Frequently Asked Questions
Here is a list of some of the most frequently asked questions we get into our Los Angeles private detective agency.
How quickly can you start an investigation?
It is often possible to start a case immediately. Usually, 24-hour notice is plenty of time. When you call LA INTELLIGENCE you will go through a comprehensive FREE CASE EVALUATION to gather all of the facts of your specific case. LA INTELLIGENCE prides itself on fast turnaround time and prompt responses to all individuals.
What information is required to start a surveillance assignment?
LA INTELLIGENCE investigators need very detailed information before starting a surveillance. It is best to gather all of the subject’s personal information (daily habits, photographs, physical description, vehicle description, work location, and home address). It is very important to our investigators to have all this information to make a case profile of the subject and anticipate his or her moves. We will also need the best time a subject leaves for the gym, work, home, friends house etc. LAI understands this may be the first time you are going through this experience but rest assure we handle all cases professionally and discreetly. Surveillance is billed on an hourly basis plus a mileage charge. Rates are dependent on where the surveillance will take place. Before the case is started, LAI will establish a strategy depending on the circumstances and your needs. Once this plan is in place, a budget can be discussed. We will never go over the surveillance time allotted according to your budget, without obtaining your permission beforehand. Investigative services are payable in advance of the work being conducted. Payment can be made by credit card, cash, check, or money order.
How many investigators are used on a domestic surveillance case?
The number of investigators depends upon a number of factors. Basic surveillance on an individual being followed from home or an uncomplicated work situation can be conducted by one investigator. More complicated scenarios, such as following someone from a high-rise office building, airport, or hotel sometimes require an additional investigator. Other factors in which we may recommend a second investigator include fast and aggressive drivers and extra alert drivers who always watch the rear view mirror. An additional investigator increases the cost of surveillance, and this factor is also taken into consideration in arriving at your budget. For a proper frame of reference, consider the fact that no law enforcement agency would ever conduct surveillance with less than two cars and few do that. The more investigators, the less likely the chance of detection.
Is my information kept secret?
Yes, and any information submitted to us verbally or on¬line is kept secret and confidential.
How is the surveillance plan established?
Planning is often more important than execution. The better job LA INTELLIGENCE does of designing the surveillance, the more likely it is to be more productive and the more cost-effective it will be. Because you know more about your spouse’s behavior than we ever will, we rely on you to assist us in developing the correct time and place to watch them. We need you to determine when they are most likely to be engaged in this behavior and where we should start surveillance. All these questions and more go into creating an effective surveillance strategy.
Can I get a free price quote?
Yes, call LA INTELLIGENCE and we will set up a no-obligation FREE CASE EVALUATION (310) 894-5200.
What if I am wrong?
If there is no evidence that the subject is cheating, you will have gained peace of mind about your relationship. Since our investigations are 100% confidential, you will not have risked sacrificing the relationship if you are wrong.
Is it legal to follow or conduct surveillance upon another person?
It is legal to conduct surveillance upon a person for legitimate purposes. You must hire a licensed investigator to carry out assignments. It is illegal in all states to record the voice without at least one person’s consent. Many states require all parties to consent to an audio recording.
Will the suspected cheater find out that they are being watched?
Our surveillance investigations are 100% confidential. LA INTELLIGENCE does everything necessary to ensure the covert nature of the investigation. If we ever perceive that the security of the investigation is threatened, we back off and re-evaluate with your input. One important point: Never threaten to hire an investigator. This could make the suspected cheater more difficult to watch. If you have done this, be sure to tell us ahead of time so we can prepare.
How do you follow someone?
The techniques of tailing people are an acquired skill. When following someone we are constantly weighing two factors against each other. First we want to stay close enough to make sure we do not lose the subject at a traffic light or in heavy traffic. However, we are constantly balancing this against staying so close that we run the risk of being observed by the subject. The art of balancing these two factors in a variety of situations can be executed well only by having an experienced investigator working the case. In some cases, a second investigator is preferable or required which allows us to keep safer distances while not minimizing the chance of losing the subject.
What do I do once surveillance is set up?
Once the surveillance plan is in place it is important that you do not do anything to alert the subject of the investigation. Do not change your habits and do not ask too many questions about their activities.
Is your firm up to date with security devices?
Yes, we use the latest and greatest technology devices to assist in solving our client’s cases as quickly and accurately as possible. We use the most advanced GPS tracking devices and video cameras.
What evidence will I receive at the conclusion?
The evidence collected in all surveillance consists of the videotape of the activities, and the surveillance report, which details all of the activity in writing. Both are submitted to you, or if you wish we can maintain them for you.
How can I reach your office?
You can call us at (310) 894-5200 or email info@LAintelligence.com
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