensics, social media engineering and research [...]

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    Traditional and Cutting Edge Investigative Techniques Required in Today’s Investigations

Traditional and Cutting Edge Investigative Techniques Required in Today’s Investigations

When you think about the various ways that some people lie, cheat and steal, certain activities make you immediately decide that a private investigator should be involved. Two examples …

When one spouse sees signs of infidelity and suspects an extramarital affair, most of us think about a private investigator.
We also think about hiring a private investigator when a business owner suspects his employee of faking a job-related injury and committing workers compensation fraud.

But the client base at International Investigators continues to broaden. We are not limited to certain scenarios where private investigators would be suggested. And so, when a well known company for designer sunglasses suspected a black market traitor in their midst, they contacted the police. But they also hired private [...]

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    Experience, Expertise and Cutting Edge Technology Provide Investigative Best Practices

Experience, Expertise and Cutting Edge Technology Provide Investigative Best Practices

When Ken and Sonya entered the door at International Investigators with their attorney, they were frustrated and felt very helpless. Their problem had been going on for several weeks. They had reached out to legal authorities but got few answers.

As many successful business owners do, this couple had purchased real estate in various locations across the country. Most of what they owned was within driving distance of where they lived in the United States, but they also had homes in locations where they enjoyed vacationing.

They had purchased a relatively large estate last year in a sunny vacation resort area. Soon after purchasing the property, they hired an individual to oversee the property. They had planned to make the trip at least twice each year, [...]

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    Look to a Private Investigator and Digital Forensics for Professional Help

Look to a Private Investigator and Digital Forensics for Professional Help

International Investigators received a call from a business owner. He said his new office manager spends an excessive amount of time on the phone. In fact, since some of her job requires her to be away from the office, her phone is company-issued. When she runs work-related errands, she is gone a lot longer than what he would deem necessary.

He had already addressed these concerns privately with his new employee. In fact, he had also reminded her that she is still on probation. A couple of weeks later, other office staff told him that the new employee has told co-workers that he made a pass at her during a meeting alone in his office. They also told him that she has plans to file [...]

TSCM Foils Entrepreneurial Voyeur and His Spy Equipment

You’ve all seen the movies, but truth be told, actual real-life situations beat out most all of the movies.

Take for instance the situation a recent call brought to International Investigators. The caller was a professional woman in her 40s who we’ll call Mary – and she was beside herself. Mary had received a call from a friend on the other side of the country telling Mary that she’d been featured in an online porn movie.

Mary was VERY certain she had never participated in the production of a porn film and she couldn’t hardly believe there was any truth to it. So her friend sent her the link via email. To her horror, there she was – in her bedroom!

That’s when she called International Investigators. [...]

Fugitive Recovery Agent Aided by Investigators

By the time Joe contacted International Investigators, he was beyond angry and frustrated. After all, Joe is a well known and well respected bail bondsman. He still believes that good people suddenly find themselves in some not-so-good situations, through no fault of their own.

Unfortunately, that is exactly why Joe ended up in a bad situation, which brought him to our office. A male acquaintance of Joe’s called him in the middle of the night, begging to be bailed out of jail. Joe knew the guy from the gym where they both worked out every morning. And so, when the guy tearfully explained that he had wrongly been arrested for dealing cocaine, Joe jumped out of bed and headed to the jail. The guy insisted [...]

Theft in the Workplace Belongs in Professional Hands

Theft in the workplace can take many forms and every department is vulnerable.

Like many company owners, Ed felt the crunch of the economy. He tried not to get to the point of lay-offs. But eventually, that choice was inevitable. Some guys in production lost their jobs, others lost hours. In fact, within a few months, Ed had to reduce employees and hours in every single department.

The morale of those left behind went from low to downright vicious. Ed was doing the best he could do. Then he started to notice that inventory was low, tools were suddenly missing and machinery in the production lines was suddenly out of commission.

Ed suspected that his employees were purposefully causing problems; they were sabotaging the machines; he even [...]