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Private Investigator Costs
Establishing and understanding the cost implication of hiring a private investigator prior to appointing them on a matter is essential. You’ve found instances of theft, fraud, corruption or irregularities and suspect the involvement of your employees. You need to get to the bottom of the matter and you’re looking to employ the services of a private investigator? Here are a few important factors to consider; · Take the time to establish the investigator’s qualifications, experience and credentials · Check their reference for credibility · Make sure they have a sound track record For an investigator to advise and choose the correct approach of an investigation they would need to understand the desired outcome of the client (i.e. criminal, civil, industrial) and all the relevant facts and information surrounding the matter. Finally it is important to agree on time frames. This is always a grey area, and can be broken down into stages.READ THIS ARTICLE
What you need to know about lie detector tests
Employers are able to use a polygraph for various reasons; Pre employment tests - Prior to employing a candidate an employer can test to see if the candidate has been truthful in their application. Specific incident tests - When a incident takes place, an employer can clear employees that could possibly have been responsible for the incident. A suspect can also be identified. Periodic tests - Random tests can be conducted to confirm integrity of employees. Employers must make sure; That the employee voluntarily agreed to undergo the polygraph test - Having a signed document is crucial if you ever need to defend your actions in a CCMA hearing. That the employee knows what questions s/he will be asked and understands the questions. That the employee knows s/he is allowed to have an interpreter present - The employee can request to be accompanied by another person, provided that the person doesn't interfere with the proceedings in any way. The results of a polygraph test cannot be used as proof of guilt. It is advisable to use the polygraph as supporting evidence and not on its own. What to look out for when choosing a polygraphist. They need to have completed a course that is accredited by the American Polygraph Association They need to be certified members of a polygraph association Make sure the polygraphist you choose has experience and is willing to testify (a reference track record is advisable). The polygraphists need to have a backup team of forensic investigators to gather evidence where necessary that could follow a polygraph result and confession. Rates Rates can average from R600.00 to R 1000.00 (rates would depend on the qualifications and experience of the polygraphist) Accuracy Research indicates that the accuracy of a polygraph test is between 90% – 97% accurate, the variation can be put down to various techniques being used. Lie detector tests in the workplace are not illegal. There is no legislation in South Africa that controls the use of Polygraph Tests in the workplace. There are decided cases where polygraph test results have been accepted as evidence in CCMA and labour courts.READ THIS ARTICLE
What to Consider When Choosing A Private Investigator
If you are at the point where you are considering employing the services of a private investigator then you have reached the conclusion that you are out of your depth and require help. An experienced private investigative firm such as Justica Investigators can provide a vast array of services such as surveillance, investigations, polygraph testing to name a few. However selecting a private detective can be a daunting task as you will have no previous experience upon which to base your decision. Justica Investigations would like to share a few fundamental points to consider when choosing a private investigator. Referrals Although the majority of companies advertise in the local telephone directory and other publications there is no substitute for a referral so contact other attorneys and other professionals who have used private investigators and get recommendations. Interview the Investigator or Firm Once you have narrowed down your list of possibilities, contact all necessary agencies to inquire if that individual or company possesses an up-to-date business license. Take the opportunity to determine if the private detective or firm specialises in any specific areas of law. You have the right to ask if they or anyone employed by them has ever been arrested for a crime. One thing that can separate investigators from one another is practical experience and the ability to quickly and efficiently acquire information through the use of informants and other means. Private detectives are extremely adept at the artful task of gathering information that is either unknown or unavailable. Make sure that your questions are answered to your complete satisfaction. Qualifications The next step is to check their credentials such as work experience, educational background, or additional training received. Costs and Fees The costs for an investigator will vary greatly depending on the types of services required so ensure that you run through all cost implications before you agree or sign anything. Justicia Investigations is based on a foundation of honesty, integrity and impartiality, we have strategically positioned ourselves to be able to service all of the security needs of our clients. We invite you to ask us any questions or come and talk to us so that we can provide you with all our investigative advice and services.READ THIS ARTICLE
National Crime Statistics 2015
“The journey in the fight against crime is a long one and the police need to do more.” – National Police Commissioner, Riah Phiyega. This year’s crime statistics were recently released - the results indicated that crimes such as murder and carjacking were on the rise. South Africa’s National Crime Statistics 2015: Murder - 17805 Total sexual offences - 53617 Attempted murder - 17537 Assault with the intention to inflict grievous bodily harm - 182556 Common robbery - 54927 Carjacking - 12773 Robbery at residential premises – 20281 Key findings include: 4.6% increase in murder 14.2% increase in carjacking 5.2% increase on house robberies 5.4% decrease in reported sexual offenses Click here to see News24’s interactive infographic on this year’s crime statistics.READ THIS ARTICLE
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