Surveillance Investigations and Domestic Relations

infidelity 5The most common request for service received by the Southwest Group received is for surveillance investigations and domestic relations investigations of a partner.  The Southwest Group will conduct these investigations.  We do however; want the requester to be prepared for costs and results both financially and emotionally.

During the intake of a surveillance investigation for relationship issues, we ask a lot of personal questions.  Some of these questions are why do you want an investigation?  Why do you suspect your partner of infidelity?  What information do you have on the subject’s activity?  What are you going to do with the information obtained from the surveillance investigation?  Are you prepared to pay the costs involved with the investigation?  The key question we ask is why do you want the information?

Typically, the client has strong reasons for being suspect of the partner.  There has been a noticeable change in behavior.  There has been a noticeable change with intimacy. The partner has a second cellphone. The hours of accessibility to the partner has changed. There is a change in financial activity by the partner. The partner’s hours of work change. There has been an increase in business travel. These are all red flags of problems with a relationship.

The Southwest Group will always ask if the partner has been confronted with any of the red flags. We want to know the response and if there has been any change of behavior after the confrontation. If the change is for the better, we ask why the client wants to pursuit further with the surveillance.

The Southwest Group will also tell the client Arizona is a “no fault” divorce state. This means allegations of infidelity, or other disruptive behavior does not need to be proven to obtain a divorce. We will ask the client if they are prepared to spend a few thousand dollars on a surveillance investigation and then spend ten thousand dollars on a divorce proceeding.

Surveillance investigations are the most challenging type of investigation to conduct. The investigator will need to establish a suitable location to establish the surveillance. Consideration will be given to the neighborhood and the activity in the neighborhood. What will be the avenues of access and egress from the point of vantage? What will be the avenues of access and egress by the subject? The investigator will need to conduct the surveillance from a point that allows clear visual access to the location and the ability to document the activity.

Once the preliminary work is done, then the surveillance can be conducted. This will involve the investigator to be in position prior to any known activity. Typically, the investigators want to be in place as much as an hour ahead of the know activity. The investigator will then begin the observation of location and document any or lack of any activity. Usually, if there is no activity within a reasonable amount of time, the surveillance is suspended and the client notified. If activity is observed, the investigator will attempt to document the activity via digital video or photographs. The investigator will also document the physical observations.

The Southwest Group can also utilize electronic surveillance to document the activity of a subject. This surveillance is considerably less expensive and allows for a 24/7 surveillance. The electronic surveillance will document the movements of the subject. A review of this activity may identify patterns of activity that can then be verified with physical surveillance. A typical electronic surveillance conducted by the Southwest Group is over a period of ten to fourteen days.

In general, a physical surveillance is expensive. Would you want to spend that money on yourself and just terminate the relationship? Do you want to spend the money and have final closure? To either resolution, the Southwest Group is ready to assist you.

Contact the Southwest Group for a free and no obligation consultation of your situation. Call the Southwest Group toll free at 1-888-537-2079.