How to Be Your Own Private Investigator- Catch a Cheater
Protect Yourself From Cheating Spouses, Abusive Nannies, Bad Neighbors, and Dishonest Employees.
Advancements in portable technology now make it possible to be your own private detective and catch a cheat. . Many people pay thousands of dollars each year to private detectives. New devices and some creativity make it easy to do everything from surveillance to Internet tracking on your own.
Whether you question the fidelity of your spouse, need to find a person, want to ensure your nanny is treating your child well, or you want to monitor your kids when you are not home, there are many new devices you can use on your own.
Locating A Person
Aside from checking social networking sites, there are many Internet databases that will find someone you are seeking, normally for free. The following sites will give you addresses, phone numbers, and family members of someone you may be searching for:
Nothing is more important than knowing your child is being well cared for by everyone who comes into your home. If you have a "gut" feeling that something is not right or you just want to be doubt free about the welfare of a child, new, sleek, well hidden "nanny cams" are available to erase your concerns. These devices are also useful in monitoring the care of elderly patients at home and in nursing homes and pets who can't tell you their needs aren't being met.
The best devices are motion activated so you don't need to watch hours and hours of material. If your child is being cared for at night, many cameras will record in automatic night vision. Cameras can be purchased with internal memory so you can retrieve a card from inside it and play it on a computer, or you can get a camera that transmits video feed directly to a computer or t.v. that you can monitor in live action.
Dishonest Employees and Bosses
Business and public places of employment have and advantage when it comes to hiring employees with extensive background checks. Measures are often in place to monitor businesses such as surveillance and network email recorders.
For smaller businesses without such precedents in place, there are many undetectable devices an employer.. or an employee who is being treated unfairly or sexually harassed.. can use at work.
Self Investigating Cheating Spouses
Nothing in life is more gut wrenching than suspecting your spouse or significant other is cheating on you and not being able to do anything about it. If you have researched the signs of adulterous behavior and you want to find the truth about your spouse's actions or do a preliminary "scut" to see if it is worthwhile to hire a private investigator, there are many things you can do to ease your mind or prepare for an investigation. Before you employ these techniques, you must be able to handle the fact that you may find something troubling. If you think you may have a hard time not reacting negatively to a discovery, you may want to have a trusted friend analyze the material you collect or hire a professional.
Strange Phone Calls
If you discover unknown numbers on your spouse's cell phone, there are many sites that will give you the caller's name and address. Some sites are free and some charge a small reporting fee. Popular sites are:
Tracking Whereabouts During Those Unusual Late Night Business Meetings:
If you suspect your spouse is not telling you the truth about late night meetings and etc.., you can start recording his or her mileage to see if it is congruent with what they are telling you.
If your mate has excessive travel, is never where they say they are going to be, going on unusual night trips, or has excessive mileage on their car when they are supposed to be at work, you can purchase a GPS tracking device that you can place in his or her belongings or attach to their car. This device will provide you with an exact satellite tracked location to your computer or cell phone. You will know exactly where your mate is at all times.
Internet Relationships (and child Internet monitoring)
If you suspect your mate is doing inappropriate things on the Internet, you can install a hidden keystroke logger that will not only record everything your mate types, but now captures "screenshots" of everything your mate looks at during his or her session on the computer. New programs are much more user friendly than those that debuted 10 years ago.
Lie Detection Software
The power of the polygraph is now available for everyone to use in various software programs that monitor the things your mate says to you. Normally referred to as "Truth Detection Software", such programs like the X13 VSA is designed to be easy to use by average people. This software unknowingly records and analyzes conversations and provides a detailed report of whether your mate is being truthful about questions you ask. These programs recognize all languages.
Digital Voice Recorders
One of the most valuable tools you can easily use to test someone's activities when they are out of site is to use a digital voice recorder. New recorders are user friendly and self contained. You can either listen to collected materials straight from the device, or plug them into your computer and save the data you collect. Those that are voice activated are the best and will save you from listening to hours of silence.
If you suspect your mate is cheating, is best to buy more than one of these devices. You can place them in your mate's car, luggage, or anywhere they go to make private phone calls.
If you fear your mate is cheating one of the best ways to gather information is by hidden video cameras. Seeing is believing and when faced with footage, there is no way your mate can deny the video evidence.
There are many types of cameras available in many price ranges. Motion activated cameras are always best as they conserve space for actual activity and keep you from having to monitor hours of useless footage.
Night vision cameras are more expensive but a worthwhile investment.
Cameras can be hidden under bookshelves, in blinds, electronics, and decorations. You will want to cover all areas where intimate moments may occur. If you are collecting information for a divorce proceeding, it is important to not record with your videos. Most conversations taped without a person's knowledge are inadmissible and in some states, illegal.
Please note, if you are trying to gather evidence for court or witness criminal behavior, it is best to utilize professions and get the police involved. The recommendations here are to satisfy your own need to know. Each state has different laws and not all evidence is admissible in court, especially voice recordings. It is illegal to take photos in places where alcohol is served or by peeking through a person's window.