Most private investigators, whether they are working insurance fraud, worker’s compensation, child custody, or cheating spouse cases, know that a significant amount of our work is surveillance. This means long, grueling hours sitting in a vehicle, watching a house or a vehicle, waiting to capture something useful on video. Will this approach be the same in the near future?
Since the North American International Auto Show is coming to a close in a few days, I thought I’d take a moment to write up a few of my thoughts on the future of surveillance based on the “tech tussle” and “mobility shift” that was on full display at the show. Google’s self-driving car division's push into the auto market, Uber’s ongoing development of self-driving cars, and cities’ growing partnerships with automakers highlight that the future of transportation may belong to robots that navigate smart grids tapped into the Internet of Things (IofT).
What will this mean for private investigators? Well, a lot. Some changes will be good for us, some bad. Here’s a list of three changes and what they may do to surveillance practices and the PI business. This is not a comprehensive list, so share your own in the comments.
Equipment is important
Covert Investigations uses Gen-3 military grade night vision on all night surveillance. See a demo at:
Gen-3 equipment gives you facial recognition from long distances in the middle of the night and with little to no light.
The Gen-3 equipment is not to be confused with the inadequate night shot feature that comes standard with all video cameras. That video when produced only gives silhouetted images and is useless for evidence purposes.
If you have an assignment at night and you want quality identifiable evidence please call me or search a company that has similar equipment.
If an agency says they have Gen-3 equipment demand it be used and refuse to pay for the assignment if the it is not used. Covert Investigations will never bill a client for failure on our part.
Your evidence is important to your case. Be sure your Investigator has that equipment.
Observations & Interviews, a blog by Chet Engstrom
Chet Engstrom is owner of Covert Investigations Services, a private investigations firm located in Lewisville, Texas (DFW area). Texas license number: C10745.
4101 McEwen, Dallas, TX, 75244