Most affairs now begin online – 20% from Facebook

Did you know that around 70% of all affairs these days begin online, or that 20% begin on Facebook?

Which isn’t really all that surprising, seeing as how this is the electronic age.  It does change how spouses and significant others address the problem though.  Before virtually everyone had access to a computer, people met others at work, after work, at a gym – usually relatively close to home, unless they met someone on a business trip.

These days however, people can search for a clandestine meeting in the comfort of their own home.  There are sites that make it easy to find a stranger, or even a former girlfirend or boyfriend who may have moved away from the area years before.   

One thing that has not changed all that much are the signs to look for that someone is having an affair.  In this article written by Jayne Keedle for the Albany Times Union; 

http://www.dailycomet.com/article/20110415/WIRE/110419611/1008?Title=Signs-your-partner-may-be-cheating

we see that people involved in affairs will often have changes in personality, dress, habits, etc.  There are also “electronic signs” to look for; a secret cell phone, going outside to take calls/read text messages, or staying up late at night on the computer (which is kept locked/coded).

One thing to be very aware of is that the other person very often has a “reasonable expectation of privacy”, which means that you may be breaking the law by “hacking into’ their computer to read e-mails.  Federal laws may apply and stiff penalties such as large fines and jail sentences may be imposed, so be very careful not to break the law.

If you suspect that something may be taking place, it is advisable to hire a professional investigator – one who knows and obeys the law.  An experienced investigator will review your case and advise you how to gather evidence from surveillance, social media, etc.

How Private Investigators Interview to find “Bad Guys”

How many companies with security problems use their own internal resources to investigate employee theft, industrial espionage, etc. ?  I think the answer would probably be; “the majority”. 

HR Departments have traditionally been the ”go to” people within corporations to conduct interviews.  Proprietory security personnel have also been used for these tasks. My question is; “what specialized training or experience have these folks received that equips them for such roles? 

Having conducted interviews totalling in the thousands around the world, I can share with you that it takes many years and probably thousands of hours of interviewing to develop not only a certain comfort level, but the ability to be able to pick up on things like eye movement, breathing, body shifting, hesitation, etc. 

What experienced investigators know is that simply talking to a person and taking notes is not enough.  The interview process begins way before that.  A good investigator will conduct research and prepare questions before the interview ever begins.  They know that there are a number of important factors to consider, such as planning on where the interviewee will sit.  Have you previously considered this?

Some other questions to consider are; “do I know the right questions to ask?”, ”what are the signs of stress?”, “how can I make a person tell me what I need to know?”, “how do I follow-up?”.  Unfortunately, you won’t find all the answers you need in a blog or a book.  It takes time, training and putting that training into practice. 

Corporations should not feel like they have to “do it all”.  In-house security personnel may be quite capable of taking care of many of the day-t0-day security tasks that arise, but they probably should not be asked to conduct investigations involving employee theft, sexual harrassment, workman’s comp, fraud cases etc., where extensive interviewing is needed. 

Credentialed and experienced professionals can not only save a company millions of dollars in lost revenue and or litigation/law suits, but protect their reputation from being tarnished and damaged.  The question then becomes; “what value do you put on your reputation?”. 

Bodyguard and P.I. Training at Sexton Executive Security, Inc.

Training is definitely the theme at Sexton Executive Security over the next 5 weeks. We kick-off our training programs with our certified Private Investigator class from 9/20 – 9/26.

We often receive employment requests from people looking to work as private investigators. Who could blame them – the work is both exciting and rewarding at the same time. Where else could you legally follow someone around all day/night as they drove, shopped, ate, danced, etc., AND get well paid for it? The answer is; outside of Law Enforcement – nowhere.

Private Investigator training is a great background for future careers. In these tough economic times, many people are loooking for security and are seeking out public sector employment. If you do an online search and use phrases such as “investigator”, “inspector”, or “Inspector General”, you will see just how many positions are available with the Federal, State and local government.

Having private sector training from a certified training academy (SEXTON is certified by the Department of Criminal Justice Services)can not only qualify you for a current job opening, it can also translate into a higher pay grade and empower you with more responsibility and act as a “fast track’ for your career. One of our graduates from last year’s Las Vegas E.P. training class is a perfect example.

In some other States, you can work as an apprentice investigator until you get licensed, but in the Commmonwealth of Virginia, you must be a registered P.I. before you can conduct an investigation. This means that you must first attend training to become registered.

If you are serious about a career in the investigations field, then you should carefully consider where to attend training. Remember, not all schools are created equal and while some will go above and beyond to teach you everything you need for a solid foundation in the field, others will cut corners and concentrate on their profit from training you.

If you make your choice based on the fact that attending a particular school will save you a couple hundred dollars (we often hear this as a reason), then you are selling yourself short, way short. A couple hundred dollars is one day’s pay. Is your career (which could easily last 30 + years) not worth more than a day’s pay?

At SEXTON, our focus is on you, the student. Our mission statement is to provide a superior training experience, so that you are best prepared for the tasks ahead once you enter the field. As a way of demonstrating how important that is to us, we hire our own graduates to conduct investigations for our clients.

Is there any higher endorsement than to hire those you taught to provide services for your top clients? Even if you are not a resident of VA, you can still attend our highly acclaimed training (one graduate calls us; “The Harvard of P.I. schools!).

The Department of Criminal Justice Services (DCJS)is highly regarded throughout the U.S. and often seen as the premiere regulating body. Schools and courses certified by them are therefore widely accepted by employers and other authorities.