June 12, 2009
When it comes to surveillance, the term can sometimes make people think of large white vans with a satellite dish on top with investigators monitoring phone calls inside a nearby building like we see on TV.
In real life, the art of surveillance is all about the attention to detail of a particular case and there is more to it than just using a camera or video camera to record a person’s interactions or movements. There is a lot of planning involved and pre-observation research that first needs to be undertaken by those involved in surveillance services. These services are usually offered by professional private investigators or bailiff services with the expertise and experience required to successfully handle a range of cases.
A surveillance team will need the experience of knowing how to operate and carry out the surveillance operation, which may require both males and females from an ex-police or ex-forces background.
The video, photographic and communications equipment used also needs to be modern and state-of-the-art in order to provide a professional service to customers. The surveillance vehicles also need to be adapted in order to be kitted out with all the latest communications equipment available.
The cases taken on by companies offering surveillance services include covert investigations into corporate or insurance fraud, personal injury enquiries, employee absenteeism, theft and industrial espionage.