Specialised Surveillance Investigations in Cape Town
Our Operatives At iCatch Are Cape Town Based Surveillance Experts
The professional investigators at iCatch are licensed and insured to gather evidence through audio and video equipment. Since our private investigators are trained in current laws and occasionally work with police investigations, you do not have to worry about legal impediments or getting burned when you entrust your investigative needs to our professional private investigators. We are very familiar with the particulars of surveillance, how the investigation is conducted, and information collected, which allows our findings to stand up in court. We are your eyes and ears.
iCatch is one of the leading and most established Private Investigator Agencies in South Africa. No matter how big or small your investigation, you can be secure in the knowledge that your case will be treated with professionalism, by a devoted Private Investigator committed to delivering the results you need.
We specialise in various types of Surveillance Investigations
It is critical to bear in mind that Private Investigators are professional data gatherers, and as such the communication with their clients is key: it’s best as a client to be as descriptive as possible in the first interviews and try not to leave everything to the investigator’s guesswork, since knowing when and what to observe for can make or break the results of an investigation.
- Physical Surveillance: It entails observing and, in most cases, following the surveillance target. It is primarily conducted as a covert investigation – the surveillance agent might be observing from a certain distance or using a disguise to be able to approach the subject without being detected or looking suspicious. This practice is common in spousal investigations. Physical Surveillance is not limited to a single investigator in the scene– there might be teams involved, with both stationary and mobile assets.
- Visual Surveillance and Documentation: Nothing can deliver the kind of clear visual proof as an HD picture can, and a clear picture will almost always stand up as evidence in court. Automatic timestamps also eliminate the need for a lot of writing notes. Hauling out your camcorder in a restaurant or office building is going to do nothing but tip off your target and blow your cover. Now enter the Smartphone era; they, of course, now provide high-quality videos and pictures and are completely ubiquitous. No one is going to blink twice if you pull your smartphone out in public in situations where regular cameras are sure to attract unwanted attention. There are also situations where the maximum zoom is the only way to get eyes on an isolated subject. SLRs with an incredible zoom lens parked on the nose are still the best way to get those crisp, clear, long-distance shots of the subject of your investigation.
- Following and Tracking: For our surveillance operations, a nondescript car with a respectable engine and some tinting on the windows do the trick.
We are Area Experts, from the start; our agents know that one of the key surveillance techniques we can have in our back pocket as private investigators is our familiarity with local roads and landmarks in the areas we operate in. Aiding in possible locations the target could have traveled, visited, or shopped.
No matter how good our surveillance techniques are if we're not capturing high-quality evidence the job is not going to be successful, that is why iCatch invests in some of the highest quality recording equipment available in the South African Private Investigating industry. These include solid DSLR cameras with telephoto lenses.
How Surveillance Investigations Works
- An investigator will get to know the client first, delving into their wants and expectations for the investigation. This determines the depth and means of the study.
- The investigator will subsequently conduct an extensive background check on the subject. Vital information includes the subject’s name, address, phone number, physical description, photograph, and local relatives. Their habits, hobbies, schedules, coworkers, and friends are equally important to note. This type of information can additionally be provided by the client.
- Next, an investigator will familiarize themselves with the area where the investigation will be taking place, usually via maps and pictures. Being familiar with the location during both the day and night will result in a more effective investigation.
- An investigator will then decide on what equipment the particular case calls for and know how to most effectively utilize it. Some of this could be equipment specifically for investigators, like dash cameras, but also included are things as simple as a flashlight and a full tank of gas.
- Preparing a plan specifically for the case is an essential aspect for an investigator. This means developing a reasonable explanation for being in the area and adjusting the car and clothes in order to fit in as much as possible.
- An investigator will then start investigating, as inconspicuous as possible, also keeping common sense in mind (like do not allow the subject to make eye contact, don’t park conspicuously, and don’t walk by the targeted house too much).
- During their investigation, the investigator will also take extensive notes, including dates and times, in order to report to both client and court the most accurate information possible.
You can count on us to deliver results on your own personal set of objectives on your case. Whether that’s asset tracking, fraud, or theft. We boast a notable history of achieving exceptional standards and high rates of success in our private investigation jobs.