Hidden recording devices & stalkers

Hidden recording devices & stalkers

Nicole Muscara, a mom living in upstate New York, went to change the settings on her alarm clock one night, only to find the buttons that should have been on the back were no longer there. The clock wasn’t broken. It simply was not the one she had won at a party back in high…

how surveillance equipment works

How hidden surveillance equipment works

The movie Minority Report takes place in the year 2054. Surveillance cameras are not only everywhere, they’re legal and the fact that you’re constantly under surveillance is accepted by the populace. There’s a great scene where Tom Cruise’s character walks into The Gap, cameras scan his retinas, and he is then offered personalized shopping suggestions,…

Workplace surveillance: What's legal?

Workplace surveillance: What’s legal?

Any business worth their salt tries to maximize profitability. When criminal employees steal money, products or time and an employer gets burned, they usually don’t want it to happen again. Thusly, it’s becoming more common to see employers put different forms of surveillance in place. These practices are often invasive and considered offensive to good…

Thoughts on 'Hannibal', Hollywood investigations, serial killers & intuition

Thoughts on ‘Hannibal’, Hollywood investigations, serial killers & intuition

As a professional private investigator and a former Federal agent, it can be very hard for me to watch television. With rare exception, nearly every Hollywood depiction of private investigation and criminal investigation consistently gets it wrong. I recently caught an episode of the TV show Hannibal. I enjoyed the quality of the show: the…

Using a private investigator to help prevent worker’s comp fraud

Using a private investigator to help prevent worker’s comp fraud

We all pay a price for worker’s comp fraud, but businesses shoulder the majority of the costs and responsibly. Businesses pay higher worker’s comp premiums because insurers pass the high costs of fraud onto their policyholders. Often the premium increases are large and very damaging —especially for smaller businesses that can least afford higher premiums.…