As technology continues to advance at a rapid pace, we see progress in efficiency and success when it comes to getting the job done. This applies to almost all fields, including private investigation. Investigators who keep up with the latest technology close more cases, and close them faster. Whether you are a current investigator or just someone interested in learning about investigation technology, we’ve rounded up the best technology used by investigators everywhere.
Tracking systems are important when investigating a Subject whose daily whereabouts are of interest. Sometimes it isn’t always realistic to follow a Subject on foot or in a car. That’s where tracking systems can give you the data you need without the risk of being seen.
- GPS tracking systems have come a long way in the field of surveillance. Some are mountable devices that attach to hidden areas in a car. The SpaceHawk GPS tracker is a waterproof mountable device that can track a vehicle for multiple weeks before needing a charge. The user can record the vehicle’s location in real time, giving them valuable data to close a case.
2. Other tracking devices can be installed in a car’s onboard diagnostics port located underneath the steering wheel. Plug-in devices like the TrackPort GPS Vehicle Tracker do not need recharging because they are able to use the port to supply all the power. These devices also deliver real-time location information to the user.
Radio Frequency (RF) Signal Detector
3. While radio frequency detectors have been around for decades, modern RF technology can detect modern signals such as WiFi, Bluetooth, cellular and satellite signals. Using these signals, an investigator is able to determine the location of the RF source. Devices like the KJB PRO-10G Detector can locate a Subject’s cell phone and track its movements.
Surveillance is a large part of the investigation process. It’s important that investigators have the best tools to retrieve the most important evidence for their case. When it comes to keeping a watchful eye on a Subject, a variety of camera options is always helpful.
4. Mini cameras can be tucked away or placed in all sorts of everyday objects to remain out of sight. This is imperative when conducting a covert investigation. When an investigation calls for constant monitoring of an area, cameras like the YEEHAO HD 1080P Mini Hidden Camera can be placed in a concealed location to secretly capture footage.
5. Mini cameras can also be worn, like the classic Spycentre Security 2K Ultra Spy Pen Camera. The camera is hidden inside a pen that can be worn in a t-shirt pocket. Spycentre specializes in wearable hidden mini cameras with a range of products to choose from including glasses, key fobs, watches, and even shirt buttons.
6. When investigators are conducting a land survey or premise inspection. It is helpful to get different perspectives of a scene and drones can often identify hidden angles. In certain states, investigators also may use drones for Subject surveillance. In any case, drones can be loud and easily detectable. The Altair Outlaw GPS Drone is one of the quietest drones on the market. Not only is it more discreet, its GPS functionality allows it to return to you quickly as well as keep itself stable while flying. It is one of the best drones for investigators on the market.
MOBILE DEVICE TOOLS
Nowadays, almost everyone owns a mobile device with mountains of personal information stored into it including messages, photos, and user data. All this information can serve as valuable evidence for an investigator and can aid in closing a case. Luckily there are products out there for investigators to retrieve all the data they need.
Phone Recovery Sticks
7. A phone recovery stick is able to plug in and retrieve data from almost any phone. Paraben’s iRecovery Stick is one of the most popular on the market. It can even recover deleted data that has not been overwritten. It’s small size and quick download times make it a perfect tool for investigators of all levels. It is used mostly for digital forensics by law enforcement and investigative professionals. While the iRecovery Stick is made for use with iPhones, Paraben has sticks for Android phones as well.
8. Spyware is simply a software application that allows investigators access to device information and activity. Apps like mSpy, Hoverwatch and Spyera give the investigator access to contact lists, call logs, text messages, browser history, calendars, WiFi networks, notes apps and more. Once the app is installed, it will collect information in real time.
Nothing can compare to the skills and experience of a top-notch investigator, but technology is another important piece of the puzzle. If you are looking for an investigator with all of the above, contact us today for a free consultation!