There are many things that an employee can do to hurt a business. Employee theft is just one example, but it is at the top of the list, and under the right circumstances it can cost a company a fortune. If you are suspicious of an employee’s conduct, a private investigator provides services that can help you.

Camera Surveillance

Cameras can be both visible and hidden. In some situations, it may be best to use a business surveillance system that is in plain view. This can work as a deterrent against employee theft and workers’ compensation fraud. However, if there is reason to believe one or more of your employees may be involved in illegal activity, you may want to have hidden cameras installed.

It is best to have a corporate investigator involved in the installation of such a system. A corporate, private investigation firm, such as ours, is well versed in the applicable laws regarding the use of hidden cameras in the workplace, so everything will be done legally.

Employee Surveillance After Hours

There may be a need to place an employee under surveillance when they are not on the job. If suspected of theft, for example, they may be selling company property in a public place. However, this type of surveillance should only be done by a professional.

Regardless of your suspicions, your employees have a right to privacy. Without knowing what can and cannot be done when observing people, it is easy to break the law. A private investigator can watch what is taking place, and record it on video if necessary, and all of this can be done within the law.

Undercover Work

Although undercover work is not high-tech, it can still be an effective tool in uncovering problems in the workplace. If there is more than one person involved sometimes the only way to get information is to go undercover and blend in with other employees.

People are often willing to talk to coworkers rather than supervisors or a private investigator. However, just as in the case of hidden cameras and surveillance, there are laws that regulate what can be done when doing uncover work such as this.

Computer Monitoring

Employees will often leave a trace of their illegal intentions or activities on their computers. There are various techniques that can be used to make sure they are doing their job and not doing personal things on corporate time. There is also a variety of software that can be installed.

Some of these programs can help to uncover crimes such as theft and embezzlement. A private investigator can work with you to analyze any evidence uncovered that is suspicious and develop a plan to uncover additional evidence.

Whatever suspicions you have regarding your employees’ wrongdoing, avoid the temptation to confront them directly. Contact us and explain the specifics of your situation.  We can let you know how our services can help to gather additional evidence to either confirm or dismiss your suspicions.

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Bruce Robertson

Bruce Robertson is a private investigator and founder of Tristar Investigation, California’s premiere detective agency. Bruce is also a media commentator for the investigation industry, featured in the New York Times, CNN, History Channel, MSNBC, Los Angeles Times and many more. You can find him on Google+ LinkedIn and YouTube.