Toady was a slow day. So this has given time to make the arrangements for the trip to finalise the details for the new state of the art / cutting edge surveillance equipment we are having built in Asia. It has also given time to look at the possibilities of the trip to The World Investigator’s Convention in Dallas next year. Both of which are quite exciting. It is always good to see how things are done in other countries outside the UK, even if their laws are different to ours the facilities available to investigators outside the UK, for use in the UK are vast. I will have to skip the trip to Asia and leave this, to one of the more technically mined in the company, but I wont be missing Dallas !!
Today has turned out to be one of those days, when you can say, yes – occasionally we are “The Good Guys”. A client, who is in the music industry, was looking for his teenage Daughter who attended at Private School, she went missing on Thursday, after running away from school. As a result of good old fashioned “PD” work, (now Americanised to “PI” work), social networking, and some very clever analytical skills of a 30yr in the profession, Investigator, Father and Daughter we reunited in a park late this afternoon. Being the only female on duty today, I was asked to accompany the investigator to assist in the re-union. I don’t speak the clients native language but even I could see the joy on both Father & Daughter’s faces when re-united, after a few tears. The irony of this story is that the investigator in question , several years ago was an assistant writer for the TV series “Nice Guy Eddie”, that mirrored some of his cases in the North of England. So one of those days today, when you can say yes, occasionally we are “Good Guys”, and “Nice Guys”. Whilst all this has been going on today, I have been able to set up and arrange for the installation of covert cameras, for another client who is worried about activities in her house whilst she is at work. Let’s hope tomorrow is as successful as today, and we can allay any fears or discover the truth for a very worried mother.
Being a female in this industry has never been easy. Until recently I thought, and then technology takes over. Never having been heavily involved on the operational side of the business, for the past 30 years, my talents have been stretched today. Being two of the team down on the Midlands team, I have learnt to download/stream videos. Monitor live vehicle tracking from a new Internet platform, deploy a covert vehicle tracker in broad daylight, and prepare an Affidavit from a surveillance log for a court case on Monday. That was in-between analysing the month end data, meeting with our web people and dealing with the general running of the non-operational side of things.
There was a bonus to the day though, our photographs were in print again, last month it was Lancashire Life, this month it was the ABI quarterly magazine. Who knows, maybe I will start to think about writing that book everyone keeps on about !?
Being a 24 hour service, I have a share in phone duty this weekend, so who knows I maybe stretched even further over the next couple of days.
Insight Investigation this month celebrate 30 years being in the Investigation Industry.
Joined by Current and Past Colleagues, Clients, Suppliers and Staff.
I was told that the last man standing retired at 06.00 hours the following day !!
Where did those years go.