Private Investigation Work

It’s been a while since I posted on here, as a matter of fact I’ve been so busy I forgot about this entirely. I’m one of many private investigators in Oklahoma City, and the competition is ruthless and tough. This year I’ve had a month long surveillance I’ve been working that finally came to a close two weeks ago. I’m finally getting caught up with the business side of running a private investigation agency.

Some new additions in the past year are a Black Lab and a Blue Heeler. The Lab has a laid back personality, but the Heeler is a firecracker. The Heeler is 8 months old and starting to get develop a sense of what’s acceptable and what’s not.

Back to the business of being a private investigator – I’ve started 3 new brands, and I’m working on developing an association for private investigators. I suspect I’ll probably run into some setbacks with this considering there’s an existing association, but it looks inactive judging by the web site, and I don’t see or hear about any legislative involvement from it. I’ve also started a private investigator YouTube channel. I’m also working on starting a private investigator podcast.

That’s all for now – oh yea, I’m still working on a sign off. I need to figure that out.

Oklahoma Private Investigator

In addition to the many private investigative services I offer in the Oklahoma area, I also offer litigation support for attorneys to assist with building their cases. Litigation support is often a higher level of research that determines scientific facts or tracking down certain information that is needed with the attorney’s case.

The most popular litigation support services I frequently provide in the Oklahoma City area are:

Finding a current address: This is often used to track down witnesses or in some cases defendants.

Finding historical addresses: Often used to track down where an individual has been and is useful for interviewing their past friends and neighbors in background checks.

Finding a date of birth: Useful information in some court cases.

Determining know aliases: This is helpful when connecting activities of an individual where they may have used a fake name.

Finding of confirming a social security number: This assists with identification, especially useful in identity theft cases.

Locating birth records: Birth records are useful in adoption cases, tracking genealogy, and in some cases identity theft.

Locating death records: Death records are useful in adoption cases, tracking genealogy, and in some cases identity theft.

Locating marriage records: I often have to do this with divorce cases, and in some cases probate cases.

Locating divorce records: Divorce records are often needed in background checks, probate, and child support cases.

Trash collection and investigation: Digging through the trash yields an amazing amount of information about someone.

Locating beneficiaries: This is during a probate case.

Research current or historical property holdings: I do this during divorce cases, background checks and asset searches.

Identify mortgaged property and lien holders: Divorce cases, probate and asset searches.

Determine who secured lenders are: Divorce cases, probate and asset searches.

Identify related party property transactions: Divorce cases, probate, background checks and business mergers.

Determine current market value of real property: Divorce cases, probate, asset searches, background checks, business mergers.

Locate bankruptcy filings: divorce cases, probate, asset searches, background checks, credit reports, and business mergers.

Improper relationships and infidelity: Corporate investigations, divorce cases, criminal cases, and civil cases.

Locate federal civil law suits: background checks, premarital investigations, bankruptcy cases, and divorce cases.

Investigate federal civil and criminal records: This is used during many types of cases, but mostly background checks.

Obtain mug shots from arrest records: This is often needed to confirm the identity of the person we are investigating, especially for a background check.

Provide an independent analysis: I provide this most often in computer forensic cases.

Locate state and local criminal arrest records: Most often used in background checks and premarital investigations.

Trace home and cell phone numbers: This can determine who called from a home or cell phone.

Determine corporation owners: This is useful during civil law suits and business mergers.

Locate and interview current or former executives: I do this for corporate investigations, background checks, business mergers, and civil law suits.

Retrieve and analyze corporate records: I do this for corporate investigations, background checks, business mergers, and civil law suits.

Locate and interview witnesses for a criminal or civil law suit: This is a popular service I provide on a regular basis.

Find assets: This is often needed during divorce cases, probate, background checks, and civil or criminal investigations.

Intelligence gathering: This can be done for businesses or individuals. It’s most often called surveillance.

Determine connections between parties: This can be utilized in many investigations.

Locate bank account information: I provide this on background checks, premarital investigations, civil cases and probate cases.

Research social media activity: Used in many cases like divorce cases, infidelity cases, civil and criminal cases.

Confirm previous employment history: Popular for background checks.

Locate a missing person: often referred to as skip tracing.

Conduct surveillance: useful in many cases such as infidelity, fraud, and criminal cases.

Identify Risks: This can be done for corporate investigations, home security, or financial situations.

Locate and verify professional licenses: This is useful for background checks.

Testify as an expert witness: I do this is computer forensic cases.

Act as a bodyguard: I do this during divorce cases, VPO hearings, civil and criminal cases.

Due diligence searches: This is used during many cases where one respondent is unable to be reached.

Identify Fraud: This is useful during accident cases, insurance cases, as well as civil and criminal cases.

These are just a few of the many ways I can assist an attorney with their cases. If you would like to discuss your case, please contact Joe Sullivan at 405-796-6548

Joe Sullivan is an Oklahoma Private Investigator

Social Media Endangers Some Business Owners

oklahoma city bodyguard serviceThere’s a growing trend of business owners being robbed late at night at their place of business or at their residence when they arrive home late at night. Investigations into this activity have shown many of these business owners have been profiled from business social media sites such as Manta, Google Plus, and other popular sites where business owners may list business address and their home address in some cases. Once they have been targeted for a robbery the suspects may use surveillance to learn their daily activities such as trips to the bank, time of deposits and their home address. In other instance the suspects plant GPS tracker on the business owners vehicles in order to track them. Most attacks and robberies happen in the victim’s driveway or garage when arriving home late at night. The attackers will then force the business owner to show them where the cash and valuables are stored.

What you can do to protect yourself

Don’t use your home address: When listing your business don’t use your home address. If you need to list an additional address use a post office box. This helps prevent the attackers from getting your address from a social media site.

Vary your routine: You can make it difficult to predict what you are going to do and where you are going to be by varying your routine. This means taking a different route to home and work every day, or every other day. Change up your schedule for bank deposits, arrival to work, and leaving for home.

Be aware of your surroundings: Make a note of someone you see hanging around your business or cars that always seem to be parked around your business, especially late at night. Pay attention to traffic and be on the look out for anyone following you while making a trip to the bank or on your way home. If you think you are being followed, keep driving in a well populated area and call the police.

Have your car checked for GPS devices: If see someone lurking around your vehicle or suspect a GSP device may have been planted on it, contact a private investigator or the police to have it thoroughly checked for tracking devices.

Hire a bodyguard: A bodyguard can escort you to your vehicle late at night if you don’t feel safe or there is an active threat. A bodyguard can also follow you to your residence and make sure you make it home safe.  In most cases a bodyguard agency will charge a monthly or weekly fee for this which is much less than their per hour charge. I offer bodyguard services in the Oklahoma City and Edmond area that cover situations such as this.

For more information or for a free consultation on your home and business security contact Joe Sullivan: 405-496-6548

Background and Foreground Investigations

Private Investigations in Oklahoma City

background checks in Oklahoma CityThere are two type of investigations I frequently perform for pre-employment, pre-marital, and infidelity investigations, and those are a foreground check and a background check. These two types of investigations can provide a complete picture of an individual, their habits, and any past legal or related issues.

The Foreground Check

A foreground check is information gathered from readily available sources that gives insight into the character of a person. This may include posts and pictures made on social media sites such as Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, and Instagram. This could also include posts made online in other forums. Another type of check is a trash check. Private investigators in Oklahoma City area allowed to collect trash for investigation when it is put out for pickup. A persons trash can provide clues such as how much they drink, smoke, health issues, and in some cases financial and legal issues.

The Background Check

A background check includes more detailed information into a person past such as criminal records, law suits, divorces, financial problems, and assets. This information is acquired through research with courts, law enforcement agencies and county assessors. In some cases we can go as far as interviewing former employers, neighbors, and relatives to establish a persons character.

How to hire a private investigator in Oklahoma City

When the time comes and you are ready to proceed with a foreground or background investigation you can read our blog about private investigations in Oklahoma City. Or you can contact Joe Sullivan at 405-796-6548.

Preventing Stalking and Cyberstalking in Oklahoma City

Did you make it easy to stalk you?

Cyber Stalking private investigatorOver the past year I’ve had a lot of cases where people were getting stalked online, cyberstalking, and stalked in person. This may have happened to  you. You’re at the store, at a movie or some other event, and there they are, seemingly random and coincidental. Yet, something tells you there’s more to this. They seem to appear everywhere you go and you can’t figure out why. You may have made it easy to stalk you during the course of your relationship with the person stalking you, and in most cases it’s difficult to avoid. Sharing information such as your schedule, social media accounts, email address, and phone number can often be used to track you online.

Methods of Cyber Stalking Prevention

Don’t share your usernames and passwords and don’t leave them someplace where they are accessible to someone else. In a lot of my cases the victim shared their usernames and password with the stalker during their relationship. In other cases the stalker obtained the victims usernames and passwords from notes in the victim’s phone or from notes written down around their home or office.

Don’t accept friend requests or followers from people you are not entirely sure of or fully trust. Often you can be tracked down on Twitter or Facebook from uploaded pictures or check ins. If you can’t resist checking in on Facebook it’s a good idea to check in as you are leaving or after you have left the place. You should also disable GPS or geolocation in order to prevent your location from being recorded in posts and images you make to social media accounts.

Dealing with an Active Stalker or Cyber Stalker

Once you feel like or have confirmed you are being stalked you should take the following countermeasures:

Document everything you think is suspicious – This will help when filing a police report or it may connect events in some way later that determines how the stalker is tracking you down.

Change the passwords to your email accounts Often I have encountered cases where the stalker had access to the victims email accounts. This enables the stalker or cyber stalker to determine what’s happening in your life and even your schedule. If your email provides dual authentication, be sure and enable this for your account.

Change social media account passwords – The stalker may have reset your social media account passwords if they gained access to your email account. The stalker might also be logging into your accounts to see your posts or read messages to others. This means changing all your Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Pinterest, and other social media accounts. Again, if they offer dual authentication, be sure and enable it.

Change your iCloud account password – If you use iCloud this one is extremely important. If a stalker has access to your iCloud account they can log in and track you using the Find My iPhone tool. t’s as good as planting a GPS tracker on you. If you back up your iPhone to iCloud it also possible to download all your images, text messages and other important data without you knowing it happened.

Change your online backup passwords – If you use services like Drop Box or Google Drive be sure and change those password as well. If a stalker has access to these services they can use that to track you online or in person.

Change your privacy settings – Make sure all your online posts to social media are set to private so a stalker is unable to view them.

Block and delete the stalker – If you know who the stalker is, be sure to block their accounts from your social media accounts and email accounts. If you are connected to their social media account, be sure to delete or unfollow them.

File a police report – If you have enough information to prove someone has accessed your social media accounts, other online accounts, or email, file a police report.

Hire a private investigator If you aren’t sure if someone has accessed your social media accounts, other online accounts, and you still feel like you are being stalked – it might be time to hire a private investigator. A private investigator can review your documentation from any suspicious events, check your online accounts for access, and prepare a report for law enforcement. This can greatly assist in bringing your stalker to justice.

Missed Connections

If you want to increase your chances of finding a missed connection you should consider contacting a private investigator. With a few basic facts about the person I can usually track them down in 24-48 hours around the Oklahoma city area. If you can provide a little information such as a name, birthday, or employer, it makes tracking them down that much easier. As a private investigator in Oklahoma City I charge around $135 to $150 for this service, and it’s well worth it if you are serious about reconnecting with that special person.

 Missing Person Investigator