Merriam-Webster defines Myth as “An idea or story that is believed by many people but that is not true.” For the purpose of this page we will consider Myths as the storybook versions of surveillance. According to the Surveillance Myths, all things turn out perfectly, all the time. This means the person we are watching does exactly what they are suspected of doing, we know what is happening inside every building, all people seen are identified, everything that happens is caught on video, we never lose sight of the target, we only have to do surveillance one time and we are never noticed by the subject.
To be honest, I love that story. It’s wonderful. Our job is easy, clients get what they want and it’s happy ending for everyone. Given our expertise in the field, it DOES sometimes happen that way and it’s awesome! But let’s be clear, some of those things are outside of our control, especially what the subject does while we are watching them.
But Don’t Be Discouraged! Surveillance is a useful and successful tool in almost all cases. We will be happy to discuss the specifics of your case, identify any potential challenges up front and be honest about what we think it will take to be successful, as well as, what you can really expect. Below are just a few “reality check” fun facts. Relax…enjoy…
We would love for things to always go as smoothly as they do for these famous PIs, but unfortunately they are fictional and this is real life.
In reality, perfect opportunities do not always present themselves, technology is limited and we can't always use our considerable charm to solve the case. Here are a few practical examples of real surveillance:
When we follow someone into a restaurant on a Friday night, or any night, there will not always be an open table right next to the subject with a perfect view for video. Yes, we have covert video but taking video inside establishments is not always practical.
We do not have facial recognition software on our video cameras or smart phones. We cannot upload images to a database in the sky that identifies people we see on surveillance. We rely on vehicle license plates or addresses to help identify people but this is not always successful.
When we are watching someone in a rural area, it would be perfect if there were a country store right next to their property where we can park unnoticed. But that doesn't usually happen. And unfortunately we can't just park on the side of the road and assume the subject won't notice us. Rural surveillances are a challenge and we often have to establish positions further away than preferred and use two investigators.
We do not have unlimited resources for surveillance….unless of course you have unlimited funds! Even if you happen to have unlimited funds, we are still limited by and abide by all state and federal laws.
We do not have access to satellites, drones, law enforcement cameras and systems, long distance listening devices, or anything else the government might utilize for surveillance. We do have covert cameras and GPS tracking for certain and specific situations. We typically utilize one or two surveillance investigators unless the situation requires more. Our hourly rates are charged per investigator, per hour.
Consultations are always free and we will be happy to assess your specific situation to determine if surveillance is right for you. You can reach us by phone at 281-373-0099 or by email at LibertyInvestigationsInc@gmail.com.