Arson is a complex crime with a significant risk of injury or death to innocent people and firefighters. Does it matter if the intention of the fire was to injure, or to commit insurance fraud, or if a person just left a campfire burning on a camping trip during a drought? When people understand that the consequences of their insurance fraud have suddenly become significantly more dangerous, with property damage outside of themselves or with people injured or killed, they attempt to cover up actions or intentions and are less forthcoming with investigators. But the consequences of this serious crime need to be understood, and the fact become known to the public record. Victims deserve the truth.
Insurance is about trust, as much as it is about money. People who buy insurance need to be able to trust that providers will cover them. Providers need to be able to trust clients that their claims are genuine. If you’re looking at claims, here are some red flags you need to keep an eye out for in claims investigations.
In the old days, it was hard to track people down. You had to dig through public records to find marriages and license renewals, arrests and convictions, and you had to paint a picture of an individual’s life. These days, though, social media makes it almost easy to track someone down. You have more people than ever before who are creating a (typically public) record of their lives, and anyone with Internet access can find out all kinds of things if they know what to look for. You can find out where they live, who they’re in a relationship with, where they work… and in many cases you can even catch them breaking the rules.
Chances are you’re no stranger to social media; but have you heard of social media investigations? For those who haven’t; social media investigations gather data from social media posts, status updates, photos, and conversations of an individual. It’s becoming increasingly common in police investigations and private detectives utilize it on a regular basis to help them solve tons of cases. As of 2017, 81% of the American population is involved with some form of social media. That’s a lot of human beings volunteering random information about random things!.
Child custody cases are not often a simple affair. Both parents involved can think they have the best interest of the child in mind while animosity towards each other can also interfere. However, courts don’t function on statements, they function on evidence. This means that if you suspect that a child is neglected, abused, or would otherwise be unsafe with another parent, you need to provide concrete evidence to attest to it. Gathering this evidence is where a private investigator can provide a major benefit.