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Start The New Year With The Truth

New Year Truth

As the new year comes around it is the perfect time to reflect on the year that was and think of the future. Unfortunately, for some people that may cause a bit of a twinge of doubt. Memories of suspicious behavior and hesitation to making plans for the future may mean you don't fully trust your partner. Don't spend another year in denial. If you think your partner is cheating or doing something behind your back, a private investigator could be exactly what you need!

Why the New Year is the best time to start
Everyone wants a clean slate. If you're going to make some major discoveries, finding out at the start of the year gives you the whole of 2016 to deal with the realities of what your investigator has found. Also, the holidays usually bring about a lax attitude in people, so an investigation into your partner may be most fruitful around this time.

How an investigator can help
When you want to know the truth, an investigator is the best way to get those results. The years of investigation experience and the access to certain systems and equipment means a detective is going to get the best results in the shortest amount of time. Also, they can dedicate a whole day (or even multiple days, if needed) to your investigation. Unless you have nothing else you need to do all day, a private detective is always going to be your best bet.

How to make the first step
Hiring an investigator can seem like a daunting task. Maybe start by writing out the email and see what it says. Take some time to collect your thoughts, think about what you suspect is happening and write it all down. Just writing the email will make it clear to you why you need an investigator in the first place. Once you've read over what you've written, send it! Or, if that makes you too uncomfortable, give us a call! Our friendly investigators are happy to talk to you about what you want to achieve. If you don't know where to start, we can help talk you through the process and just give you a general talk through what you could achieve with the help of a private detective.

New Year, New Beginnings
Mentally, we tend to spend January deciding what kind of a year we're going to have. Do you want another year like the last one, filled with doubts and suspicions? Or do you want to start this year with the truth, ready to take on the year with your eyes open? Make this year your year! You may find out that your fears were unfounded, but if they're not you can start the year armed with the knowledge you've gained from the investigation and know you have the whole year ahead of you to deal with the issues that before were unreachable. Don't waste another year. Take charge of 2016 and find out the truth!

The detectives here at Kentucky Special Investigative Unit, Inc. are at your service, ready to get to the bottom of whatever issue has been plaguing you. Our commitment to finding the truth, and providing you with evidence you can use, is our promise to you. If you think something is happening behind your back that you ought to know about it, give us a call today at (800) 286-3987 or email admin@kysiu.com or click here.

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Drug Use In Teenagers - The Tell-Tale Signs You Should Be Looking Out For

Teenage Drug Use

It's every parent's worst nightmare. The beautiful child you raised is now a teenager, and has become mixed up with the wrong sort. You have your suspicions, but you can't be sure. You don't want to admit it to yourself, but you can't ignore your gut. You think your teenager is addicted to drugs. So what do you do now?

Whether you notice changes in behavior, physical appearance or academic achievement, something will usually alert you to the fact that something is going on, but how do you separate normal teenage moody behavior from the warning signs of substance abuse? There are a few warning signs you can look out for that will tell you whether the situation needs investigating.

Bloodshot or red eyes
After a late night or lot of crying, red eyes are normal, but if you've noticed your teenager consistently has red eyes, even when there appears to be no reason for it, this could indicate they're on drugs. From more common substances like marijuana and alcohol to hardcore drugs like heroin, red eyes are a very common symptom. If you notice your teenager has red, bloodshot, or particularly glassy eyes often, you may have reason for concern.

Signs of anger/ erratic behavior
Prolonged drug use can affect the chemistry of the brain, which can lead to anger, paranoia and violence. The odd outburst can happen to anyone (especially a moody teenager!), but if you notice a sudden change, an increase in anger or behavior in your child that is out of the ordinary, it could indicate that their body is suffering the effects of drugs. Also changes in behavior such as becoming more erratic, changed sleep patterns or changed speech. These kind of mental effects are common with Cocaine, Crack, and Meth.

Lacking in motivation
Laziness is one of the cornerstones of a teenager. There's no way they'll be cleaning their room any time soon! But lethargy is a different matter. If they can't be bothered doing things they used to, or if simple tasks suddenly become too difficult, it could be a symptom of drug use. You may also find they've lost interest in things they used to enjoy, such as video games or watching movies.

Sneaky or deceitful
If you are constantly catching your teenager in little lies all the time, you may think they are just white lies that are just normal, but constant lies and deceit could be the result of them covering up a bigger lie. Theft, sneaking out of the house and constant lying about where they were, what they've been doing and who they are friends with could be them trying to hide the little warning signs of their drug addiction.

Recurring nosebleeds
Drugs that are snorted, like cocaine, can cause nosebleeds, as the substance can disturb the tiny blood vessels in the nose. Alcohol abuse can also cause nosebleeds as it dilates the blood vessels and prevents clotting. This is usually a warning sign of heavier drug use, such as Cocaine, MDMA, and Amphetamines.

Dealing with a teenager with a drug problem is a terrible situation. It's a scary and unfamiliar territory. You could try to confront your child about it, but if they are on drugs they'll likely deny it, and if they aren't you could seriously offend them and cause issues in your relationship with them. You deserve to know the truth, and you need to know if your suspicions are founded before you can do anything. You can't investigate the situation yourself, as you could make the situation worse, but you need to find out what is going on so you can figure out the best steps to deal with it. A private investigator will find out the truth and, through discreet surveillance, will get you the evidence you need so you can take the steps towards helping your teenager get off drugs and recover from their addiction.

The detectives here at Kentucky Special Investigative Unit, Inc. want to remind you and your loved ones to stay safe this holiday season! Our private detectives are the epitome of professionalism. Discretion, sensitivity and results are our promises to you. If you want to know the truth, give us a call today at (800) 286-3987 or email admin@kysiu.com or click here.

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Will Changing Your Password Keep You Safe?

Stay Safe While Shopping

It's not uncommon these days to hear of companies in the news who have had major cyber security breaches. These same companies have urged users to change their passwords to protect their devices, accounts and identities. However, there's more to being safe online.

Last year, many Apple devices were hacked and their users locked out by the hackers, who demanded payments of $100 and more to unlock the devices.

Though eBay was hacked several years ago, the security breach was not discovered until many months later. Users were warned to change their passwords after the hackers gained access to the personal information of 145 million users. eBay assures its customers that no financial data was stolen, however it is unsure how many of its users' personal details were stolen - but it's likely to be many. The information stolen included users' names, dates of birth, email addresses, physical addresses and telephone numbers - everything an identity thief would need. If you're a regular eBay user and are worried about identity theft, a private investigator can assess your cyber security and discover whether your identity has been compromised. A private investigator can also show you where other information security risks may arise, especially involving computer security, mobile phones and other devices.

The key here is that the two cyber security breaches we've seen recently call for different responses, and there's no simple solution. We're told, "Change your passwords!" But will that properly protect us?

A cloud technology expert warns that changing your password isn't enough. He highlighted the problem that across different devices, the information security risks are different.

On your computer, if malware has been installed without your knowledge, there could be a keylogger spying on everything you type - which means that new passwords will be automatically recorded by the malware. To protect against this, install good anti-malware and keep your anti-virus up-to-date. If you're unsure about your computer security, have a professional check for malware and undertake spyware removal. KY SIU private investigators can help with this. In the technological world, personal security goes far beyond the physical, and a private investigator can discover how safe you are online, on your computer and on your phone.

Mobile phones present another set of concerns. While having your phone password protected could stop a casual thief, it won't keep out hackers.

"The exponential rise and usage of mobile applications is almost immeasurable. However, it also comes at a tremendous cost, according to a recent Juniper Report, mobile malware has skyrocketed 614% from March 2012 thru March 2013, and it looks as if it's only going to continue beyond our imagination," says the CEO of cyber security firm StrikeForce.

In the Apple cyber security breach, users who had activated a passcode on their devices were protected from the lockout created by the hackers. If you're unsure how to do this, take your phone to your provider and get their help to set up efficient security software and anti-malware. They can also make sure there's no spyware such as a keylogger on your device. It's worth spending some money to secure your device, especially if you use your phone for online banking. Even setting your email app to 'remember password' means your phone can give away important personal data.

Once you've had a professional check for spyware and install anti-malware, make sure to learn how to keep the anti-malware up-to-date. You don't have to understand how it works, just how to keep it working.

So, the take home message: changing your password will not protect you from malware like a keylogger and other forms of hacking! Your information security may be compromised, and you could be at risk of identity theft and scamming. Following the instructions above will help you make sure you're cyber secure.

The detectives here at Kentucky Special Investigative Unit, Inc. want to remind you and your loved ones to stay safe this holiday season! Our private detectives are the epitome of professionalism. Discretion, sensitivity and results are our promises to you. If you want to know the truth, give us a call today at (800) 286-3987 or email admin@kysiu.com or click here.

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Tips to Stay Safe While Shopping During the Holidays

Stay Safe While Shopping

Do you know how to stay safe while shopping?

This is the holiday season when most people will do more than their usual shopping in daunting crowds. Amidst the splendor of the holiday decorations, the festive atmosphere of holiday smells and sounds, and the excessive displays of gifts waiting for buyers, there are possible dangers. The crowds and spending furor bring out some of the worst predators of the human race, the thieves and muggers, who look to take money and bags of purchased gifts from unsuspecting shoppers. Each year tens of thousands of shoppers are mugged, stolen from, and relieved of their gifts and shopping bags. Here are a few tips that can keep you safer and out of harm's way.

1. Be aware of your surroundings.

Most people live in a state of unconscious functionality, thinking about what they need to buy and where they next need to shop. This allows the thieves and muggers to prey on the unsuspecting, as they are functioning in a state of heightened awareness. Keep in the "here and now", be aware of your surroundings, and look around to see if anyone is suspiciously looking at you.

2. Keep your shopping bags, and purse or wallet close to you.

It seems common sense to keep your money somewhere close to your body, but many people will leave their purse in a shopping basket, or open, and put down their shopping bags full of gifts to look at other items. A couple of seconds of inattention are all a thief needs to pick up your money and gifts and run away with them. Men need to keep their wallet in their breast pocket, and women need to always keep their purse securely tucked under their arm. Shopping bags should be held close to the body and never left unattended.

3. Shop in a group or with another person.

Thieves and predators often work in groups, and much like hunting animals, they will work together to make the heist. One thief may bump into you while the other partner takes your wallet or purse. If you are in a group, then you are much less likely to be bumped or jostled by thieves since the getaway within a group of people will be much more difficult. The old adage "there is safety in groups" applies well in this situation.

4. Be vigilant in the parking lot.

If possible, park close to the stores, close to a security booth, and under lights at night. Since premier parking isn't always available during the holidays, be extremely vigilant while walking back to your car, and while putting bags into the car. If you are shopping with a friend or in a group, have one person go get the car and the other person hold the bags at a highly visible spot while waiting to be picked up. Often the security guards will be on the sidewalk outside of the stores, so stand near them if possible. Have your keys ready and lock the doors immediately after you get in the car.

5. Do not talk to strangers.

Often the thieves will work in pairs to distract you with questions and by asking for help. While the seemingly nice person is asking you a few questions, their partner is relieving you of your money and goods. Politely tell the person that you do not have time to answer questions and refer them to a salesperson.

6. Do not shop with children.

Taking children holiday shopping can be tiresome, but it can also be a liability. Thieves look for people with small children as the children often need attention, they may be crying, they want to look at the displays, and so forth. The attentive adult is distracted by the commotion and needs of the children. This situation is an easy "mark" for thieves and predators. Leave the children at home when you are shopping, and just take them to the mall to have their pictures taken with Santa.

The detectives here at Kentucky Special Investigative Unit, Inc. want to remind you and your loved ones to stay safe this holiday season! Our private detectives are the epitome of professionalism. Discretion, sensitivity and results are our promises to you. If you want to know the truth, give us a call today at (800) 286-3987 or email admin@kysiu.com or click here.

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Business owners made this one small mistake and it cost them everything! Are you protected?

Background Checks

Did you know that in some circumstances, your company may be legally responsible for harm caused by its employees? Under a handful of legal theories, courts have held employers liable for injuries their employees inflicted on coworkers, customers, or total strangers.

Under a legal doctrine sometimes referred to as "respondeat superior" (Latin for "Let the superior answer"), an employer is legally responsible for the actions of its employees. However, this rule applies only if the employee is acting within the course and scope of employment. In other words, the employer will generally be liable if the employee was doing his or her job, carrying out company business, or otherwise acting on the employer's behalf when the incident took place.

Here are a few examples of how companies have been held liable for their employee's actions:

A restaurant promises delivery in 30 minutes "or your next order is free." A delivery person hits a pedestrian while driving frantically to beat the deadline. The company was held to be legally responsible for the pedestrian's injuries.

A law firm issues cell phones to all of its lawyers, to allow them to call into the office and check in with clients when they are on the road. A lawyer, driving, hits a pedestrian because she is completely engrossed in her telephone conversation with a senior partner in the firm. The law firm had to pony up for the pedestrian's injuries.

A medical billing company hires a fumigator, who sprays the company's office with powerful pesticides. The next day, a dozen employees fall ill from the fumes. One of the affected employees is sent home; on her way, she suffers a dizzy spell and hits a pedestrian. The company is held legally responsible.

You may think a background check is a luxury and not really necessary, but there a number of situations you might not have thought of where a background check could save you! A background check could save you from being sued, buying the wrong property, and more! Read below to see how valuable knowing the truth can be.

1. It could expose false or inflated information

People could be lying about something small, like how long they were at a job, all the way to creating entire work history that isn't true! Save yourself the headache of hiring a fraud, and find out the truth with a background check.

2. You could be sued for negligent hiring

If hiring was done through a recruitment company, a mistake could make them liable to a negligent hiring lawsuit. It can even happen internally to HR departments who fail to do proper due diligence in checking the history and background of a potential employee. A background check could be the difference between being sued or not!

3. It can uncover criminal background

People lie about their criminal history all the time. No one wants to tell you about their shady past, because it reveals their propensity for dishonesty and corruption. You deserve to know the truth about potential employees, business partners, or even from a potentially destructive relationship. Which leads to number 4.

4. Save yourself from a bad relationship

With the rise of online dating, dating apps and long distance relationships via cheap online connectivity, chances are you have no idea who a person is before you start a romantic relationship. People can lie about themselves, their background, their financial situation, or worse! Don't risk being taken advantage of by an untrustworthy partner. A background check can tell you if they're married, if they have a history of borrowing or stealing money, if they have a criminal record and more!

5. Protect your company's reputation

Your company is your baby, and the last thing you want is a damaged reputation, but your good name could be at risk in a number of ways if you trust the wrong person. A bad employee or business partner could end up damaging your relationship with your customers or clients. They could also besmirch your good name by doing bad business while acting in the name of your business. Hiring the wrong person could also become a PR nightmare if, for example, your poor hiring ends up in the public sphere. People are hungry for a bad news story, and there's no reason why you hiring a con man won't end up on the local news!

Save yourself the headache. A background check is the peace of mind you need to protect yourself, your business and your family from the many dishonest people and bad situations around. A private investigator can help you safeguard against untrustworthy individuals and dangerous business decisions. The detectives here at Kentucky Special Investigative Unit, Inc. have seen it all, and know how to get to the bottom of the situation. Our private detectives are the epitome of professionalism. Discretion, sensitivity and results are our promises to you. If you want to know the truth, give us a call today at (800) 286-3987 or email admin@kysiu.com or click here.

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Can Your Employees Be Trusted?

Can I Trust My Employees

As an employer, you have to place a lot of trust in your employees. It can be hard to do, and sometimes you might suspect that your business is at risk of an untrustworthy employee. Private investigators are called to investigate cases of employee fraud and dishonesty all the time. It's not nice to imagine, but if your gut is telling you someone can't be trusted, it's best to find out. There are two situations in which you need to be wary, when hiring a new employee and when a seed of doubt is planted about an existing one. There are warning signs you can look out for, and then there are things you can do to help protect yourself from the dangers of having someone taken advantage of you.

Prospective Employee

You're hiring for a new position and you've interviewed a really great candidate. They looked great on paper, and when they came in they answered all the questions well; it's just, something isn't right. Watch out for a few warning signs that someone's past may not be as glossy as they make it out to be.

There could be unexplained gaps in their work history, short terms of employment or some very vague titles that sound impressive, but don't really tell you much. Then there are behaviors to watch out for; they could avoid answering certain questions or dance around certain topics. They might appear a bit nervous when pressed about their background, or they may talk too much, but it doesn't seem to really answer your question. This can be a distraction technique to try to give the appearance that they aren't hiding anything. It could even be something that you can't quite put your finger on, but something about the prospective candidate isn't quite right.

Rather than jumping to conclusions, you need to do your due diligence and find out if there's something you should know about in your prospective employee's history and if they're lying to you. A professional background check, performed by a licensed professional investigator can give you the peace of mind that everything they say checks out, or let you know about any issues in their past before you make the mistake of trusting them in your business. Catching issues through a discreet investigation before you find out the hard way will save you time, stress and money if something were to turn sour.

Current Employee

Sometimes an employee may decide to do the wrong thing by you. People can be dishonest, and if your employee can't be trusted you need to know about it! It could be small things; calling in sick only on Mondays or Fridays, not answering your calls or acting secretive around the office, shutting windows when you walk past. Or it could be that a lot of stock seems to be damaged, or the registers don't ever seem to add up. Whatever it is that's bothering you, again, it's always best to trust your gut. It doesn't take a detective to tell when something isn't right! It may just be something minor, but it could also be something more sinister. Some discreet surveillance can sometimes uncover some horrible practices that your employees are up to behind your back, eating into your profits, productivity, or even putting your whole business at risk!

Then there is the risk of workers' compensation fraud. This type of insurance fraud costs Kentucky businesses millions of dollars a year. A good employee who has genuinely hurt themselves will be open to suggestions and discussions about returning to work. But sometimes workers will try to take advantage of the situation to get compensation they don't deserve. They could even be lying about it completely! Unfortunately there are these people who will try to fraud the system. But you can start to see the warning signs and do something about it. They may be highly insistent on seeing a certain doctor, and refuse to see anyone else. They may seem to be exaggerating their condition whenever you see them, or they could seem to never make any progress towards recovery. Whatever it is that makes you suspect that there is a case of fraud, you owe it to yourself to find out. A skilled private investigator can get you the evidence you need to stop any fraud or dishonest behavior from your employees, all with the utmost discretion. To get peace of mind or stop yourself being taken advantage of, you need to find out the truth. Getting a detective is the most common and cost effective way to be sure and to get the evidence you need to defend yourself against any dishonest employee.

The detectives here at Kentucky Special Investigative Unit, Inc. have seen it all, and know how to get to the bottom of the situation. Our private detectives are the epitome of professionalism. Discretion, sensitivity and results are our promises to you. If you want to know the truth, give us a call today at (800) 286-3987 or email admin@kysiu.com or click here.

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Locate Missing People - Especially Those Who Don't Want To Be Found

Locate Missing Persons

If you have someone you just can't seem to find, be it family, friend, or even someone who owes you money, or was a witness to a crime or accident, then the world can seem like a very big place. Luckily, you have more options than just fruitless google searches, wasting your money on any one of thousands of online data aggregator websites promising to locate someone, and just simply giving up. A private detective can help you, whatever your search. If you're missing someone or just need to locate them, give yourself the best chance of finding them, and bring in the professionals.

In this day and age, when we're all so well connected via the internet, it can seem inconceivable that people still go missing. And yet everyday people seem to disappear off the face of the earth, leaving what seems like no trace behind. And then you can be left wondering where they are, and yearning for that moment where you reunite.

You may be searching for a long lost missing relative. With the rise in popularity of family trees and programs like ancestry.com, you could discover a long lost brother, sister, aunt or uncle. You could be searching for a biological parent that long ago disappeared. You have so many questions, and how great would it be to finally meet them, talk to them, and find out about a part of your history that you never knew about.

Or, more pressingly, you could be searching for someone who has recently gone missing. Maybe your teenager has run away from home, or maybe a close friend or relative has just disappeared. It may even be someone who owes you money! They may not want to be found, so your search for them, no matter how hard you try, could be fruitless, leaving you panicked about where they could be, and wondering if they are safe. Imagine the relief of finding them, making sure they are OK, and having that moment of reunion where you can see them again.

The problem with these and many other missing persons scenarios is that you often have very little to go on. Phone numbers and emails may be changed, even names could be different now. People can, with the changing of a few key details, even become unrecognizable online. If a long time has passed, you may not even recognize them.

So what can you do to find the people missing from your life? You can call in the professionals. A private investigator has a lot more on their side than just google. Our detectives have the expertise that makes these kind of searches possible. After years of cases, we know what type of investigation is most likely to succeed, and we have networks and contacts that make it a lot easier to get the information needed to start making headway on tracking someone down.

An investigator also has plenty of tools at his or her disposal, such as the authority and permit to perform certain types of searches and access certain databases. Then, when we're getting close to locating someone, we can undertake accurate and legal surveillance to get the final location on your missing person. Then, what you do with this no longer missing person, be it contact them, avoid them, or bring them back home, is up to you.

The detectives here at Kentucky Special Investigative Unit, Inc. know how to get to the bottom of the situation, and are the epitome of professionalism. Discretion, sensitivity and results are our promises to you. We are experts at finding someone, even if they don't want to be found. If you want to know the truth, give us a call today at (800) 286-3987 or email admin@kysiu.com or click here.

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Quiz - Is Your Partner Cheating?!

Cheating Partner Quiz

It's hard to know if someone is cheating on you. The signs of infidelity can be anywhere from really obvious lipstick-on-collar types, to more subtle behavior changes. If you're unsure if you partner is having an affair, take our quiz and see if the warning signs are there!

Answer the questions below and score your responses. If you answer yes to any of them, you might have cause for concern, but the more you answer yes to, the more likely it is that your spouse or partner is cheating on you.

1. Have they accused you of cheating? (Yes - No)

Psychological projection is a really strange human behavior in which a person ascribes flaws to others that they deny possessing. As a result of this twisted reverse psychology, projection also happens to be a great indicator of cheating in a relationship.

For example, if your significant other is all of the sudden accusing you of sneaking around or being untrustworthy, it is probably because they are being deceitful themselves and are paranoid that you will do the same. Make sense?

2. Have they taken a sudden interest in their appearance? (Yes - No)

A partner or spouse who previously was uninterested in their appearance suddenly taking great care in how they look could be doing it to look good for someone else. Things like her suddenly wearing more makeup than she used to, him buying or wearing nice new clothes that he never used to bother with, or your partner trying very hard to lose weight, build muscle, or workout in general. An increase in health consciousness isn't always a sign of adultery, but if it seems suspiciously appearance conscious, it could be. Watch in particular for them getting really dressed up when they are going out without you.

3. Are they very secretive about their phone, computer, or other devices? (Yes - No)

Have they recently started using a passcode on their phone? Or have they recently changed their passcode? If you notice that they keep hiding their phone or computer screen from you when you go past, it could be that they are hiding evidence of their affair. Cheating partners live in constant threat of being discovered, so the action of hiding their devices could become a reflex. In particular, if they hide their phone screen when they receive a text message, and get angry if you go near their phone or computer, it's a sign they could be hiding an affair.

4. Have they changed their behavior towards you (more romantic or aggressive)? (Yes - No)

A cheating partner will often find it difficult to maintain their normal relationship with you. It can take the form of either overcompensating to try to alleviate their guilt or trick you into thinking nothing is wrong. In this way they might become uncharacteristically romantic, attentive and loving. This could just be a positive change, but it could also be a sign of infidelity. Also, they could take their frustration and guilt about the situation out on you. They could become distant, angry or aggressive. They could become more nagging and impatient with you.

5. Have you found them lying or keeping secrets from you? (Yes - No)

Usually, an affair will cause a series of smaller lies in order to cover up the bigger secret. A cheating spouse will have to tell many small lies to cover up their cheating behavior. Things like lying about money they've spent, where they've been, apparently forgetting to do things or claiming they don't have enough time. They might lie about new clothes, about being at work or about their reasons for why they can't go places with you.

6. Do they go out more than they used to? (Yes - No)

A newly discovered social life can be a warning sign that your partner is cheating on you, especially if they have a new circle of friends. If your partner never seemed to go out much, and is suddenly going out for Friday night drinks with non-mutual friends all the time, that could be a sign that they are going out to have an affair.

7. Do they leave the room to take calls? (Yes - No)

If your partner is suddenly leaving the room to take calls, this could be a sign they are hiding an affair from you. They could just want to hide the fact that they are always talking to the same person, or they could even be arranging their next rendezvous. This kind of secretiveness around their calls, especially if it's a new behavior, is a big warning sign of adultery.

8. Has your partner cheated in the past on you or in other relationships? (Yes - No)

You know that old saying about leopards changing their spots, and you know there's truth in it. If you know your partner has been a cheater in the past, they are a lot more likely to do it again than someone who hasn't cheated before. Committing adultery is hardest the first time, but it gets easier with practice. If you know your partner has a history of cheating, then you definitely want to keep an eye on the signs, and on any changes in their behavior or activities.

One thing a private investigator will tell you - once a cheater, likely to cheat again. It's one huge relationship red flag that shouldn't be ignored. If you're seeing any or several of these signs, and you want to be sure, talk to a private investigator and find out the truth. This will give you the upper hand when you have to decide what to do if they are cheating.

Answers

1 Yes - Maybe not

It may be the early days, or it could just be natural behavior. Take extra care to look for the behaviors described above. If more start to pop up, take action.

2 - 3 Yes - Maybe so

It's hard to tell, the warning signs are there, but it's very hard to be sure. What does your gut say? If it's leaning towards an affair as the cause, you should trust that instinct. If you're worried, start thinking about taking some steps to discover the truth. A private detective doing surveillance will uncover any secrets your partner is hiding and find out the truth for you.

4 - 5 Yes - Likely

There are some clear warning signs. Regardless of what you want to believe, it's fairly likely that your partner is unfaithful, or at least doing something behind your back. You need to take action to find out the truth. A private investigator is your best bet to get the evidence you need to confront them.

6 or more Yes - Most likely

You have every reason now to suspect your partner is cheating on you. An affair is hard to keep hidden, and it's clear from these warning signs that something is going on with your partner or spouse. You could confront them, but without proof the most likely thing is that they will deny it completely. A private detective is what you need now; get the evidence so you can confront them and leave them no-where to hide.

The detectives here at Kentucky Special Investigative Unit, Inc. know how to get to the bottom of the situation, and are the epitome of professionalism. Discretion, sensitivity and results are our promises to you. If you want to know the truth, give us a call today at (800) 286-3987 or email admin@kysiu.com or click here.

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Are You Being Catfished? How To Protect Yourself Online

Catfished

With Catfish: the TV Show entering its fourth season, Kentuckians are starting to become aware of the catfish phenomenon, and our private investigators in Louisville, Kentucky are being asked, "What is catfishing, and how do I know if I'm being catfished?" So our detectives thought it was time to answer some questions.

The term "catfishing" and "catfished" has only been around since 2010 following the documentary Catfish and the popular spin-off TV show that has been airing 2011. Nev Schulman coined the term while making a documentary about his online love affair with a girl called Megan, who he thought was single, gorgeous, and somewhere in her 20s, and ready for a relationship with him. When he went to meet her though, it turned out she was a 40-something married woman who was having some fun online.

Thus, the catfish: someone who purposely creates a fake online identity, often using Facebook as a primary medium, to develop online relationships and romances. The catfish is the deceiver, and if you've been catfished, you have fallen for the false identity.

When it premiered, Catfish the TV Show caught the attention of our Louisville, Kentucky private detectives because it covers things private investigators are asked to deal with all the time. The show's hosts, Nev and Max, do a lot of the kind of background research a private detective does at the start of a case.

However, our Kentucky investigators have a few words of warning! While it's definitely wise to do your own research on Facebook about someone you don't know before you 'Friend' them, be careful of following the methods shown on the TV show.

Catfish: someone who purposely creates a fake online identity, often using Facebook as a primary medium, to develop online relationships and romances. The catfish is the deceiver, and if you've been catfished, you have fallen for the false identity.

The guys on Catfish have lots of interesting investigation techniques, and mention things like geotagging and Google image search. These methods are nothing new to private detectives, but through the show they are publicizing common investigation methods that mostly aren't talked about - because the research is often the boring part. It's the confrontation and the chase that make good TV. The real work of Kentucky Private Detectives and Investigators is 2% excitement, 98% research and time spent waiting for a lead to show.

A full understanding of national, state and local privacy laws is a must before you go following anyone and tracing phone numbers. If you have concerns, call a KY SIU Private Detective before you start, and make sure you don't get yourself in any trouble.

Rule: Video Doesn't Lie (As Much).

There are early warning signs you can look out for so you don't get catfished and don't have to get detectives involved.

If you are thinking about online dating, you naturally want to know the truth about the identity of the people you're meeting. Both physical and emotional security is at stake. If you have any suspicions about an individual, give a KY SIU private investigator a quick call, and let them look into it. While 10 minutes online might find you answers if someone is a sloppy catfish, it often takes HOURS of research to come up with anything solid. Plus, you need to know what to look for, and that's why professional investigators exist.

Catfishing happens over time. We're not talking about Tinder here, where you meet someone in person shortly after making contact. One good thing about meeting up early on is that it leaves little room for a person to create a false identity. They can try to fake being a nice person, but that's a lot harder to do face to face than it is online. So, ideally, SKYPE early on. See their face, hear their voice. It's a little hard to lie about gender and age that way, even if they can still lie about other details.

Be most wary of people claiming not to be able to talk on the phone or via Skype, for whatever reasons. If you only want a text based relationship, then don't worry. But if you want an actual relationship with a person, you want to know it's actually the person you think it is. If they're geographically distant and you have suspicions, consider hiring a private detective from their location to do a background check. For example, if you're in Florida and your online lover is in Kentucky, a KY SIU private detective in Louisville can be a lot more help than anyone else in verifying a local's identity. A little investigation now could save a lot of heartache later, not to mention money if you're thinking of flying out to meet them!

Rule: Be Suspicious.

Investigators never forget this rule - it's key to the detective process.

Detectives are a lot more suspicious than most people. Even though he's doing a show about unmasking online identity fakers (catfish) Nev is still not anywhere near as suspicious as a real private investigator. There's a great line in Episode 1 when Nev expresses his hopes about a budding relationship, and the cameraman Max asks, "How are you still this gullible and optimistic?" Nev looks embarrassed, but the simple truth is he's a nice guy who wants to believe in people being able to find true love. Somehow, through it all, he still remains hopeful. We wish private investigators could be as optimistic, but that would compromise their work.

But hey, we need all kinds in the world, right? Kentucky needs people like Nev to balance out all the cynical private detectives and investigators who run low on that faith - especially after strings of cheating spouse investigations.

We're glad Catfish the TV Show is has been successful enough for 4 seasons and a movie. It's a nice balance of hope and suspiciousness - they're amateur detectives who know the risks of online relationships, and know the ways people try to hide and lie, and yet they're hoping that love will prevail.

Professional private investigators don't tend to be that hopeful. They also don't carry around a camera crew. There's some discussion on forums about whether the show is scripted. Our Louisville investigators don't really care about this. They care about whether our friends and clients are being catfished, and how a private detective can help them stay safe when online dating.

The detectives here at Kentucky Special Investigative Unit, Inc. know how to get to the bottom of the situation, and are the epitome of professionalism. Discretion, sensitivity and results are our promises to you. If you want to know the truth, give us a call today at (800) 286-3987 or email admin@kysiu.com or click here.

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How To Spot Fraudulent Workers' Compensation Claims

Spotting Workers' Compensation Fraud

If you've recently had an employee make a claim for workers' compensation, or if you manage people as part of your job, then you are well aware of the risk of fraudulent workers' compensation claims from your employees. Here are some warning signs to help you spot potential fraud and nip it in the bud before it increases your costs and insurance premiums, and makes you pay for the dishonesty of your employees.

Running a business or being a manager means you deal with people and risk every day. Unfortunately, accidents do happen, and sometimes employees will need to make a claim for compensation because of a legitimate injury that happened at work. It is absolutely fair for you to compensate an employee that has been injured or negatively impacted by something that happened while working for you. And that is exactly why you have insurance!

But unfortunately, not everyone is honest in their claims. You need to know if someone is committing fraud against you, and the earlier you find out, the better! It is not fair for you and/or your business to pay for an employee's dishonesty, nor fair for you to bear the brunt of increased premiums.

So here are some things to watch for if/when an employee makes a claim for workers' compensation. By being more aware of the warning signs that you are being scammed with a fraudulent claim, you can identify insurance fraud earlier and put a stop to it!

Find out about their past

Generally, if someone has committed insurance fraud before, they will do it again. It can be difficult to find out whether someone has been involved in potentially fraudulent insurance claims, but a private detective with years of experience finding this information can make it a quick and easy process. Our Louisville detectives have found countless cases of people making multiple false claims across businesses and raking in the payments. By finding out about the employee's history, through background checks and investigation, you can look for any indication that they might be scamming you.

If they have a previous claim for compensation, it is a bad sign. If they have multiple claims for compensation in their history, then the alarm bells should be ringing! They may not have been caught before, but that doesn't mean you have to fall victim as well. This kind of history can at least give you a reason to dig deeper, ask for more proof, or get your own proof of fraud!

Think about how likely their injury is

The Occupational Safety and Health Administration, or OSHA, is the main federal agency charged with the enforcement of occupational safety and health. They are a win-win for everyone. Employees have a safer environment and reduced risk of injury, and employers reduce the risk of lost productivity and money spent on compensation claims. So with all of these OSHA measures, it should actually be quite difficult and unlikely for a person to fall victim to a major injury or illness as a result of their work. If a worker is making a claim for an injury that is made very difficult or almost impossible by OSHA standards, you need to seriously consider investigating their claims. They may simply be exaggerating, and therefore would be just a matter of adjusting their benefits to better align with their true injury, but it may be a case of outright fraud, and the employee could be deliberately setting out to take advantage of you.

See what they are really up to

Insurance fraud and workers' compensation fraud can vary from exaggeration and white lies to full blown lies and falsehoods. An employee could be lying about being injured or severely exaggerating the impact of the injury in order to get more money out of you. By initiating some discreet surveillance with one of our private investigators, you can find out what the reality of the situation is. If they're claiming they can't move their back at all, but a private investigator provides you with surveillance footage of them playing sports on the weekend and doing heavy lifting around the house, you now have the evidence you need to challenge and shut down their claim.

If you have suspicions about an employee's claim, our detectives can help you get the evidence you need to stop a fraudulent claim. We can help you put a stop to workers' compensation scams and save you and your business thousands of dollars lost to fraud. If you have suspicions, please call us today to speak with one of our discreet detectives. We have the highest degree of experience and skill, and know how to get you the evidence you need.

The detectives here at Kentucky Special Investigative Unit, Inc. know how to get to the bottom of the situation, and are the epitome of professionalism. Discretion, sensitivity and results are our promises to you. If you want to know the truth, give us a call today at (800) 286-3987 or (502) 409-3675 or email admin@kysiu.com or click here.

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You Get What You Pay For

You Get What You Pay For

We all know the old adage; you get what you pay for. However, when it comes to services, such as a private investigation, it can be hard to understand where the difference comes in. If you go for the cheapest quote, nine times out of ten you're going to be getting an inferior service. And the worst part? You might not even realize it! Read below to see what you're paying for.

The worst case scenario is a straight up scam. Someone can lie about being a qualified private investigator. There's so much that can go wrong here, it's not even funny. You need to be licensed to be a private detective, so if someone tries to run an investigation and isn't licensed, they put themselves (and you!) at risk of committing a crime. They can also make the situation much, much worse. If you're looking in to a cheating partner, and a completely unqualified detective botches the investigation and gets caught, suddenly you're left having to deal with the aftermath of what's likely a very angry partner.

The next thing that could go wrong is that they're a cheapskate. Why is this a problem? Well, being a private investigator is expensive business. The proper licenses and insurances like public liability aren't cheap, but every private investigator needs to have the correct policies, insurance and licenses to cover any risks of the investigation. What happens if your detective doesn't have insurance? Believe it or not, it's likely that it will be you who has to foot the bill! They could also drop leads in avoiding situations that they aren't licensed in.

Another cost cutting measure that could jeopardize your investigation is being cheap with equipment. For example, night vision goggles are not cheap. Neither are high definition/high frame rate cameras, night vision lenses, high quality audio recording devices, and then the many hundreds of terabytes needed to store all this high quality footage. Plus, a lot of this equipment needs replacing every 6 - 12 months. If your private investigator is cutting costs on equipment, you may pay less, but all you'll get is a blurry photo and a shrug as they give an excuse as to why they couldn't get the footage. What's the point in paying for an investigator if they can't get you the proof you need?

Finally, the hardest one to spot: skill set. Just like you're a better driver now than you were when you were 18, experience and skill plays a big part in an investigation. When you hire an investigator that doesn't have the qualification, experience and knowledge that a seasoned professional has, you're the one who's going to miss out. A great example is knowing when to use footage. A rookie investigating a cheating partner might try to catch a moment of infidelity on camera. The odds of them catching the moment are slim to none. A skilled detective will know to film the entire exchange so that the vital evidence is videotaped. Then you can freeze on the exact moment. Voila! There is your evidence.

Some investigators can also fail when it comes to due diligence. Things like keeping a thorough log of the subject's movements, itemizing and keeping an inventory of everything related to the case so that everything is accounted for. This means nothing will get lost, and that when the investigation comes to an end, you know exactly what your money has gone towards. At Kentucky Special Investigative Unit, we make sure you receive a thorough breakdown of everything related to your investigation. Our open book policy means there is full accountability of where your money is going.

If someone offered you a brand new Mercedes for $5,000, you'd know it's a scam. Same goes with super cheap private investigators. If it sounds too good to be true...it probably is!

The detectives here at Kentucky Special Investigative Unit, Inc. know how to get to the bottom of the situation, and are the epitome of professionalism. Discretion, sensitivity and results are our promises to you. If you want to know the truth, give us a call today at (800) 286-3987 or (502) 409-3675 or email admin@kysiu.com or click here.

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How To Protect Your Greatest Investment: Children

How to protect your children

There isn't a week that passes without a new story about a pedophile being unmasked, put on trial and jailed. Our investigators have seen a significant increase in calls from parents who are concerned about their children's safety. We all know pedophiles are out there, but the terrifying thing is that they're typically only caught AFTER the event. For people with young children, you want to know how to protect them from people who haven't been caught yet and you might not think to suspect.

Depending on the age of your children, there are different methods to protect them. Protecting teenagers is a whole problem within itself, one that as Kentucky private investigators we are very familiar with. However, this article will focus on what you can do to protect primary-school aged children and younger from sexual predators and sexual abuse.

Let's start by dispelling two of the most dangerous myths surrounding child sexual assault:

Myth 1: Sexual abuse of children is rare.

FACT: Sexual abuse of children is more common than you think.

According to the Crimes Against Children Center, one in five girls, and one in twenty boys is a victim of child sexual abuse.

The most vulnerable ages are between 8 and 12, and if you tend to think younger children are safer from sexual predators, you are wrong: 65% of sexually assaulted children are younger than 10 at the time; and 24% of girls who are sexually abused as children were five years old or younger at the time.

Myth 2: Child abuse only happens in lower socio-economic families and neighborhoods.

FACT: Sexual abuse of children happens everywhere - across race, class and region lines.

Child abuse does not discriminate. It spans all racial, gender, socio-economic and demographic boundaries. While it may be more likely to be reported and thus reflected in greater numbers of cases involving lower income families, it is by no means a problem limited to members of one economic or racial group.

How to Protect Your Children

  1. Fill The Gaps

  2. A good first step in protecting your child starts with picking them up straight from school, or meeting them at school to walk home together. Having your child walk unaccompanied home from school, even if it's close and you live in a safe suburb, is an ideal time for someone to follow them, learn where they live, and learn about their daily routine. This allows a determined sex offender to plan their move, or opens them to dangerous strangers. If you can't accompany them yourself, make sure they have company, preferably a grandparent or older siblings. Though hiring a private detective to walk your children home for school is going a bit far, we cannot say it has not been done in cases where parents has suspicions about their child's safety.

    Baring the detective-nanny idea, filling the gaps is just a simple first step. It will not protect your children from the people who are statistically most likely to sexually assault them. Unfortunately, most sexual offenders are in fact known to your family - and worse, they may be family members.

  3. Strangers Aren't Actually the Greatest Risk

  4. It is easier to think that it is 'stranger danger' your children are most at risk of, and it is true that attacks by random strangers do occur. However, most assaults are committed by someone known to the victim; this is shown to us time and again in the cases of pedophilia and indecent assault that have come to light in the media. They remind us that we can't trust anyone - not a priest in church, not relatives.

    The people we have to be most suspicious of are those who our children come into contact with regularly, in a trusting environment. This might be parents of their friends, family members, or leaders and others involved in out of school activities.

    We know - it's horrible to be suspicious of your friends and family. Even the most cynical detective wants to trust the people nearest them. However this is the reason that much sexual assault has occurred - because it was perpetrated by people who parents did not want to ever suspect of sexually assaulting their children.

  5. No Secrets

  6. Encourage your children to tell you anything and everything. They need to feel safe to come to you about anything. It is another common myth that children will want to tell adults about any sort of sexual abuse that has happened to them. This isn't the case, since the adult abuser will have gone to lengths to make sure the child doesn't tell their parents. This is why it is important that your child feels they can tell you anything, because hopefully this will help them overcome the fear and threats made by the abuser to keep them quiet.

  7. Trust Your Kids

  8. If your child tells you about something that has happened, it is important that you believe them.

    This is another dangerously common myth about sexual assault: that people, especially children, lie about what really happened. The truth is that people DO NOT normally lie about assault. What is more likely is that they say nothing at all, because they're confused about it, or because the pedophile has groomed them to make them afraid to tell. It is vital that you trust your children, and let them know that you believe them and are on their side.

  9. Notice Odd Behavior And Question It

  10. Why would your child suddenly not want to go to their friend's place? Have they had a fight with their friend? No. Then is there another reason they don't like going over there? Does their friend's family have a big scary dog? No. Okay then, are their friend's parents nice?

    Don't go out of your way to be suspicious, but do question any odd behavior your child displays. This is a cardinal rule of the detective - behavior change signals other change. Just like a cheating spouse will exhibit changes in behavior, so will a child who is struggling with something, like problems at school, or an adult associate who is 'touchy feely.'

  11. Suspicious? Hire a Private Detective

  12. If you have suspicions that someone you know may be a pedophile, but do not have evidence to take the police, then a private detective is what you need. We can investigate the individual, and if there is evidence to be found, we will discover it. If the investigation finds nothing, then that's good news for your child's safety and for other children.

    Remember, a Kentucky Special Investigative Unit investigator has the licenses, contacts and networks needed to investigate people and cases that are far beyond what a concerned parent has access to. And, needless to say, we are more than happy to help you if it means removing a pedophile or sex offender from the streets. We know that our detectives, even those who aren't parents, would happily investigate child abuse cases full-time if they were able.

The detectives here at Kentucky Special Investigative Unit, Inc. know how to get to the bottom of the situation, and are the epitome of professionalism. Discretion, sensitivity and results are our promises to you. If you want to know the truth, give us a call today at (800) 286-3987 or (502) 409-3675 or email admin@kysiu.com or click here.

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6 Signs You Might Need a Private Investigator

6 Signs to Hire a PI

There are times in life when it's best to call in the professionals. These are tricky situations where knowledge is key. If any of the below apply to you, you should consider a private investigator. You need to know the truth, and you'd gain the most from a professional and thorough private investigator.

You think your partner is cheating

Something may have happened to make you suspect something is going on behind your back, or it may just be your gut. Either way, you think they are cheating, and you want to know the truth. A private detective can get you the information you need, the proof of the affair, and can do so without tipping off your partner. Discretion and accuracy of surveillance are two of the hardest things to get right on your own, but the main one is, unless you are a licensed detective, it is stalking! In this situation, you definitely need to call in the professionals.

You think a loved one has an addiction

The warning signs of an addiction are easy to see, but until you know for sure what addiction your loved one is under, and just how bad it is, there's very little you can do. Whether it's a drugs, gambling, alcohol or even stealing, you need to know the facts so you can get them the help they need.

A private investigator can help you track down when, where and how they are involved in their addiction, who they do it with, and just how bad the situation is. They can help you cut through the lies that an addict will tell you, and get you surveillance footage to help you cut past the denial and move on to the next stage of recovery.

You're worried about hiring the wrong person

Your business is like your baby, and you don't want to make a mistake that will jeopardize it. An employee might tick all the boxes, but a background check is the only way you can be sure that the person you are about to trust in your business hasn't got anything to hide. If there's something bothering you about the candidate then you should give yourself the peace of mind and find out about their past.

A private investigator can give you a full, thorough background check. They have the knowledge and licenses to get all the information you need, and the experience to know what red flags to be looking for. It's better to find out from the get-go then to be surprised (and very sorry!) later down the track.

You want to track down someone from your past

Be it a long lost relative, old friend, or someone you never met, but would like to know, like a biological parent; finding someone with very little information to go on is going to be extremely difficult, time consuming and can take a very long time, if ever. A detective will give you the best chance at finding the missing someone, and do it much faster and easier than you could ever have managed yourself.

You think you're being scammed

If you suspect someone is scamming you, you should find out the truth. Dishonest people will take advantage of your trusting nature, and sometimes it's almost impossible to prove yourself. Is your contractor doing a dodgy job? Is an employee stealing from you? Is your online education supplier qualified? Is your injured worked really injured? Credit card fraud, relationships scams, there are just so many ways someone can try to scam you. If you have a feeling something is not right, or sounds too good to be true, do your due diligence and find out if everything checks out. A private investigator use a combination of surveillance, background checks and other investigation to find out what is going on and help you protect yourself from being taken advantage of.

You think someone's infringing on your trademark

Registering your trademark does not guarantee that someone out there is not using your brand, be it your business name, logo or other key elements. You might notice if someone local is copying your brand, but what if a company in another state, or even another country, is using your brand?

A detective specializing in brand protection can trace your registered trademarks and patents to investigate any misuse and harmful counterfeiting of your brand. Not only can they find the evidence for you, but the detective can then provide solutions to remove any illegal reproduction of your brand.

The detectives here at Kentucky Special Investigative Unit, Inc. know how to get to the bottom of the situation, and are the epitome of professionalism. Discretion, sensitivity and results are our promises to you. If you want to know the truth, give us a call today at (800) 286-3987 or (502) 409-3675 or email admin@kysiu.com or click here.

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What if your partner is NOT cheating? A surprise benefit to hiring a Private Investigator!

FMLA Leave Abuse

Do you suspect that you have a cheating boyfriend, cheating girlfriend, or cheating spouse? Your gut is usually right, and a private investigator can help you get the proof you need to confront them. But what if your gut is wrong? Here's how a private investigator can be a big help, even if your suspicions are unfounded.

"By using a Private Investigator, you won't get caught"

If you get caught investigating your partner, whether they were cheating or not, all trust is now gone. If you're wrong, and you're found snooping through their personal effects, they will be understandably upset, and may feel that they can no longer trust you. Imagine getting caught snooping and spying on them. If you're wrong, you may end up destroying a relationship that wasn't broken to begin with. Fishing for information can be equally risky. If they notice you've been going through their phone or emails, or feel that you're asking too many odd questions, they could figure out that you suspect them of cheating. That feeling of not being trusted could cause issues in your relationship.

Instead, our Kentucky Private Investigators have the equipment and expertise to conduct discreet surveillance without alerting the suspected party. While it might seem like a good idea to do your own reconnaissance work, the chances of you being able to run an investigation without acting suspiciously yourself are very slim. An investigation run by a qualified detective means that if you're wrong, you partner will never know that you suspected them in the first place.

"Peace of mind is worth every cent."

Why get an investigator when they could tell me that my partner isn't cheating? Isn't that a waste? Well, that depends. Do you enjoy doubting your partner? Do you get a kick out of not knowing if they are faithful? An investigator who has fully investigated your partner can put your mind at ease and remove that nagging doubt that's been plaguing your mind. A short, simple investigation with a Kentucky Private Detective can bring back the comforting trust that your partner isn't cheating on you. By hiring a detective and getting the job done professionally, you get the reassurance you need to get a good nights sleep, and can get back to enjoying life with your partner!

If you have suspicions about your partner cheating, our detectives can help you get the necessary proof or peace of mind. If you have your suspicions, please call us today to speak with one of our discreet detectives. We have the highest degree of experience and skill, and know how to get you the truth while keeping your suspicions discreet. If you have doubts about a potential cheating partner or spouse, you deserve to know the truth, regardless of what the truth is!

Contact KY SIU now and learn how we can empower you by knowing the truth, whatever the results may be. You deserve to know! Call us today at (800) 286-3987 or (502) 409-3675 or email admin@kysiu.com

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How to Hire a Private Investigator Checklist

Hire a PI

The difference between a good private investigator and a bad one is the difference between working with an ethical person who conducts business professionally and someone who may rip you off or possibly even break the law holding you civilly or criminally liable. The Yellow Pages directory is full of private investigators in Kentucky who will promise to conduct a marital surveillance on your partner. But once they have your money, they head straight to your husband or wife and offer to fabricate a "good report card" for $500.

The best way to find a PI is by referral. Has a trusted friend recently hired an investigator and was he or she happy with the results? If not, you'll have to start by preparing a list of prospective PIs. Don't be duped or fooled by a slick salesman using high pressure tactics to get your business.

The following is a MUST-HAVE checklist for all Kentucky Private Investigators:

  • Is the Private Investigator licensed with the Kentucky Office of Occupations & Professions?
    • Is their license current? (If not, this could be a red flag!)
    • Do they have any disciplinary action or complaints filed against them? (If so, this could be a red flag!)

  • Click HERE to go directly to the Kentucky Office of Occupations & Professions website to verify that a Kentucky Private Investigative Company has a current and active license.

  • Is the Private Investigator registered and in good standing with the local Better Business Bureau?
    • Do they have an A+ rating? (If not, this could be a red flag!)
    • Do they have any unresolved complaints filed against them? (If so, this could be a red flag!)

  • Click HERE to go directly to the Kentucky Better Business Bureau website to see which Private Investigative companies are registered and in good standing with the Better Business Bureau.

  • Does the Private Investigator have a real office location and available during normal business hours?
    • Or do they operate from their home or other part-time business? (If so, this could be a red flag!)

  • Is the Private Investigator insured?
    • Are they willing to show you their policy if asked? (If not, this could be a red flag!)

  • Is the Private Investigator willing to provide references?
    • If not, this could be a red flag!

  • Does the Private Investigator have an active and public social media presence?
    • Or are their Facebook, LinkedIn, Google Plus accounts set to private possibly hiding bad reviews or negative customer interactions? (If so, this could be a red flag!)

  • Does the Private Investigator have a business license or other evidence of their authorization to conduct business in Kentucky such as articles of incorporation?
    • Do they display these documents in a prominent place in their office? (If not, this could be a red flag!)

  • Does the Private Investigator offer to provide you with a free initial consultation?
    • Are they willing to sit down and meet with you to discuss your case, face-to-face, before you pay for their services? (If not, this could be a red flag!)

Don't ignore the red flags! If one or more of these 'red flags' are present, be very careful when dealing with that particular private investigator.

Remember that you can rely on a good Private Investigator. Besides handling the situation with professionalism, he may be able to refer you to a lawyer, doctor, therapist or other useful specialists. Also, remember that you're making the first step toward empowering yourself in order to resolve issues that may be preventing you from living happily. You deserve it!

Contact KY SIU now for a free consultation with fast 24-hour rapid response! We are conveniently located in downtown Louisville, and are available 24/7/365. Call us today at (800) 286-3987 or (502) 409-3675 or email admin@kysiu.com

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How much is FMLA abuse costing your company?

FMLA Leave Abuse

According to statistics, Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA) leave misuse and abuse seems to be developing a life of its own. Some companies have such high usage and so many problematic cases that it has created a requirement to hire a person whose sole job responsibilities involve overseeing, managing, and tracking FMLA leave.

One reported example of abuse published in The Chicago Tribune reported that one out of every five employees at the Cook County, Illinois, Sheriff's Department takes FMLA leave on any given workday. Those figures are not isolated to that organization. Many employers experience FMLA absenteeism percentages in the double digits, some as high as 30 percent.

The Chicago Tribune reported that one out of every five employees at the Cook County, Illinois, Sheriff's Department takes FMLA leave on any given workday.

The use of Private Investigators to conduct surveillance of employees is one of the recommended solutions companies are using to eliminate this abuse. The Courts recognize and support surveillance as long as it is in alignment with company policies and collective bargaining agreements (where union employees are concerned).

Contact KY SIU now and learn how we can help you eliminate FMLA abuse once and for all. Call us today at (800) 286-3987 or (502) 409-3675 or email admin@kysiu.com

*Statistics Source: FMLA Insights, an online publication authored by attorneys at Franczek Radelet P.C.

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