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Employee Investigations Blog

Employee Investigations

Owl Investigations Ltd

How employees can negatively impact on your business.

A fair wage for a fair day’s work – Employee investigations.

Many employees are honest, work hard and are glad to receive their salary, however there’s a small percentage who mix greed and opportunity to secure a pay day unscrupulously. Worryingly, dishonest claims have steadily risen over the past few years. Employers must act to defend themselves and their businesses.

What our employee investigations investigate.

  • Moonlighting
  • Abuse of sick leave.
  • Personal injury claims.
  • Theft of money or stock, and even fuel.

If you suspect that an employee is taking time off but could be working elsewhere, therefore earning twice, this cannot continue. Essentially fraud, it’s highly likely that not all monies earned are declared to the tax office. Via surveillance, GPS vehicle tracking devices and undercover investigations, our investigators will remove doubt.

An employee remains on sick leave for a prolonged time, is receiving sick pay and as time passes it seems to you to be an unreasonable duration and/or incompatible with their complaint you are within your rights as an employer to confirm that there is no deception. Owl Investigations carry out surveillance, garner high definition quality evidence and produce a report which you can use for disciplinary or legal proceedings if the case is found to be fraudulent. A biproduct of one employee getting away with an unchallenged long absence, with pay, is that resentment, a lack of motivation and possible copycat cases could ensue.

In today’s compensation culture, it is sadly becoming more common for an employee who injures themselves at work to submit a claim against the company. Not all claims will be genuine; the possibility of a large pay-out from falsifying or exaggerating injuries means that some people turn to fraudulent activity. Owl Investigations specialists are highly experienced at ascertaining the validity of claims and we have provided evidence which has halted court action.   

For example, X claimed that they’d pulled several tendons, could barely move thanks to a back injury and that they were unable to work. We found that this did not affect their ability to shop, drive, collect the children from school, go to the pub or the gym. Case solved, and claim dismissed.

If money, small amounts of under £20 perhaps, go missing over a period of days or weeks, is this a training issue or something more sinister? Undercover operatives, lie detector tests and marking money are just a few measures which catch a thief.

As an employer, you’ll want to believe that your employees would not be dishonest and act to the detriment of their colleagues, if not you. An impartial investigation from our team is cost effective, efficient and yields indisputable results.

Owl Investigations employee investigation specialists are conversant with the legal aspects of investigations and when surveillance may be applied.  It is essential to follow the legislation which an employment tribunal would require. Don’t take any chances, work with us to achieve positive outcomes.

Our employee investigation specialists remove doubt and with facts, restore an employer’s peace of mind. 

Call us today – 01422 736013

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Catching Cheating Partners

Owl Investigations Ltd

Catching Cheating Partners

West Yorkshires No1 Private Investigators


A cheating partner investigation can have positive results

This is Sue’s story and it will seem familiar, this is an increasingly regular problem in today’s world. Owl Investigations are pleased that we could help her and that she has been kind enough to share her situation.

“Hello. Owl Investigations probably saved my sanity. I was not eating properly, couldn’t sleep, my mind wouldn’t rest, it was constantly alert for clues. I was convinced that my marriage of 22 years was under threat. My son and daughter no longer lived at home so at first I wondered if I was suffering from empty nest syndrome.

Later, I made a list of changes in my husband, Roy. For about six weeks he’d been moody, uncommunicative, always too tired to do anything with me, he guarded his mobile phone as though it was made from gold and had bought three new suits for work to smarten up his appearance.  He went from a jumper and shirtsleeves man to a sharp suit wearer overnight.

When I explained my suspicions to a friend over lunch, tears included, she said her other half, Mike, had heard rumours but she hadn’t told me as they couldn’t be proven. Mike had seen him a few times driving in the opposite direction to our home instead of the normal commute route but again, this didn’t prove an affair.

When Roy went for a bath I opened his briefcase, he hadn’t locked it, thankfully. His bank statements were incriminating. Someone was dining at posh restaurants and enjoying spa days in the Yorkshire Dales, but it certainly wasn’t me.

Urged on by my friend who had a brother who’d used them to trace a debtor, I called Owl Investigations. I needed incontrovertible evidence before I challenged my cheating liar of a husband.

The man who answered the phone at Owl was friendly, sympathetic, logical and didn’t mind me wailing down the phone at him! Owl Investigations cheating partner investigation team member told me that instincts about cheating partners are rarely wrong, that I wasn’t paranoid, going mad or creating a nightmare scenario because the kids had left home and I was “bored.”

I was told how a cheating partner investigation would help me, the methods they used, from surveillance to GPS vehicle tracking devices and what the fee would be. It wasn’t as much as I’d imagined; and I would probably have paid more to have Roy caught out and sweating on what I would do next.

Owl Investigations kept surveillance, took photos of him and her and tracked his movements.

It’s been a difficult time, but he didn’t have a leg to stand on when it came to the divorce settlement. He realised that he’d thrown 22 years of marriage away on a fling but funnily enough called me unreasonable for not forgiving and forgetting. The kids were stunned that their dad could be deceitful.

I have found peace of mind again. He’s hanging on to the lover, but he’s not happy. He thinks she may cheat on him! Many thanks to Owl Investigations cheating partners investigation team.”

Owl Investigations Ltd – First Flight

Owl Investigations has recently gained new management and we are here to ensure you that the amazing private detective service you have received before is only going to improve as more experience, local knowledge and newer technology is added to Owl Investigations.

Owl Investigations are now able to offer highly experienced private detectives in Halifax and West Yorkshire which will take the industry and area by storm; all with a level of local knowledge that just isn’t available through larger private detective agencies in West Yorkshire.

X Three Surveillance Ltd are the company that have taken over the management of Owl Investigations in Halifax further to successfully completing numerous private investigations in Halifax and surrounding areas it was the obviously choice that these highly experienced private detectives in Halifax were to take on the management of Owl Investigations.

Owl Investigations will be able to offer a wide range of professional investigation services in West Yorkshire; all offered at a competitive price, using the latest technology and local detectives in Halifax that really know and understand the local area. Halifax based private detectives

We are able to offer employee investigations in Halifax so you can find out if the person you have employed really is as good as they claim, that they are on your side and that they can be trusted to work for your business and with confidential matters.

Our Halifax based private detectives can also investigate false injury claims in West Yorkshire allowing you to check if the injury really did happen in your business and the claimant is as badly hurt as they claim; our private detectives in Halifax will then give you the proof and evidence you need in court to prove the false injury claim.

The team here at Owl Investigations can also work on co-habitation surveillance in West Yorkshire to find out who is living in your property and if the parent of your child has a partner and therefore you are not paying too much child maintenance for them. Halifax based private detectives

Perhaps you have been hearing odd sounds when you use your phone or competitors seem to know private things about your business? If this is a concern we offer a bug sweeping service in Halifax that will find and remove any bugs you have in your office so you have the peace of mind that your conversations are not being listened to secretly.

Some of our clients are concerned that their partners are cheating on them as they are always running late home, working extra hours or suddenly working away more – if this is a concern you have why not contact us about our cheating partners service in Halifax, we can also offer a vehicle tracking service so you can find out where your partner is every 10 seconds within 5 metres of where they are. Halifax based private detectives

As well as all these private investigation services in Halifax we also offer surveillance in West Yorkshire which can be used for a number of cases and we can trace missing people whether these are old friends, long lost family members or debtors. Halifax based private detectives

Here at Owl Investigations we will still offer the same high levels of service, competitive prices and professionalism; but with the added bonus of additional experience and latest technology; call us now to see how we can help you.

Owl PI Flushes Out The Fraudsters

Life is a juggling act for most of us. There are relationships to negotiate, families to look after, work to attend to and of course the endless bills to pay. Sometimes its a wonder that any of us have any time for fun or laughter but we all usually find a way to keep a balance and plod along regardless, reasonably content with our lot.

There are a few however who see a chance to change their luck by duping the system. Whilst these people are in the minority and definitely are not representative of society at large, their actions affect all of us in a variety of ways. I am of course talking about the insurance fraudsters. Insurance is there for a reason, we pay our premiums so that we are protected in the face of an accident but some take advantage of their insurance and seek pay outs where none is appropriate and if they succeed we end up paying higher premiums.

Here at Owl PI we regularly work on behalf of Insurance companies who suspect individuals are making fraudulent claims. Our highly trained Professional Investigators are able to apply their skills in these scenarios and flush out the fraudsters and support those who are genuine. Our Surveillance teams are second to none and with all the latest high-tech equipment at their disposal they are able to capture both audibly and visually exactly what the suspect is doing. Their actions will be documented in full so that a legally acceptable report can submitted to the client.

Owl PI has an eager eye for detail and a ruthless desire for the facts and just like our Barn Owl logo, however murky or dark the situation we will root out the truth. This is not only good for our clients and good for our reputation but also great for the public at large since the more fraudsters are caught the less likely the rest of us are to be forking out for higher premiums.

If you are a company wrestling with suspect Insurance Claims

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Why small is beautiful at Owl Private Investigators

Finding the right Private Investigator is as challenging and emotional as finding the right doctor or dentist. Detective Agencies are dealing with your most personal and private affairs, so how do you find a firm that you can trust?

The very nature of the private investigator’s business means that you cannot rely on word of mouth or public recommendation, for many are loathe to admit they have used these services and are certainly not keen to broadcast their experiences. So how is an individual or even a corporate body to decide who they should spend their hard earned cash on and trust with their intimate or business secrets?

For many the answer to this question lies in search engines and google rankings, however as we all become more savvy about the internet we also know that rankings can be easily manipulated and a presence on the first page of google is no guarantee of reputation.

So if it is so difficult to find an appropriate firm with the appropriate skill set, training and expertise, what does someone in need of a Private Investigator do? Here are some leading questions that may help to unravel these dilemmas.

One of the first answers to uncover is, what area does the company claim to cover? You may think that if a company claims to have national coverage they must be the best however this is rarely the case. Individual detectives across the country will network to get a job done, out-sourcing to other companies and individuals, over whom they have no control regarding ethics or quality control and which inevitably adds a cost to cover this sub contracted work.

Owl PI simply does not do this, we are the Premier Detective agency in the North of England and pride ourselves on this fact. Our operatives are all locally based, have undergone our own specific training programme and are used to working together as teams. Should a job come to us from out of our specific area we may still try to help you but it will be our teams who work on your behalf not other sub contracted individuals.

This is why here at Owl PI we believe small is not only beautiful but powerful and efficient as well like the barn owl that we use as our logo. Our own training programme that each prospective employee must undergo is a rigorous test  to ensure that each staff member is familiar and competent with not only our huge range of high tech Surveillance and Counter Surveillance equipment, but that under pressure and where teamwork is vital, all of Our Services and procedures are consistently and faithfully adhered to.  This level of control and regulation of our staff ensures that as a client you can rely on the same level of professionalism time and time again. This is also why we can match any genuine quote, we simply do not have to add on any extra costs by outsourcing work.

Fortunately here at Owl PI, our google rankings match our claims.  As the premier Detective Agency in the North Of England we have your needs covered and we stand by that 100 per cent..

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