Pre-Surveillance or Cyber Investigations
In the past, a workup was conducted on all Surveillance and Investigation assignments. This was necessary in the case of surveillance with the intention to ensure that the surveillance was established with the most accurate and updated information.
Pre-Surveillance has evolved from the ever-present and growing forms of open source and publicly available information. Pre-Surveillance or Cyber Investigations are playing an expanded and vital role in all investigations and especially pertaining to surveillance.
Pre-Surveillance is generally a condensed cyber or background investigation conducted from a computer where Subject information is Verified, Identified and Expanded on, using skilled, lawful means and methods.
Cyber Investigations can be conducted as a Pre-Surveillance, but these Cyber Investigations can also evolve into complete Background and Cyber Profiling Investigations. One of the major differences between a Cyber Investigation and a Backgroung Check or Profile is usually the budget or time alloted for the Investigation.
Pre- Surveillance = 2 to 4 hrs
Cyber Investigation = 10 to 12 hrs
Background or Cyber Profiling = 15 to 30 hrs
As the name suggests this type of Investigation is designed to confirm information that has been provided is current and uptodate. Meaning its vitally important to have the correct and curent address of a Subject. In addition, obtaining identifcation pictures of the Subject, family or pets will be very helpful in positivily identifying the Subject. Researching maps of the area and possible setups or vantage points for surveillance. Sometimes vehicle and unknown business information can be established. All these Pre-Surveillance data points enable the Investigation to start with factors that lead to a productive surveillance.
The term Cyber has become the accepted and understood term for everything online or internet related.
A Cyber Investigation a few years back would have been simply called a Background Investigation or even Due Diligence. More and more information is stored, compiled and desseminated online today than ever before in human history. These investigations will focus largely on obtaining meaningful information on identifiable people and companies. The scope generally is determined by what is available online and what can be accessed legally and lawfully. Budgets for these investigations can vary as some clients have replaced the background investigation with a cyber investigation.
Cyber or Background Profile
Building off the Cyber Investigation. The Cyber or Background Profile will generally dig much deeper. An Investigator will not focus just on information available online. Depending on the scope and nature of the assignment the Investigator might conduct physical checks of addresses, business and personal. Locate ad Interview people and possibly take statements.
There are many variations to these investigations, far to many to outline them all. A good rule of thumb is the scope of these investigations are only limited by the skill of the Investigator and will of the client.
Confirm Identifiable pictures of a subject
Additional phone numbers
Maps of the area and street views
Details pertaining to other friends and family
Social activities and clubs
Additional employment information
Previous employment information
Timeline of events over the past days, months and sometimes years
Hobbies and recreational activities
Civil court history
Criminal court history
News articles & media spots