Sadly the days of the amateur sleuth are over, confined to the imagination of Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, Agatha Christie et al. Follow up your own hunch and it see you inadvertently tipping off the person you have been following or, worse, not having your painfully – and often expensively – gathered evidence accepted in court because it was not presented properly. Corporate surveillance in all its forms has become a sophisticated field craft, using many different techniques and types of equipment to track down individuals across the globe. Whether via computer software or shadowing someone on foot or by car, the more experienced the investigator, the sooner you will have your case heard and the less expensive it will prove. Hiring an investigation agency such as Blackhawk means you don’t have to worry about the legality of any surveillance techniques employed. Blackhawk knows all the pitfalls.

The fast-moving pace of corporate surveillance

There is also the time factor. A professional investigator can start immediately, sit down with you to work out exactly what your remit is, and then provide regular progress reports. Agencies such as Blackhawk have vast resources at their disposal, with  male and female operatives of different ages and cultural backgrounds, ready at a moment’s notice to take up corporate surveillance duties. They merge into the background when observing workplaces and are familiar with all the latest tracking devices including use of “geo fences” – programs that tell them immediately whether a quarry has left a given area by car or other means. And you are always kept bang up-to-date with a regular stream of progress reports on progress so that at any time when you consider enough evidence has been gathered, surveillance can stop. Nowadays it is not only written reports; clients can themselves monitor any activities picked up by hidden cameras 24/7 on their own computer screen or even mobile phone thanks to specialised software supplied by an agency. Cases can be big or small. If it’s not driving doggedly round the country or abroad – agencies such as Blackhawk have a wide network of contacts across Europe and beyond – investigators can swap a long-lens camera for a computer mouse to manipulate complex monitoring software programs that mine seemingly endless data for those all important clues to fraud, embezzlement and false accounting that can so easily take place in your own office.

If you suspect you are being taken for a ride, act now

What sort of company assets has that company partner gone awol squirrelled away in Switzerland, the Cayman Islands or some other tax haven? Exactly what connections has the new sales director kept up with his old firm, a close rival of your business? Do you suspect any staff are taking you for a ride, fiddling the books, taking backhanders from suppliers for favourable contracts, leaking sensitive data to a rival, or moonlighting while off sick – a constant headache for insurance companies. An agency could be asked to mount and maintain GPS equipment in company cars that will help deter younger drivers from petrifying other road users once they think they are left unmonitored – and save their employer a heap of money. Or monitoring hidden cameras in a warehouse where theft is suspected. Or trawling through emails and tweets to check company secrets remain within the office and cyber-bullying stays at arm’s length. The whole operation is run with the needs of the client, their staff, and their finances top of mind.

Blackhawk – more than just a private eye

However, an agency like Blackhawk is more than just a private eye (singular). It is constantly on the lookout for new ways to advise its clients on- and offline, in and out of the office or factory floor. Someone on £18,000 pa could easily be losing their employer £1,000 just by spending five minutes each on six different social media sites each day. And just think of the productivity time wasted in online shopping, particularly before Christmas … Black Friday, cyber Monday, grey Thursday! Clients would be advised to take cyber bullying complaints seriously, explain what type of monitoring staff should expect, and what behaviour warranted disciplinary action. And then there’s awareness training and guidelines on social media use during office time … Using professionals removes the need to research legislation before acting. Blackhawk always remains within the law, whether in domestic or foreign jurisdictions. It also never adopts any method of surveillance that had not previously been agreed with the client. In short, hiring an agency for corporate surveillance means a suspect is unlikely to get wise to it. And you need no longer fear supplying faulty evidence, falling foul of the law, or incurring vastly more expense than a corporate surveillance fee. Agency operatives are the great unknown, unrecognised in the shadows, but steadily working away to make your company safe, efficient and future-proof.

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Your business and the sophisticated art of the modern-day sleuth

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Corporate surveillance in all its forms has become a sophisticated field craft, using many different techniques and types of equipment to track down individuals across the globe. Whether via computer software or shadowing someone on foot or by car, the more experienced the investigator, the sooner you will have your case heard and the less expensive it will prove.

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