THE FIVE STAGES OF AN ACTIVE SHOOTER

Often I come across an article that has been written so well and so on point that it I feel it needs more attention.  Below are some points that ring so true in today's society.  Please take note.

One thing criminal justice experts understand about Active Shooter Incidents (ASI) is that such tragedies will not fade away on their own. An ASI will reappear from time to time in a host of situations unless citizens, school or workplace authorities make an effort to forewarn law enforcement officials. Past incidents make it clear that, more often than not, questionable conduct of a potential active shooter is not brought law enforcement’s attention.  Such information tends to go unreported. Most often law enforcement is called upon after the shooting begins.

 The role of first responders is important.  First responders are efficient, effective, professional, and continually evolve with changing times. However, law enforcement and Executive Protection Agents can do much more in addressing Active Shooters if given the opportunity.  All members of society must take the lead in providing reliable information to local law enforcement agencies and to their management in the workplace. Law enforcement officials and EP Agents depend upon information being brought to their attention for evaluation and follow up before the shooting begins.

Society must do more to assist law enforcement. The Active Shooter can be defeated before the shooting begins if citizens are proactive in informing the police about questionable behavior.  Terrorism has been addressed in the same way; “If you see something, say something.”

No one will lose their civil liberties guaranteed under the Bill of Rights.  At the same time, members of the public providing information about possible Active Shooters to the police will ensure that others will not lose their right to live. Society must take an active role in providing law enforcement the appropriate information to initiate a proactive rather than a reactive approach. Let’s stop the killing before it begins.  This is where a Temple 57 Agent comes in.  If you notice anything odd of an employee/employer, and especially the 5 below noted stages of an Active Shooter, a simple call will save lives.  Simple as that.

The Five Stages of the Active Shooter are:

1.) Fantasy Stage

The shooter exhibits fantasies about hurting others in speech, drawings, writing or as posted online. This is the best time to intervene. A criminal act has not yet occurred. Nobody has been hurt.  At this stage, a potential AS is crying out for help. If police are notified, assistance may be provided without incident.

The following incidents have occurred:

Virginia Tech Shooting – A panel was convened to review the circumstances leading up to the shooting. The finding of the study accuses the university of a systemic failure to respond to Seung-Hui Cho’s two-year history of mental health troubles on campus or to communicate effectively as Seung-Hui Cho, murdered 32 students and faculty before turning a gun on himself.

Gabby Gifford Shooting – Jared Loughner was suspended from Pima Community College. He was believed to be a danger to others. Loughner appeared to be mentally ill or under the influence of drugs. Police documents released by the college indicated various instructors, students and others described Mr. Loughner as “creepy,” “very hostile,” “suspicious” and someone who had a “dark personality.”

Loughner was not permitted to return to the school until he could provide documentation by a mental health expert that he was not a threat to others. Pima Community College acted appropriately to safeguard the school from Loughner’s bizarre behavior.  However, PCC authorities failed to notify local law enforcement this individual was considered a risk to others. Soon thereafter, Representative Gabrielle Gifford was shot in the head when Loughner opened fire outside a grocery store during a constituent’s meeting, killing 6 people and wounding 13 others.

2.) Planning Stage

The shooter’s thoughts are replaced by action at this stage. He is making decisions about targets, activities, as the when, where, and how are being coordinated. An individual planning an ASI may research topics on a computer or even write and publish a manifesto authorizing death warrants.

The Aurora Colorado shooter created such a manifesto, which was discovered in the University of Colorado Mailroom shortly after the tragedy. Reportedly, the shooter provided information and diagrams regarding his intentions.

Intervention at this stage brings all activity to a stop. The circumstances will dictate if medical treatment or legal action is required to address the situation at this stage, if law enforcement is given an opportunity to intervene.

3.) Preparation Stage

The potential shooter devotes time to gather needed materials to complete the deadly task. Items can be purchased to construct explosives. Ammunition may be acquired or purchased. The potential shooter practices his moves. The shooter is ensuring that he can carry out the plan. A potential active shooter tends to forewarn friends to stay away. An alert range master, ammunition dealer, or other vendors may be key in identifying a potential active shooter at this state.  If law enforcement is notified of a potential shooter’s suspected intentions, there is a possibility that police can intercede without the loss of life.

4.) Approach Stage

This is a very dangerous time.  The shooter is committed to carrying out his plan. He is headed toward his intended target. Most likely, he has his weapons on his person or secreted nearby.  Law enforcement may unknowingly engage the shooter by initiating an unrelated traffic stop or may be directed to the shooter based on reported suspicious conduct. This is the last opportunity to overcome the shooter before he acts out.

5.) Implementation Stage

The shooter makes his entry. The plan is in action. The shooting begins. People are being injured and killed. Four phases have already transpired. This is the last one. It is usually at this point law enforcement receives the first call.  Law enforcement has become very quick, efficient, and effective at this stage. Unfortunately, this action tends to be too little, too late. The police are on scene when people are already either wounded or dead.  The shooter has often taken his life by the time officers respond.

The Active Shooter phenomena will not be defeated without education of law enforcement, workplace, and school personnel.  Implementing a Temple Agent prior to impacting an employee or simply due to odd behavior may deter and Active Shooter as well as save lives in the event they follow through with their planned actions of violence. 

John J. Mesa~President, PI, PPS

Workers Compensation Investigations

 

What is Workers Compensation Fraud?

Workers compensation fraud occurs when a claimant, employer, or health care provider knowingly lies in order to gain an advantage, savings, money, or other benefit. While many people believe that workers compensation fraud solely consists of employees lying about or exaggerating their injuries, workers compensation fraud can involve both employers and employees.

What Techniques Do Investigators Use to Uncover Workers Compensation Fraud?

1      Surveillance - Investigators may use audio, video, and other types of surveillance to determine whether an individual worker is as injured as they claim.

2      Interviews and research - Workers compensation investigators may interview colleagues, friends, family, and other individuals to learn whether there is an issue of fraud and, if so, how great.

3     Background checks and records research - An investigation into worker's compensation fraud may include checking medical records, employment records, and other records. Private investigators may also run background checks to see whether a worker has filed numerous compensation claims in the past or if the company has a history of misclassifying employees.

4    Evidence gathering - Workers compensation investigators can gather evidence if they uncover workers compensation insurance fraud. This can help employers and businesses prosecute fraud and cut off workers compensation claims that are not legitimate.

Notable Statistics and Information

Statistics

5      1 in 4 Americans think it's okay to defraud insurers

6       $4.35 million dollars of insurance premium fraud was discovered in 2009

7·       Between 2005 and 2009, $25 billion in disability payments were based on fraud

8      Workers compensation fraud costs the industry $5 billion annually

9      The average household pays $200-$300 extra per year in premiums to offset the cost of fraud

Employee Fraud

10      Injuries with no witnesses

11       Delays in reporting injuries

12      Delays in seeking medical treatment and/or missed appointments

13      Injury while off of work

14     Financial stress at home

15      Filing multiple claims

16     Injury concurrent with termination

Employer Fraud

17       Denial of valid claims

18      Late issuance of disability checks

19       Misclassification of workforce and the nature of work being done by employees

20      Refusal to purchase insurance for employees

21      Making examples of employees who have submitted claims

22     Issuance of 'Ghost Policies' to independent contractors who are actually employees

Do I need a Workers Compensation Investigation?

If you suspect your employee, employer, or a healthcare provider has committed workers compensation fraud, you will need to hire an investigator to conduct and investigation. TEMPLE 57 can help.  Call today at 866.489.3055 or email at info@temple57.com.

John J. Mesa ~ President, PI, PPS

What to expect from a T57 Executive Protection Agent

Executive Protection is the act of enforcing security measures to guarantee the safety of individuals who may be prone to various types of risks such as terrorism, kidnapping or assault. Most people normally seek for this type of protection due to their employment or celebrity status, associations, wealth or even their geographical location that might be a great risk to their lives. Executive protection is not only limited to an individual; it covers the whole family or other people in your life depending on the risks involved.

There are some people who are always willing to take advantage of your status in the society to extort money from you illegally either through kidnapping your family member and other related crimes. In addition, if you are always involved in important business deals that make you travel to various international or local destinations, your family might become a great target for criminals willing to extort money from you. This is where the importance of executive protection comes in. T57’s security experts will accompany you and your entire family during your business tours just to ensure that you are safe.

This type of protection is also suitable for people who receive constant threats due to various reasons. Instead of living in fear, you just need to hire a protection specialist who will always guard you against any possible attack from your enemies. The good thing about this type of protection is the fact that you remain covered everywhere you go. Whether you are planning to have a good time with your family at the park or you are planning to go out shopping, you can always rely on our Temple 57 professionals to keep an eye on you.

 

At the company level, this type of protection can also be offered as training to the employees. They are trained on how to protect themselves when they are in danger, how to handle small arms, combat training, martial arts training and so on. This is very crucial for any company that seeks to secure its business territory from an expected attack. It is a way of preparing both the management and employees in case of an emergency that requires rapid response. The training offered to the employees comes in handy especially if their employers cannot always move around with their executive protection specialists.  When you find it necessary to hire an Executive Protection Specialist, you can count on Temple 57.

 

John J. Mesa ~ President, PI, PPS

How can a private investigator help keep my child safe during divorce or child custody dispute?

All too common in today’s headlines are stories involving children who have been abused. While we worry about our children’s safety around strangers, we sometimes fail to take the proper precautions to keep children safe in their own environments. Private investigators specializing in child custody investigations work directly with an attorney to generate a formative case for impeachment. Child custody investigators are trained to investigate and detect child abuse, neglect, substance and alcohol abuse, and other behaviors that may endanger a child. The information gathered by a qualified child custody private investigator about a custodial or non-custodial parent during a legal custody investigation, can uncover behavior that places a child at risk of harm, while also documenting the incidents of concern. This is a critical step in ensuring the information gathered during the child custody investigation can be presented in court if necessary. During cases of separation and divorce, no cutting corners when considering the safety of a child, and a qualified private investigator can literally save a child’s life.

Why is it important to utilize a private investigator specializing in child custody investigations?

Any separation or divorce is an emotional time during one’s life. At times, the situation can become volatile. While a parent’s first priority should be the child’s safety and emotional stability, it is not uncommon for parents to make false allegations to restrict the other parent’s access to the child. Unfortunately, children commonly become the pawns during a divorce and child custody case. Utilizing a private investigator specializing in custodial investigations can reduce incidents of false accusations, substantiate legitimate allegations, and ensure the child’s well-being is first priority.

Ideally, a qualified and licensed private investigator is hired to conduct the child custody investigation and work directly with an attorney during the pre-filing phase. The private investigator and the attorney handling the casework together to ensure all concerns are addressed prior to filing the case in court. This also ensures as much information as possible is presented to the court during the initial phase of the child custody case.

What happens during a child custody investigation?

A child custody investigator can document critical information during exchanges and visitations to chronicle how the child is treated while in the care of the other parent. Gathering evidence supporting mistreatment or neglect of a child during a legal custody investigation can entail interviewing the other parent, questioning witnesses, and conducting background checks on all parties involved in the child’s care. In addition, an experienced private investigator will conduct an on-site assessment of the child’s home can determine if the child is being cared for in a suitable environment by evaluating the cleanliness of the home and those who reside in, or frequently visit the home.

Also very common is utilizing video surveillance to document the parent’s behavior while the child is in their care, documenting those the parent associates with and who the parent may be exposing the child to, if the parent is participating in an illegal of reckless behavior, and any incidents of abuse such as keeping record of any bruises or injuries. Hiring a licensed child custody investigator ensures the investigation is conducted legally and the quality of evidence gathered can be used in a court of law. If required, the investigator will also provide expert court testimony.

Should I hire a child custody private investigator and what should I be doing?


When children’s safety is in question, it is always best to be safe than sorry. If no questionable behavior is uncovered, everyone can feel secure knowing the child is in safe hands with two loving and responsible parents.

John J. Mesa ~ President, PI, PPS

Written by a Cop...

I came across this on FB, and the advice is sound, and unfortunately needed in the world we live in.  Please take the time to read this, as educating oneself is sometimes protecting oneself! 

 Everyone should take 5 minutes to read this. It may save your life or a loved one's life. In daylight hours, refresh yourself of these things to do in an emergency situation... This is for you, and for you to share with your wife, your children, & everyone you know. After reading these 9 crucial tips, forward them to someone you care about. It never hurts to be careful in this crazy world we live in.

1. Tip from Tae Kwon Do :The elbow is the strongest point on your body. If you are close enough to use it, do!

2. Learned this from a tourist guide. If a robber asks for your wallet and/or purse,
DO NOT HAND IT TO HIM. Toss it away from you... Chances are that he is more interested in your wallet and/or purse than you, and he will go for the wallet/purse.
RUN LIKE MAD IN THE OTHER DIRECTION!

3. If you are ever thrown into the trunk of a car, kick out the back tail lights and stick your arm out the hole and start waving like crazy.. The driver won't see you, but everybody else will. This has saved lives.

4. Women have a tendency to get into their cars after shopping, eating, working, etc., and just sit (doing their checkbook, or making a list, etc.
DON'T DO THIS!) The predator will be watching you, and this is the perfect opportunity for him to get in on the passenger side, put a gun to your head,
and tell you where to go. AS SOON AS YOU GET INTO YOUR CAR ,
LOCK THE DOORS AND LEAVE..

If someone is in the car with a gun to your head DO NOT DRIVE OFF, Repeat:
DO NOT DRIVE OFF! Instead gun the engine and speed into anything, wrecking the car. Your Air Bag will save you. If the person is in the back seat they will get the worst of it. As soon as the car crashes bail out and run. It is better than having them find your body in a remote location.

5. A few notes about getting into your car in a parking lot, or parking garage:
A.) Be aware:look around you, look into your car, at the passenger side floor ,
and in the back seat.
B.) If you are parked next to a big van, enter your car from the passenger door.
Most serial killers attack their victims by pulling them into their vans while the women
are attempting to get into their cars. C.) Look at the car parked on the driver's side of your vehicle, and the passenger side.. If a male is sitting alone in the seat nearest your car, you may want to walk back into the mall, or work, and get a guard/policeman to walk you back out. IT IS ALWAYS BETTER TO BE SAFE THAN SORRY. (And better paranoid than dead.)

6. ALWAYS take the elevator instead of the stairs. Stairwells are horrible places to be alone and the perfect crime spot. This is especially true at NIGHT!)

7. If the predator has a gun and you are not under his control, ALWAYS RUN!
The predator will only hit you (a running target) 4 in 100 times; and even then,
it most likely WILL NOT be a vital organ. RUN, Preferably in a zig -zag pattern!

8. As women, we are always trying to be sympathetic: STOP It may get you raped, or killed. Ted Bundy, the serial killer, was a good-looking, well educated man, who ALWAYS played on the sympathies of unsuspecting women. He walked with a cane, or a limp, and often asked 'for help' into his vehicle or with his vehicle, which is when he abducted his next victim.

9. Another Safety Point: Someone just told me that her friend heard a crying baby on her porch the night before last, and she called the police because it was late
and she thought it was weird.. The police told her 'Whatever you do, DO NOT
open the door..' The lady then said that it sounded like the baby
had crawled near a window, and she was worried that it would crawl to the street and get run over. The policeman said, 'We already have a unit on the way,
whatever you do, DO NOT open the door.' He told her that they think a serial killer
has a baby's cry recorded and uses it to coax women out of their homes thinking that someone dropped off a baby.. He said they have not verified it, but have had several calls by women saying that they hear baby's cries outside their doors when they're home alone at night.

10. Water scam! If you wake up in the middle of the night to hear all your taps outside running or what you think is a burst pipe, DO NOT GO OUT TO INVESTIGATE! These people turn on all your outside taps full blast so that you will go out to investigate and then attack.

Stay alert, keep safe, and look out for your neighbors! Please pass this on
This e-mail should probably be taken seriously because the Crying Baby Theory was mentioned on America 's Most Wanted when they profiled
the serial killer in Louisiana

I'd like you to forward this to all the women you know.
It may save a life. A candle is not dimmed by lighting another candle..
I was going to send this to the ladies only,
but guys, if you love your mothers, wives, sisters, daughters, etc.,
you may want to pass it onto them, as well.

Send this to any woman you know that may need
to be reminded that the world we live in has a lot of crazies in it
and it's better to be safe than sorry..
Everyone should take 5 minutes to read this. It may save your life or
a loved one's life.

John J. Mesa ~ President, PI, PPS

10 Ways to Protect Yourself Against Identity Theft

I came across this important info while browsing Bank of America's protection portion.  Funny, because I personally know 3 people (friends and relatives) that have experienced Identity Theft to the point of almost crippling them in debt.  Please take the time to read the following 10 ways you can protect yourself from someone destroying you financially.

 Protecting yourself against identity theft is always easier than having to clear your name and credit record after the fact. It can take a lot of your time and even some of your own money to clear your name if you are a victim. So, here are 10 things you can do to help protect yourself from becoming one of the 9.9 million victims of identity theft.

#1. Guard your social security number, PINs, passwords and account numbers. 
Are you walking around with your social security card in your wallet, on your checks and maybe even on your driver’s license? Do you have all your passwords and account numbers written out and shoved in your wallet or purse? If you do, you could make it really easy for a thief to open accounts in your name. Only give out your social security number when absolutely necessary, generally for tax purposes or when applying for credit. For job applications, driver’s license and school identification, your social security number is not usually required. When asked for your Social Security Number for things like driver’s licenses or student IDs, first ask if it is possible to not have it printed on these items. If that isn’t possible then find out how your information will be used and what measures will be taken to protect it.

#2. Monitor bank statements and credit card statements. 
Make sure you’re looking at your bank and credit card statements regularly, checking for any suspicious activity, such as withdrawals or purchases you didn’t make. If you don’t receive paper statements, make sure you are using online banking to check your statements often. The more frequently you are checking your accounts, the quicker you would catch the theft and contain the possible damage.

#3. Shred documents. 
You should shred anything that has personal information on it, like past account statements and any of those pre-approved credit card offers that don’t interest you. You might also consider calling 1-888-5-OptOut or visitingwww.optoutprescreen.com to be removed from any future mailing lists for those types of offers. Just know that there might be some good offers out there that you might miss out on.

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#4. Make sure websites are secure.
Whether you’re shopping, banking or paying bills, you need to make sure that the information you share online is secure and won’t be shared with anyone else. Anytime you are about to share personal information, such as your Social Security number, credit card information or bank account number, make sure the site is secure by looking for two things: a yellow lock in the lower right-hand corner of your browser and the “s” on the end of http: in the URL line of your browser. If you don’t see these, find someplace else to shop.

#5. Be cautious when sharing computers. 
If you share a computer with a roommate, or use a computer at a library or computer lab, make sure you clear all cookies when you are finished using the computer and always make sure you log out and delete your log in from the computer’s memory.

#6. Guard your laptop, cell phone, PDA and other technology against theft. 
Laptops, cell phones and PDAs are hot targets for thieves, so make sure you keep close watch on these items and use strong passwords with a combination of upper and lower case letters, numbers and symbols to protect your data.

#7. Keep copies of cards and documents. 
It’s a good idea to keep a copy of all your identification and credit cards, as well as other important documents, in case they are stolen. This is especially helpful if one or more of your credit cards goes missing because you’ll have the 1-800 numbers and account numbers so you’ll easily be able to call the credit card company and cancel your card.

#8. Treat mail with care. 
Always deposit any outgoing mail containing personally identifying information in a post office collection box or at the post office, rather than in an unsecured mailbox. And make sure you get your mail every day. You might consider contacting your bank, credit card provider and other companies that send you bills to switch to paperless billing. If you're planning to be away from home and have no one that can pick up your mail for you, contact the U.S. Postal Service to request a vacation hold. The USPS will hold your mail at your local post office until you can pick it up or can begin receiving it again.

#9. Avoid phishing scams. 
Never give out your personal information on the phone, through the mail or via the Internet unless you are sure you know who you're dealing with. Identity thieves may pose as representatives of banks, Internet service providers (ISPs), or government agencies to get you to reveal your Social Security number, account numbers and other identifying information.

#10. Be cautious when using the ATM. 
If you’re using a walk-up ATM, a gas pump, a grocery store card swipe machine or any other public debit or credit machine, make sure to keep an eye on the people around you to ensure they’re not “shoulder surfing,” or watching you as you enter in your PIN. Also make sure you take any receipts with you when you are finished with your transaction. Be on the lookout for any unusual equipment on the ATM to ensure a skimming device has not been attached. Another good tip is to cover the keyboard while entering your PIN so that it cannot be recorded by a hidden camera or seen by someone close by.

John J. Mesa ~ President, PI, PPS

Should You Hire A PI

Okay, so you've exhausted all possibilities of resolving the matter privately, and you're ready to ask for the assistance of a professional. Here's what you need to do:

1- Where to look

Your best bet is to ask someone you trust wholeheartedly for a referral; the last thing you need is word getting around that you've hired a detective. If no one in your immediate circle has had to hire a “gumshoe”, you can always fall back on the Yellow Pages (Online). 

Keep in mind that you're best bet would be to hire a detective that is located in the area in which the search is going to occur. For instance, if you know your gambling cousin has fled the East Coast for Oregon, employ the services of an investigator stationed on the West Coast and the cost will be reduced significantly. Should this be the case, however, searching the Internet for a detective may be the way to go.

2- License status

Besides Alabama, Alaska, Colorado, Idaho, Mississippi, and South Dakota, all other states require that private investigators have a license issued by the government. The requirements to obtain such a license are usually quite rigorous and demand that the licensee has no criminal record. PI’s must also pass state-specific tests to gauge their qualifications and experience.


  Ask for the license number
Once you've located a detective you want to hire, ask to see his license and write down the number. It is illegal for a person to act as a private investigator without a license -- it's also illegal for you to hire an unlicensed person. It's definitely not worth the hassle. If the guy refuses to give you his number, walk away.

  Verify the number
Licenses for private detectives are public record so you can check the validity of your PI's license number quite easily. What you need to do is call your state's licensing authority. The name of this agency, unfortunately, varies from state to state. California’s is the BSIS located at www.bsis.com


Oftentimes, it's the state police, department of public safety, or the state's licensing board that handles the task. When you call, make sure the license hasn't expired, that the name provided matches your investigator's, and ask to see if any complaints have been filed against him.

Make sure he has insurance and don't be afraid to ask him anything.

3- Insurance coverage

Although this may seem like a trivial, administrative nitpick, bonding and liability insurance coverage is one of the main elements you should lookout for when hiring a PI. Many jurisdictions insist that the licensee be covered by a policy covering a certain amount of money, since it's there to protect Clients.

It's also an interesting way of telling amateurs apart from professionals. Investigators who are serious about their trade have, for the most part, coverage as high as a million dollars. Since this coverage is also public record, you can make certain it exists. California requires a million dollar insurance policy.

4- Interview

Now that you know the investigator is street legal, you need to make sure he's competent. A few minutes spent talking with him can be enough to make a sound decision.

  Media attention
First of all, look for newspaper clippings or references on the Internet about him to see if he's been in the news. However, and most likely, don't dismiss the person or company just because the media hasn't talked about them yet; most PI’s keep a low profile for obvious reasons.

  Specific experience
Because each case is different, ask if he has any experience with the type of investigation you're hiring him for. For example, if you need to have your cousin located and the PI is an expert at surveillance, he may not be the right man for the job.

  Special skills
In addition to being licensed, your investigator may have another certification. For instance, the National Association of Legal Investigators awards a CLI (Certified Legal Investigator) certification to experts in that field. Detectives specializing in fraud get a CFE (Certified Fraud Examiner) certification, which is granted by the Association of Certified Fraud Examiners. Or they may have a PPO license making them a Private Protection Specialist, PPS.

  Business ethics
Call your local Better Business Bureau or State Attorney General's office to make sure there haven't been any consumer complaints against your investigator or his agency. You should also be blunt and ask your private eye if he provides, and abides by, a confidentiality agreement. You definitely don't want your private information and investigation results being sold to a rival.

  Final questions
Ask any questions you feel are relevant. At any point, if you don't feel comfortable with this person, excuse yourself and leave. As a good indicator of his ethics and proficiency level, ask about how the detective has gotten into this line of work. Also, don't be taken aback if the detective asks you questions. He has to protect himself, and ensure that you're not hiring him to do something illegal.

5- Hiring process

Satisfied with your investigator, you're ready to hire him. The finishing stage is about the discussion of payment. In this industry, the accepted method of billing consists of an hourly rate ($45-$95 US), plus job-related expenses like airline tickets, hotel fees, and long-distance calls.

Some detectives are open to working for a flat fee, in which you must provide a deposit. If the person is quite experienced, he may be able to give you an estimate as to how much it'll cost you when all is said and done.

You're better off asking for an estimate regardless, so as to avoid being taken for a ride. Be prepared to pay no matter what; if your girlfriend isn't having an affair after all, you won't be getting your money back! But you will have peace of mind.

John J. Mesa ~ President, PI, PPS

An Affair and How a PI can help find the TRUTH

If you're living with the pain of not knowing, T57 can help.  Whether you're partner is starting to wander off or is involved with a full blown affair, the truth is what you need.   You may suspect something is going on and of course that can eat away at you every second of your day.  

You don't want to accuse and push your partner farther away from you, so what do you do?  Unfortunately today, adultery finds it's form in many different ways, from texting and emails, to even taking care of an entire other family.  Either way, it's better to find out sooner rather than later and on terms that you can deal with.  The realization that your partner may be cheating on you is an obvious pain that seems too much to handle, yet not knowing the truth can truly make you feel insane and act out in ways that may push your partner away even more.  Take the time to do your own research of course. The more information you have or "INTEL" can put you at ease or provide a professional investigator with the tools to figure your situation out fast.

Having this "INTEL" can also cut down your financial cost when dealing with a PI.  The more information we have, the quicker we can make a stealthy plan to find the truth and cut down your cost as well.  These can be from pics you've taken of texts or credit card statements for restaurants you've never been to together, etc.  Trips to places that for some reason take hours now.  During these times, for some reason, their phone doesn't get texts and they can't be reached.  Perhaps they don't leave their phone out in plain site anymore, not even to charge...there are so many small vital signs that can lead you to believe that your partner is cheating. 

We all yearn to know the truth when these warning signs do occur.  A professional PI who understands surveillance, proper investigative techniques, and truly how to deal with these delicate situations in a calm and collective manner can help you find the truth.

John J. Mesa ~ President, PI, PPS

 

 

What To Look For When Hiring A Private Investigator

Hiring a private investigator is not something that most people do every day.  Asking the right questions before hiring a private investigator can help you avoid a potential disaster down the road.

Hiring a private investigator is not something that most people do every day.  Asking the right questions before hiring a private investigator can help you avoid a potential disaster down the road.

Hiring a private investigator is not something that most people do every day.  Asking the right questions before hiring a private investigator can help you avoid a potential disaster down the road.

The facts can make or break a case.  The right investigator – one who is reliable, resourceful and knowledgeable – can help the Client develop facts, secure evidence, and perform countless other tasks to make their or their attorney’s life easier.

Conversely, the wrong investigator can antagonize witnesses, embarrass you in front of your Client, provide you with bad information, and waste your money.  Even more important, private investigators have that most precious commodity (one that lawyers & Client's often lack) the time – day or night – to get the job done.

Additionally, the investigator’s past should have no serious blemishes. A good private investigator should have expertise in the following areas:

  • Interviewing techniques
  • Serving as a fact or expert witness
  • Statement taking
  • Utilizing sophisticated databases
  • Having government contacts
  • Handling of evidence, both physical and documentary
  • Dealing with reluctant or adverse witnesses
  • Access to other experts in various forensic disciplines
  • Knowledge of other private investigators in other geographic locations for subpoena and other services
  • Vehicle surveillance

Remember, the license does not guarantee a qualified investigator. 

John J. Mesa ~ President, PI, PPS