Surveillance

Privacy and Surveillance: What You Must Know

There exist an almost infinite number of reasons why you might need surveillance from a licensed private investigator at some point in your life. With marital infidelity on the rise, employee dishonesty increasing, and crime rates a concern for everyone across the country, surveillance is simply one of the smartest ways you can stay safe. Surveillance gives you the facts and proof you need about those people you trust with your home, your children, your money, and your life.
Despite this, surveillance and privacy have become a hot issue lately. Many people worry that surveillance affects their privacy. Plus, new privacy laws mean that surveillance through audio and video equipment as well as other forms of surveillance equipment can be restricted when not performed by a licensed private investigator.

What does this mean for me?

If you want security surveillance for your home, home surveillance equipment usually causes very few legal problems. As long as you're not using home surveillance equipment to monitor people without their permission, you can generally use security surveillance equipment to keep your home safe from intruders. If, on the other hand, you are using surveillance techniques or surveillance equipment to observe potentially cheating spouses, potentially dishonest employees, or caretakers, you may be breaking the law.

What are the alternatives?

You can spend hours researching laws in your area. You can also hire a lawyer to find out whether your surveillance techniques are legal in your area. Of course, you can always stop surveillance entirely and just hope that the people you trust with your safety and security are in fact trustworthy.

Let's face it: these alternatives either put you at risk or are expensive. A better alternative is to hire a licensed private investigator. A professional investigator is licensed and insured to provide surveillance and to gather evidence through audio and video equipment. Plus, a professional investigator is often the most effective way to observe someone or something. Investigators, after all, are trained for years in order to be able to track down alleged criminals or dishonesty in any form. Since private investigators are well-versed in current laws and often work with police and police investigations, you don't have to worry about legal impediments when you entrust your surveillance needs to investigator. Plus, investigators have access to various types of surveillance equipment -- such as one-way mirrors, specialized equipment, and special vehicles -- that can make surveillance more effective. If surveillance reveals illegal activity, evidence gathered by private investigators often stands up in court much better than evidence gathered by the average citizen.

If you suspect that a spouse is cheating, that a nanny or babysitter is abusive, that an employee is dishonest, if you suspect someone is betraying you, it is difficult to concentrate on everyday tasks. Why waste your time, energy, and stay up nights worrying? A single call to Malan Investigations can put you on the path to learning the truth.

Contact us at or by phone 918-592-5600.