How does the whole process work if I get you to check out my partner?
Initial contact will be either by email or phone 0413 00 5000. After the initial discussion your investigator will either meet with you in person or speak to you via phone to decide on a plan of action. The plan will depend upon each individual circumstance. In general there will be a period of surveillance and intelligence gathering and a final written report supported by video or photographic evidence if appropriate. At each step you will be kept up to date with regular verbal reports. You will need to sign an Investigation Agreement.
Why do I need to sign a Confidentiality Investigation Agreement?
A Confidentiality Investigation Agreement is for your protection and ours. Private Investigators need to uphold certain standards and ensure that they have proper terms for engagement. The person seeking the information must be bona fide in their request for the investigation of another party – this is to protect everyone involved.
Will my partner find out they are being investigated?
The objective of the Private Investigator is to get the information as quickly and discretely as possible. We understand that knowing the truth and knowing it quickly is really important to our clients. We also understand that circumstances at home can become difficult if your partner finds out you have engaged someone to investigate them. We therefore work with utmost confidentiality, discretion and privacy for all concerned reducing the chances of the investigation becoming known to any other parties.
Could I do the surveillance work myself or get a friend to do it?
There are two potential issues with this. Firstly, the person you are likely trying to catch on camera, may notice you or a friend of yours, and therefore blow the whole surveillance. This could make the task even harder when you do engage a Private Investigator.
Secondly, since your friend is not licenced they may be breaching several laws in Australia and so you could be inadvertently putting them at risk of prosecution.
The fastest way to get results in surveillance is when the suspect has no idea they might have been found out, they are more likely to show themselves publicly – best not to risk alerting them to your suspicions.
Do you need a licence to be a Private Investigator?
Yes, you do need a licence. Each state in Australia has it’s own authority that issues licences to Private Investigators. The licencing authority regulates the industry to ensure that standards are upheld and investigations are carried out without abusing the privacy of others or unlawfully. You should always check that a Private Investigator is licenced. For more information regarding Private Investigator licences visit the Office of Fair Trading www.fairtrading.qld.gov.au
What are the benefits of engaging a private investigator?
In a study conducted by the Australian Institute of Criminology it was found that if you spent a dollar on employing an investigator to uncover fraud you could save between $3.00 and $6.00. (Ref: Tim Prenzler, School of Criminology and Criminal Justice, 13th July 2001)
What is the biggest part of their work?
By far the biggest area investigators are involved in is uncovering fraud.
What other areas do Private Investigators cover?
- Legal assignments work e.g. Background and factual work for lawyers in both civil and criminal cases, e.g. locating witnesses.
- Company assignments e.g. pre-employment checks, liability investigations, debugging
- Domestic assignments e.g. missing persons, infidelity cases, checking what children are really up to, drug and gambling addictions etc.
What is a Polygraph?
A Polygraph (commonly known as a lie detector) is an instrument that measures the physiological reactions in the body of a person under examination, seeking to determine whether the person is telling the truth.
What is the process of the Polygraph Examination?
The examination will take place in several phases. Initially the Polygraph Examiner will conduct an interview and test for suitability of the applicant. An initial test exam will be conducted followed by a sequence of exams. The charts are then numerically scored by the Examiner who will then provide a result.
Can a Polygraph tell me if my partner has cheated?
Yes. The Polygraph examination is commonly used for this purpose.
How long does the Polygraph Examination take?
Depending on your requirements, the examination process will take approximately 1.5 – 3 hours.
Is the Polygraph right for me?
The Polygraph can provide you answers to past behaviors, it is not used for a method of thought process or future behavior of a person.
Does the person under examination have to provide consent?
Yes. The examination is voluntary and a signed consent is required prior to commencement of the examination.
I have heard you can beat the Polygraph, is this true?
No. The Polygraph is merely an instrument that records physiological changes in the body, it is the Polygraph Examiner who interprets these results. A certified Polygraph Examiner observes all behavior and responses and can very easily detect if an applicant is attempting any manipulation.
How many questions can be asked in the Exam?
A Polygraph Examination specifically answers one type of question, multiple issues are not asked on the one examination. This is a general misconception of the use of the Polygraph. Please speak with your Polygraph Examiner who will formulate the questions to best suit your requirements.
How Accurate is the Polygraph?
The Polygraph has undergone years of scientific studies and now show results of 90-95% accuracy. Our certified Polygraph Examiners utilise the latest scientific based techniques and instruments to ensure these results are produced.
If I am nervous, will that affect the Polygraph?
No. We expect a level of nervousness during the examination, this is completely normal. As the Polygraph records changes in physiological reactions, the Polygraph Examiner can determine the results above the level of nervousness in the body. A number of different reactions are measured including, heart rate, breathing patterns, sweat gland activity (also known as galvanic skin conductivity).
Is the Polygraph Examiner certified?
Yes. Our Polygraph Examiner has been trained with an APA Accredited Polygraph Academy, completing the certification in the United States of America. Our Examiner was formerly a NSW Police officer, serving over 12 years in the Force.
What is the cost of the Examination?
For all price enquiries please contact our office (02) 98744444 or email us via our contacts page.
How do I book a Polygraph Examination?
Please contact our office to schedule an appointment (02) 98744444 or email us via our contacts page. A 50% deposit is required at time of booking, the remaining fee is required at the commencement of the examination.