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5 Ways Hiring Private Investigators Can Prevent Retail Loss In Your Company

According to a National Retail Security Survey in 2016, loss of inventory in stores caused by shoplifting and employee theft amounted to almost $48.9 billion. The inventory shrinkage or missing inventory experienced by the U.S. retail industry was mostly caused by shoplifting from outside customers (36.5%) followed closely by theft by dishonest employees (30%). This [...]

February 4th, 2019|Blog, private investigation|0 Comments

Larry Forletta Showcases Investigative Work in Crime Docuseries

Larry Forletta’s investigative work on one of Pittsburgh’s most haunting unsolved murder mysteries takes the spotlight in Oxygen Channel’s newest crime show Smiley Face Killers: The Hunt For Justice. The docuseries aired on January 19th and featured the case of Duquesne University student Dakota James. James was last seen in Downtown Pittsburgh after partying with [...]

January 31st, 2019|Blog, Missing Persons, private investigation|0 Comments

Important Questions to Ask Before Hiring A Private Investigator

Before hiring a private investigator, you have to make sure that the person you will be dealing with is highly professional. What’s the best way to identify a professional? Making sure they have the appropriate license for the kind of work you are hiring them for is a great first step! Besides that, the person [...]

December 13th, 2018|Blog, private investigation|0 Comments

The 5-Step Guide on How To Deal With Employee Fraud

The first few hours after a company is alerted of an inside attack are crucial moments for business owners. Understandably, anyone might become overpowered by emotion and even lash out at the culprit—and from a legal perspective, this is a recipe for disaster. If you’re a company who has fallen victim to fraud, we offer [...]

December 10th, 2018|Blog, Employee Fraud|0 Comments

How To Identify The 6 Most Common Types of Employee Fraud

Nearly two out of three businesses have been victims of employee fraud, according to the U.S. Chamber of Commerce. It doesn’t matter what size of business you have. All companies—whether it’s a small business or a multinational corporation—are vulnerable to internal theft. In this post, we’ll diagnose what consists as fraudulent behavior and examine why [...]

December 6th, 2018|Blog, Employee Fraud, private investigation|0 Comments

6 Legal Limits for Private Investigation

If you want to have something resolved for your peace of mind, you may have good reason to hire a private investigator. PIs, as they are often called, are in the business of helping clients sort things out and find the truth about a person or a specific situation. They are trained to take measures [...]

December 3rd, 2018|Blog, private investigation, Services|0 Comments

Know Who You’re Hiring Before You Shake Hands

Wouldn’t it be great if you could trust the information provided to you by employee candidates? The last thing you want is for your brand new HVAC-certified employee walking around asking co-workers what HVAC means. According to the Society for Human Resource Management, only slightly more than half (58 percent) of small businesses surveyed check [...]

February 5th, 2018|Background Screening, Blog|0 Comments

Private Detective Needed

As consumers searching for a professional in most fields, our research will probably direct us to a group of candidates who require further vetting. Chances are that we will probably filter the good from the bad through our own personal processes and make decisions to hire based on our needs. Like other service-oriented professionals, there [...]

January 18th, 2018|Blog, private investigation, Services|0 Comments

Intellectual Property Protection

There are different forms of recognized property: Real property (real estate), which is immovable property--land and anything attached to the land; Personal property, which is moveable and subject to ownership (except land); Tangible property that can be touched and includes the aforementioned real and personal property; and Intangible property, which refers to creations that are [...]

January 4th, 2018|Blog, Intellectual Property, Services|0 Comments

Cellular and Computer Forensics

Anytime we use a digital device, we leave behind electronic “breadcrumbs” that detail information about who we are, where we were online, and what we did. This may include any type of storage media, hardware and operating systems, networks, and applications. From system logins, webpage visits, emails, Twitter Feeds, or smartphone GPS features, an electronic [...]

December 18th, 2017|Blog, Forensics|0 Comments

Technical Security Countermeasures (TSCM)

Almost every predisposed concept we have of what a particular criminal should look like will ultimately turn out to be inaccurate. A skilled spy can blend in with almost any environment, utilizing equally covert techniques and tools to collect valuable information on a target. Everyday, corporate spies develop new ways of tapping into competitor’s technology. [...]

December 6th, 2017|Blog, private investigation|0 Comments

Forensic Investigation

Generally speaking, the term forensic refers to the application of science as it pertains to the collection of evidence for presentation in the court of law. Forensics can be applied to several areas of investigations including photography, the collection of trace evidence, fingerprints, footwear impressions, as well as blood and other bodily fluids. Of crucial [...]

November 13th, 2017|Blog, private investigation|0 Comments

Cogs in The Wheel: Part 2: Private Investigators and Attorneys

The professional standards to which private investigator services are held are generally defined by State law, if applicable, though not every State regulates private investigators. Check out the requirements per state here. Nonetheless, the general standard for private investigators regarding arrests, searches, domestic surveillance, GPS tracking, etc., is essentially equivalent to that of a private [...]

October 30th, 2017|Blog, private investigation, Services|0 Comments

Cogs in The Wheel: Part 1: Private Investigators and Law Enforcement

A common misconception (often perpetuated through media and entertainment) is that there is a fundamental animosity shared between law enforcement and private investigators (PI’s.) There may be some truth in that amongst the countless law enforcement agencies and PI firms across the nation, but, each entity realizes that they serve a distinct purpose and can [...]

October 2nd, 2017|Blog|0 Comments

Private Investigator Fees: What is the Cost to Employ a Private Investigator Service?

Understandably, a common question posed to many private investigative agencies is, “What’s a private detective going to cost me?” Well, every investigation is different and, depending upon the tasks and materials needed to accomplish the goal, the cost fluctuates. As with any service-based business, private investigative pricing is set up to cover incurred expenses, such [...]

September 11th, 2017|Blog|0 Comments