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Signs You Could Be Being Stalked

Thursday, December 1st, 2016

At Advanced Professional Investigations, our surveillance and private detective services are second to none. We’re here to assist with everything from fraud to background investigations, with your discretion and privacy at the top of our priority list.

An item we get calls for pretty frequently is stalking. It’s a hidden world not many people are exposed to, but those who have dealt with a stalker have often been opened up to uncomfortable and sometimes horrific experiences. We’re here to help if you’re worried about being stalked, but only you can recognize the danger signs before you give us a call. Let’s look at a few of these warning signs.

Intensity

Most people who engage in stalking behavior are very intense in nature, part of what fuels their obsession. Simply being intense doesn’t automatically mean someone is a stalker, of course, but it can absolutely be an initial warning sign.

A stalker might sustain uncomfortably long eye contact, speak in loud and argumentative tones or have extreme facial expressions. If you see these habits along with any of our other warning signs, you might have your answer.

Personal Information

A stalker will often be eerily well-informed on your life and your personal details. They might track your schedule or your online habits, and it’s very possible they’re following your social media through anonymous accounts even once you’ve blocked them. They may start grilling you over the people you take pictures or spend time with, or reveal bits of information that it should be impossible for someone in their position to know.

Unannounced Visits

If the person suddenly seems to know your schedule and shows up far more often than random coincidence would suggest, that could be another sign. In some extreme cases, stalkers will continue to come around you even when you’ve asked them not to or told them you have other plans.

Physical Advances

When they do manage to get in your presence, many stalkers will engage in uncomfortable physical advances. This may just be standing too close to you or staring at you for long periods, or could include actual grabbing and physical touching. These are possessive behaviors that signal stalking.

Have you noticed any of these signs? There’s a real chance you need to speak with one of our private investigators at Advanced Professional Investigations.

How Surveillance Can Be Beneficial

Tuesday, November 1st, 2016

They aren’t situations in which we prefer to operate all the time, but there are times in life where a private investigator may be necessary. In particular, many unfortunate circumstances may require the hiring of a professional to conduct surveillance services.

At Advanced Professional Investigations, our professional private investigators will work with you to quickly and painlessly resolve your issue. We know that these situations often involve discretion and privacy, and we’re experienced at providing these and keeping you comfortable.

What are some reasons you might need our surveillance services?

Marital Disputes

One of the most common uses of surveillance is during marital disputes, an often-ugly process that can begin when someone suspects that a partner is being unfaithful but has no way to prove this. Surveillance can often be the only way to definitely prove lack of faith, which can actually be a very important factor in divorce cases.

Additionally, surveillance can be used to assist this process when children are involved. Things like quality of parental care, time constraints and potential negative issues like abuse, neglect or drug problems are all areas proper surveillance can help weed out and bring to the forefront.

Workplace Issues

Billions of dollars’ worth of products are stolen from workplaces every year by dishonest employees and scammers, but proper surveillance can put a stop to this in a hurry. A surveillance specialist like Advanced Professional Investigations can also assist with other forms of employee misconduct, including drug or alcohol use and misuse of equipment.

Worker’s Compensation and Insurance Fraud

It’s common for people to fake or exaggerate injuries or other conditions that might allow them to collect worker’s compensation or other forms of insurance without actually doing any work (or without actually getting hurt). Other forms of insurance fraud that are common include personal injury and disability claims, both also areas which can benefit from proper surveillance.

Stalking Concerns

Stalking is more common than you might believe, whether it’s in person, online or otherwise. This can include frequent trespassing on private property as well, or in some cases people who have already been issued a restraining order and may not be complying. Each of these areas can be addressed in part through surveillance, which can uncover the evidence needed to take action.

Advanced Professional Investigations is a premier private detective service in the Denver area, with years of experience conducting surveillance and other private investigative practices. Our professionals are standing by to help with all your needs.

At Risk Clients and Family Law Investigations

Saturday, February 16th, 2013

As professional private investigators, at times we are called in to family law cases to determine if the client is secure. Divorce is very emotional and therefore can be volatile by nature. Although many are settled quietly and respectfully, some divorces can bring out behaviors that may put a client at risk.

 

Advanced Professional Investigations has received calls from family law attorneys representing clients that, after years of abuse, the clients finally have the courage to leave the relationship and start proceedings for divorce. Unfortunately, in some of the cases, the potential for escalation and struggle for control may be present. Actions such as harassment, physical and electronic stalking through the use of texts, emails and GPS tracking devices, begin to both appear and increase.

 

One particular case stands out: a woman had endured years of physical and emotional abuse. She had several young children. She did not have the courage to leave the marriage, nor the support of others. The fact that her home was in a very remote area also meant that police response usually took over an hour.

 

Her isolation was an effective barrier to seeking help. The final beating she endured left her unable to walk for several weeks. Her husband was arrested, ordered to leave the house and had a protection order put into place against him; but amazingly enough, was still given visitation rights with the children. Harassment began immediately in the form of phone calls and texts – then through the children, and even through the children’s friends. She was devastated, and was convinced that she would not make it to the court hearing without physical harm.

 

Her attorney hired API, explaining he felt security measures would be appropriate and that she was afraid for her life. From an investigator’s perspective, we first needed to assess her home and neighborhood for risk factors, and check her vehicles for GPS tracking devices.

 

By the time we had been brought on the case, her soon-to-be ex-husband had already broken the protection order several times by showing up at the home, so his disregard for authority needed to be taken into consideration. Leaving the residence was not an option for her at the time.

 

In assessing the risk factors of her residence, we determined an alarm system was needed. We also pointed out the highest risk areas of entry to the home and called in a lock smith to change all of the locks and codes to the garage. As we considered her case to be high-risk, we assigned armed security at her residence 24 hours a day and conducted anti stalking surveillance. Our presence made a statement, and proved to be a deterrent; during the time we were there, he showed up twice. Each time, we immediately contacted the police and documented his presence. We then worked with the Victims Advocate Unit in the area and the police to ensure her safety, until she was escorted by API investigators to court.

 

A great deal of detail has been left out in this retelling. This has been the most extreme case we ever had, causing  API’s investigators many restless nights. Unfortunately, although extreme, the situation itself is not uncommon in divorces.

 

API can help in assessing the possible risk factors to your clients. Our family law investigators will provide expertise, documentation and recommendations, helping you to better assess your client’s needs in a possible at-risk case.