What Does an Undercover Detective Do?

Undercover investigative services are not what you see on the television or in popular spy novels. For the most part, the average company or individual uses an undercover detective for more "mild situations" or corporate investigations in areas such as:

  • Domestic Matters in the case of divorce
  • Substance Abuse
  • Workplace Violations
  • Fraud
  • Compliance Issues
  • Supervision Issues
  • Work Productivity
  • Safety Concerns & Issues

When you are dealing with matters such as the above, it is smart and prudent to hire a licensed private investigator who you can trust to do the undercover work for you or you and your company.  Doing some research should help you find a quality licensed private investigator and agency to conduct an investigation that helps you discover the truth.

Licensed Private Investigator: Undercover 101

An undercover detective will use the right methods based on your particular case in order to produce answers discreetly, and professionally.

Undercover professionals will:

  • Use hidden cameras or body video equipment in order to gather data regarding any issue from compliance issues to workplace theft matters
  • Gather data from a company's camera system in a seamless and unobtrusive manner
  • Operate a light undercover operation or a deep undercover operation
  • Obtain results in a matter of one day to years, based on the contract you choose with your licensed private investigator

What's the Difference Between Deep and Light Undercover Work?

For "light" undercover work, which is the most common operation performed, an agent will go into the workplace to gather intelligence on the workstaff to help you, the client, make a critical business decision whether it's a matter of fraud or compliance issues. An agent would work a standard “shift” within the workplace, and go home at the end of each day to process the investigation.

For "deep" undercover work, an agent will go into your workplace in order to assimilate with the other employees, establishing real working relationships, in an effort to uncover the truth.  These private investigators live the role 24/7, living locally in a home or apartment, and even spending afterhours work time with the suspects.  The goal is for the detective to gain acceptance into the group in order to collect the information the client needs. This type of investigation is less common and rather intense.
Both light and deep undercover work require a professional with proven experience in managing and running such investigations. Be sure to interview your potential agents to find the right fit for your particular case. It's important that whomever you choose be licensed, experienced and adept to handle your particular investigation with the utmost care and professionalism.


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