In the busy environment and world of a commercial or corporate business, many instances occur where a corporate investigation may be called for to help identify underhand internal activities through to matters such as employee absenteeism.
However, due to a general lack of knowledge of the services that private detectives offer, there are many companies that are falling victim to fraud, theft and general employee misconduct without the hierarchy of the business being able to prove or even know where to begin to investigate such activities.
No employer wants to point fingers without solid foundations and evidence to back up any claim of an employee acting in a way that is damaging the business, a corporate investigation is one sure fire way of identifying or putting to rest any fears.
Many experienced private investigators and detective agencies will have many services on offer to assist a business that require a corporate investigation, whilst offering a range of investigators who each have skill set in singular or multiple types of investigation services.
One major issue that at some point will affect most companies is employee absenteeism. No employer wants to point the finger at a valued member of the team for being absent with genuine illness or personal reasons that fall within a bracket of genuine time off, however private detectives have time and time again found that employees absent from work through long term illness have in their absence, set up their own business which is competing with their employer, been working elsewhere whilst claiming sick pay or benefits and even lying about illness when in fact they are in perfect health. An employee absenteeism investigation will prove either way if there is any evidence or not of misconduct.
In the past few years since the recession and financial restraints hitting the UK for the majority of families and workers, companies have reported an increase in employee theft and company fraud cases, again a private detective can help to ascertain evidence and uncover the truth. Employee theft investigations and company fraud investigations will determine if an employee has been committing such crime for personal gain at the expense of the company. Private investigators have also helped to assist in recovery of money in some cases.
Not all employees who commit acts of misconduct against their employer will necessarily look at financial gain, theft or fraud to improve their situation, it could be that as an employer you suspect company assets such as vehicles are being used for outside of work purposes or you need to monitor valuable cargo and goods being transported. Hiring a private investigator skilled in GPS tracking, vehicle tracking and surveillance will help to ease fears and present an employer with the truth. GPS will 100% prove the whereabouts and activity of vehicles through state of the art reporting and tracking equipment.
It is not just internal issues that a private detective can assist in. Competitor profiling plays a huge part in any company planning and implementation, as such understanding potential markets for services and products is vital. Just as vital is to a business is protecting their position in a market, ensuring the competition are not replicating areas of the business or gaining sensitive strategic information can help with protecting company value and assets. Instructing a competitor profiling investigation to report accurately on the market and competition could be the best move a corporate business ever makes.
Whatever the requirement for a private investigator or detective agency, it is clear that corporate and commercial bodies need to be clear on the services available to assist the business short, mid and long term, from proving fraud to analysing the market, private detectives can help.