When should I hire a Private Investigator?

You may never have considered your own personal need for a private investigator. There are circumstances in all our lives when we may need to gather information in a professional and discreet way.

These could include:

  • Marriage disputes or divorce settlements
  • A suspected cheating wife, husband or partner
  • Custody or child maintenance issues
  • Worker’s compensation queries
  • Concern for a family member or loved one
  • Locating a missing person
  • Harassment and stalking issues
  • Suspected drug or other illegal activities
  • Corporate or Government requirements

Case study 1:

Joan (not her real name) met Mario (not his real name) at a bar. Their brief conversation and exchanging of phone numbers led to coffee dates, dinners and an intimate relationship. Joan had no idea of Mario’s past and enquired little, being blinded by her new found love. 

Joan was unaware that Mario had a criminal past and was the perpetrator of violence in a string of failed relationships. Joan also didn’t know that Mario was wanted by police as he had stolen almost $100,000 from an ex girlfriend. 

Had Joan been armed with this information sooner, she would have not pursued this relationship which led to abuse at the hands of Mario and theft from her savings. 

 Case study 2: 

Suzie (not her real name) was granted full custody by the courts of the children of her failed relationship with John (not his real name). John was allowed to have his children stay over every second weekend as well as a weekly dinner and play time on Wednesdays. 

John had no idea that Suzie was leaving the children with her own mother for days and days on end whilst she went to pubs and parties and was involved in illicit drug use. 

Once this information came to light, John quickly took the matter back to court along with our agent’s testimony and video evidence. The court quickly ordered the children be in the custody of the father with the mother granted supervised visitation. 

Case study 3: 

Ralph was organizing a year ten school reunion for his class of 1965. With names and rough dates of birth, Ralph struggled to find all of his old classmates, particularly the females who had now married and changed their surname. Many had moved interstate and some even overseas. 

With the assistance of a Private Investigator, Ralph was able to make contact with all of his old classmates and arrange a great reunion.  

Hiring a professional private investigator will minimise the potential danger of obtaining information by undercover surveillance; and ensure that correct, acceptable evidence is obtained, in an effective, legal way through the use of professional skills and technology, without wasted time or money.

Feel free to contact us for a free, no-obligations quote for a private investigator Australia-wide.

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Siblings separated, re-united 50 years later.

In 1963 and 1965, two siblings entered the world. John and Sarah never knew each other although they shared the same mother. Their mother loved them but knew she could not support and raise one child, let alone two. She decided to put both these young lives up for adoption.

John and Sarah were taken in by two different loving families however they never had any further contact with each other.

At a young age, John moved interstate with his family as his new father had found a dream job. John was well cared for, went to a private school, joined the army and travelled to numerous countries. He made many friends around the world throughout his travels. He eventually settled back in Australia, married and started a family of his own.

Meanwhile, Sarah grew up a strong, confident woman. She loved her family and felt secure in who she was. She worked part time while completing university and found her career in law. Commencing as a trainee in a firm, she worked long hours and progressed through the company to a senior management role. After a string of failed relationships in her 20s and early 30s, Sarah married and started a family of her own.

Throughout their lives, both John and Sarah kept a deep desire to one day be united with their mother, and also each other.

John spent thousands of dollars with a Private Investigator looking for his mother and Sarah, however was unsuccessful.

Sarah contacted us in early 2014 in an effort to find her mother and brother. In the law firm where she was working, she had found through dealing with hundreds of family law cases that she felt some missing pieces in her life. She dreamed of one day being re-united. 

Down Under Investigations met with Sarah and she gave us all the information she had. We immediately set about finding John and their mother. After weeks of our agents searching, we found John. When we advised Sarah, she was utterly amazed.

John and Sarah have told us that their reunion was simply amazing. Their similarities are unmistakable and they know that they will now be a part of each others lives forever. 

Down Under Investigations continue looking for their mother and we hope one day, to reunite this family in its entirety.

*Names changed for privacy reasons and stories of John and Sarah used with their permission.

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Identity theft… hints for staying protected.

Identity theft is clearly on the rise. Through the advancement of technology, thieves have become more sophisticated in their methods of obtaining your private information. No longer is it a simple case of using a PO box to receive surface mail, hiding your PIN number when using your credit card and shredding documents containing any personal details before disposing. With the rise of internet banking, online shopping and social media, there is growing need for you to protect your information when accessing the internet.
1- Hide or limit your profile.
With many social media websites changing their privacy settings regularly, you need to keep yourself updated on what information others can access. Some sites are known to change your privacy settings with little or no notification. Take the time to check what information is publicly accessible regularly.
2- Use different and complex passwords for each website
A password with a combination of letters, numbers and symbols is one of your best protections against being a victim of identity fraud. Using “mothers maiden name” or your date of birth as a password is just asking for trouble. Still, the most commonly used passwords worldwide are “123456” and “password”.
3- Only give required information
The best protection to identity theft is to keep personal information off the internet. Online predators can and will use your personal information wherever and however they can. Putting photographs of your drivers license, birth or marriage certificates etc should be avoided. If a website starts asking you for weird or bizarre information, don’t give it.
4- Use only reputable sites for online purchasing
Ebay, Amazon & Paypal all give purchase guarantees, as all reputable sites do. Stick to these sites for online purchasing. If another user contacts you privately, be very careful, especially if they are asking for your bank details to pay you directly for an item.
5- Delete old emails
You don’t leave mail from 2009 lying around your house, same should apply to your email. Once an email is of no use to you, permanently delete it.
6- If it sounds too good to be true, it probably is
Don’t be enticed into giving your information away for the promise of money. Scammers persist with these methods because sadly, people keep falling for them.
7- Change passwords regularly
If using a smartphone or tablet, there are password manager applications available if you have trouble remembering different usernames and passwords
8-Check out www.scamwatch.gov.au for the latest specific information on websites and emails you should avoid.