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Marital Misconduct

50% of marriages end in divorce. If the reason is infidelity, it can get VERY nasty with attorneys and private investigators drawn and fired like twin revolvers in a Dodge City gunfight. If you’re facing this situation you need the best private investigators in the business. It starts with the evidence. It won’t matter how good your attorney is if they have nothing to back up the allegation.

Marital misconduct, divorce or “cheating spouse” cases are among the most common requests for service received by investigative agencies. Men and women are equal offenders. The reasons and motives for infidelity vary greatly, Some people are bored, some are lonely while some are just self centered and only concerned for themselves.

Marriage is an age old institution and the concept of cheating is only slightly younger. The difference today is that society is so connected via Internet and social media that opportunities to stray constantly present themselves. Some people just can’t or won’t say no to the temptation. The results of infidelity are devastating to families, especially where children are involved.

If you are in a situation where you suspect your spouse is cheating, there are several critical steps to take...
  • Consult with a qualified family law attorney or call us for a free referral to one. Should your suspicions be confirmed by our detectives, you will need to move quickly regarding legal issues such as division of assets and custody. Remember, as your investigators, we only gather evidence and don’t offer legal advice.
  • Be observant. Make notes of your observations and keep them in a secure place. Look for changes in work habits such as leaving home early and staying late. New hair styles, clothing and changes in grooming habits are usually red flags. Lack of interest in sex or a sudden over interest (overcompensating) are also key. Also, watch for over protection of cell phones and computers.
  • Treat found evidence such as clothing carefully so as not to spoil DNA samples. Store in a cool dry, secure place in a brown paper bag. Always use sterile forceps and non powdered latex gloves when handling potential evidence.
  • Don’t confront your spouse. Remember, you are trying to get to the truth. Any confrontation may cause them to temporarily modify their behavior.
  • Trust your instincts. If you suspect a problem, call us or schedule a consultation. We’re here to help.

Missing Persons

Missing persons cases are typically assigned to private investigators as “cold cases” although some are still recent. Cases of this nature are most successful when they are still new. Please be aware that not all missing persons are actually “missing”. It’s important to remember that missing adults and missing children have different protocols for your investigation.

Adults (anyone over 18 for these purposes) can go off the radar for any reason or no reason. Please keep the following things in mind:
  • File a missing persons report with your local police or sheriffs office.
  • Don’t assume the person left voluntarily.
  • Remember, competent adults have the right to privacy and may not wish to be contacted. When found they can and do choose to exercise that right. We respect and protect it. We cannot and will not hold someone against their will. Neither will we disclose their location or whereabouts without their express written permission unless the person is officially classified as incompetent or wanted by law enforcement.
Minors (under 18 years of age) are treated differently.

When located we will advise local law enforcement agencies immediately. They will notify you and we will assist as needed.

Location of adoptive parents and children have additional requirements for the protection of all parties.

We do not provide these services for location of past love interests such as location of high school sweethearts, etc. However, we will work with your alumni association to gather information for class reunions. Please allow at least 12 months advance notice for this service.

We reserve the right to require a criminal background check and references on any and all parties requesting the above services. Negative issues may result in denial of service.

Any attempt to illegally utilize the results of information obtained and disclosed will trigger a report to law enforcement.

If you need assistance in any of the above matters please call us at 336-908-4625 or request a consultation

Property Crimes

Property crimes generally get a low priority. In some cases a CSI will collect evidence but usually a report is filed and a claim on an insurance policy is initiated. We can help as you try to locate your property but statistically the odds of recovery are low. Serial numbers can be ground down, vehicles are “chopped” and parted out or within hours are on container ships to be taken offshore and sold in other countries. Our focus is on prevention. Our security agents can show you how to protect your property and valuables by making them less attractive to thieves. Call us for a security inspection of your home or business. We’ll look at your property, and provide a report detailing any problems found and solutions to those problems. Stolen property can be recovered on occasion, but preventive maintenance is ALWAYS the best option! Call or schedule a consultation today.

Cold Cases

A COLD CASE does not mean a CLOSED case. Many times these cases are referred to us because the police have exhausted leads or run out of witnesses. Private Investigators can help here by locating witnesses, developing new leads and reexamining old evidence in light of today’s technology. Typical examples are investigating old homicides, suspicious deaths or nearly any other issue that has been on the shelf for an extended period of time.

Child Abuse and Custody

Many times in divorce and custody matters, children are used by one or both parents as a means to “get even”. Its sad but true and the children pay the price. Accusations fly and the parents accuse each other of the worst forms of neglect and abuse. Fathers are accused of sexually molesting their children while mothers are accused of being drug addicts and unfit to care for the kids. When a client comes into our offices and accuses the other parent of neglect in any form, we take it very seriously. If the information is wrong and the kids are well cared for and not neglected or abused then all ends well. Sadly, on occasion the opposite is true, and there is evidence that some type of neglect or abuse is present. Because there are children involved, these cases take priority over all the others. We investigate exhaustively and when abuse of any kind is evident, we document it and report to you as well as local law enforcement. Please call us at 336-908-4625 or schedule a consultation to learn more.

Asset Location and Recovery

Many requests for help from private investigators are due to the issue being a civil matter and not the domain of law enforcement. Location and recovery of assets is one of those areas. Property thefts often fall into this category as well due to a low prioritization by police. ( A police report should ALWAYS be filed regardless) There are many ways we can help. Some of the more common requests are for missing money or property due to suspected theft, missing estate items due to family members helping themselves prior to reading of the will and location of business equipment not returned by departing employees, even missing pets. If it’s lost, we can help you find it. Please keep in mind that we do NOT do REPOSSESSIONS and will not take custody or possession of located property.

Background Checks

President Ronald Reagan coined the term “trust but verify” He was referring of course to his negotiations with the Soviets but the point is well taken. NEVER blindly trust people you don’t know! If your instincts are telling you that something is wrong, pay attention and then call us to check it out. Your daughters new boyfriend. Does he have a criminal record? Your new employee. Was she prosecuted for theft? Your new lawn man. Is he on the sex offender registry? We’ll run a complete background investigation to verify things like references, education, criminal record, residential history, driving records and almost any other issue of character or safety. The decision is always yours, but it helps to have the facts! Call us or schedule a consultation today.

Workers Compensation/Disability Fraud

Workers compensation and disability insurance fraud is at epidemic levels. As a business owner, you are required in most states to purchase and maintain workers compensation insurance. Its expensive and the down payments increase every year. Unscrupulous attorneys troll the airwaves for like minded clients and then encourage them to file claims that all parties including their doctors know are questionable. In other cases, the injuries heal and the claimants are able to work but would rather not and the claim becomes malingering. Its all fraudulent and you as the business owner end up paying for it though increased premiums. Walton Investigations agents can help your bottom line by identifying these crooks and putting them out of business. If you are an insurance agent with questionable disability claims, we can help you too! Call us today to learn more! 336-908-4625.

Attention U.S. and Canadian LICENSED Private Investigators and Firms: We accept subcontractor assignments for workers compensation and disability cases. We also need top notch VENDORS nationwide to help us carry out those assignments. Vendors and providers can Get more details here or call 336-908-4625 for more information.

Workers Compensation/Disability Fraud

Workers compensation and disability insurance fraud is at epidemic levels. As a business owner, you are required in most states to purchase and maintain workers compensation insurance. Its expensive and the down payments increase every year. Unscrupulous attorneys troll the airwaves for like minded clients and then encourage them to file claims that all parties including their doctors know are questionable. In other cases, the injuries heal and the claimants are able to work but would rather not and the claim becomes malingering. Its all fraudulent and you as the business owner end up paying for it though increased premiums. Walton Investigations agents can help your bottom line by identifying these crooks and putting them out of business. If you are an insurance agent with questionable disability claims, we can help you too! Call us today to learn more! 336-908-4625.

Attention U.S. and Canadian LICENSED Private Investigators and Firms: We accept subcontractor assignments for workers compensation and disability cases. We also need top notch VENDORS nationwide to help us carry out those assignments. Vendors and providers can Get more details here or call 336-908-4625 for more information.

Employee Theft

Millions upon millions of dollars are lost every year due to employee theft. You name it, someone will steal it. Office supplies from your stock room, food product from your restaurant, fuel from your storage tanks, shady accounting, company vehicles used personally, And the biggest one of all: TIME. In most states theft from an employer of goods or services in ANY amount is a felony. Catching them is another matter entirely. Seasoned thieves are hard to catch. We can help you level the playing field with a wide array of resources like undercover agents, surveillance cameras and other methods designed to give YOU the upper hand. Most people tell us they had no idea how much they were losing until they started checking. Protect what’s yours. Call us today 336-908-4625.

Executive Protection

Executive protection traditionally has been defined as an advanced security detail for business executives and political figures. A true executive protection requires a detailed plan and experienced professionals. These professionals MUST be successful EVERY TIME because peoples lives are in the balance. There are other types of protection details available that may fall short of the executive protection label. Among those are body guard work, hostile employee termination and protection from abusive spouses. These are all equally important and all have a few things in common. For purposes of the law in most states, executive protection includes all of the above categories and must be performed by a licensed security contractor or private investigator depending on which state you live in. Some states require both. Nightclub bouncers frequently venture into this arena simply for the money. However, hiring these individuals without a license or liability insurance has enormous liability risks. Always hire professional, licensed protection specialists and ALWAYS VERIFY credentials. Call us today for more information at 336-908-4625.

Wrongful Death

Private Investigators receive numerous requests for help in this category. We are often asked by attorneys to locate witnesses to vehicle accidents or other incidents where someone’s life has been lost. At other times we are asked to locate additional evidence that might have been previously missed. We have also been asked many times to investigate a death ruled a suicide due to the clients belief that it was actually a homicide. Our goal here is to give you peace of mind by knowing the TRUTH about what happened. Call us today for more information at 336-908-4625.

Witness Location

Witness location is an important function of private investigators. Personal injury cases, cold cases, criminal investigations, missing persons and many other types of investigations are dependent on location of first hand witnesses. Can your investigators locate witnesses to a years old accident with nothing but two first names? Ours CAN and HAVE. It’s not easy. It takes hard work and top notch research skills. We use modern up to date databases, but we also use old fashion techniques that never go out of style such as knocking on doors and questioning ANYBODY even remotely connected to the issue.. Our agents will wear out all the shoe leather it takes to get results for you. Call us today to learn more.

Surveillance

Surveillance takes many forms. Electronic, physical, remote, mobile and stationary. Electronic surveillance means to install cameras, GPS trackers, recorders, etc in a covert manner in order to catch activity within their range. It’s popularity has grown in recent years as equipment costs have declined and the actual cameras and recorders have become smaller easier to hide. It’s the preferred method for most investigations as it greatly lowers the chance of discovery, but also carries legal risks if done improperly. We do not do “phone taps” as they are almost ALWAYS illegal. GPS trackers are generally legal but have to be installed properly.

Direct physical surveillance means that the investigator is on site with a cover story. It is done from nearby tree lines, vehicles such as work vans, ect. Today it takes more skill than ever. In a post 9-11 world, people are skeptical of ANYTHING out of the ordinary. It takes a seasoned investigator to conduct this kind of surveillance. Our agents are skilled at conducting mobile surveillance through traffic or on foot in the local shopping mall.