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  • Mar 01 / 2019
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Private Investigation

Advanced Investigations are experts in the field of Surveillance. Accredited by industry leaders Research Electronics International; REI.
The Director of Training, Mark Uker, is the best in the business providing hands-on training to the most talented law enforcement professionals. 
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  • Jan 04 / 2019
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Private Investigation

National Council of Investigation and Security Services, Inc. (NCISS)

Advanced Investigations, LLC is proud to announce and congratulate Paul Cicarella on his appointment to the Region 2 Director for the National Council of Investigation and Security Services, Inc. (NCISS) covering the areas of CT-MA-ME-NH-NJ-NY-RI-VT.  Paul operates Advanced Investigations, LLC with offices located in Stratford, New Haven, Waterbury, Westport and West Hartford, CT.   Advanced Investigation, LLC is open 24/7 and can be reached at (203) 745-4455 or pcicarella@ai-ct.com.  Learn more about NCISS at www.NCISS.org.

  • Dec 12 / 2014
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Catching a Cheater, Infidelity Surveillance, Noticing the Signs, Private Investigation

6 Ways to Identify a Social Media Affair

 

Online communication has become a vital part of our social media lives since the evolution of text messaging, Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram. Developing relationships over social media has become so common that over the past 5 years, divorce attorneys have experienced a significant increase in the use of social media networking as evidence in their cases. But why do social media affairs happen so frequently? And what can we do to stop them from interfering with our existing relationships?

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1. Your Spouse is More Committed to Checking Their Online Accounts Than Ever Before

Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram have granted us with the power to have instant gratification. With the ability to constantly check in with people all over the world, it becomes easy to obsess over who may be peeking into our lives. If your spouse is consistently checking in on his/her social media accounts, interacting with specific “friends” or “followers,” it may be a sign that your spouse is communicating with someone that they don’t want you to know about. Additionally, communication through social media is untraceable on phone bills, making it easier for cheating spouses to maintain relationships without the fear of being found out.

2. Your Spouse Has a Strict Password-Protected Computer, Tablet, or Smartphone

Trust and transparency are essential components to any relationship. If your spouse is constantly password-protecting their devices, it is likely that they are restricting you from access to their hidden social media lives. Spouses who have experienced social media affairs are driven by the illusion of secrecy. If your spouse or lover is not willing to let you handle their devices, this is a huge indication that there may be a problem.

3. Your Spouse Maintains a Friendly Online-Only Relationship

One major reason why social media affairs have become so common is the appeal of anonymity. With the use of e-mail, text messages, and communication apps, communication has altered in ways that make it easy for us to live secret lives. Online-only affairs are extremely dangerous to existing relationships because of the reality that it is much easier to communicate online than face-to-face. If your spouse claims to be maintaining an online relationship, they may be having an emotional affair rather than a physical one.

4. Your Spouse Has Facebook Friends, or Followers That You Are Unfamiliar With

In a relationship, it is likely that you are aware of your significant other’s close friends, family members, or acquaintances. If your spouse sporadically gains Facebook Friends or “followers” that you are unfamiliar with, this could be a sign that your spouse is using their online presence to receive attention you may not approve of.

5. Your Spouse Regularly Deletes His/Her Internet, Phone Call, or Text History

If your spouse is obsessively on his/her computer, phone, or tablet, and regularly deletes website or text history, it is likely that they are hiding something. Most of us, who are regularly on our devices, normally do not think twice about deleting our recent conversations; therefore, a huge indicator of an unfaithful spouse is when he/she is significantly aware of any information that could indicate infidelity. Look out for apps like CATE (Call and Text Eraser App) that allows users to delete their history with one click.

6. Your Spouse Uses Sneaky Phone and Messaging Apps 

Apps like Kik, WhatsApp, Viber, make phone calls and text messaging easy for unfaithful spouses; however, sneakier apps like Slydial and Tiger Text make it difficult to detect exactly who your partner is contacting. Look out for Slydial, that allows users to directly access a contact’s voice mailbox without having the phone even ring, and Tiger Text that allows users to send text messages with a deletion timer. Your spouse using sneaky apps on their smartphones or tablet is a major red flag, and further investigation is warranted.

  • Dec 12 / 2014
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Catching a Cheater, Infidelity Surveillance, Noticing the Signs, Private Investigation

7 Financial Signs Your Spouse is Cheating on You

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1. Cash Withdrawals are More Frequent 

Increased cash withdrawal could be a sign that your spouse is avoiding leaving a paper trail of their expenses. If your spouse is making excessive cash withdrawals close to their home or office, this could be a sign that they are spending money in places that they do not wish to be traced back to.

2. Online Banking Passwords Have Been Changed

Financial transparency in a relationship is often a sign of trust. If your spouse suddenly changes passwords to online banking accounts that you had previously had access to, you have reason to further investigate their motives.

3. Increased Gas Expenses and Transactions in New Neighborhoods

Excessive driving, or sudden increased gas fill-ups should raise concern. An effective way to investigate your spouse’s recent driving activity is to examine the locations of their gas fill-ups, as well as their toll payments. If you notice that your spouse is spending money in unfamiliar neighborhoods, it is more than likely that they are having an affair.

4. New Junk Mail/Bank Statements Arrive at Home

If you  notice that you’re suddenly receiving mail from unfamiliar credit card companies, this could be a sign that your spouse has opened new, separate accounts. Additionally, if your spouse suddenly takes control of sorting through mail, this could also be a sign that they are monitoring incoming bills that they don’t want you to see.

5. Your Spouse Claims to Be Working Longer House With No Increased Income

Hourly workers would be getting paid over-time for their extra hours, and salaried workers are also entitled to monetary reward. If your spouse uses the common excuse that they are working late or at odd hours, taking a look at their paycheck could give you insight to the validity of their claims.

6. Expenses on Household Necessities Get Stricter

A spouse suddenly becoming stricter about household finances could be a sign that they are hiding their own spending habits. Additionally, if your partner begins to become increasingly involved in household finances, you should begin to examine their recent spending habits and examine any unusual circumstances. A spouse having an affair would be cautious in spending their money due to their increased spending habits.

7. Finding Receipts for Items You Never See

If you find that your spouse has receipts for restaurants, taxi cabs, or items that never make it into your home, this could be a major indicator of an affair. Though your spouse may hide their trail of expenses by paying in cash, searching for receipts is an effective way of monitoring how their money is being spent.

  • Sep 30 / 2014
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Divorce Support, Private Investigation

Your Ex Spouse is Employed and Collecting Alimony

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It is a common occurrence that two individuals get a divorce and one of the parties is paying alimony because the other is supposedly not working or not earning much, but in reality they are working plenty. As you can imagine, it is a very frustrating situation. In cases such as these, some investigative services can relieve a lot of stress for the individuals that are paying. One of the services that would most likely be recommend in this predicament is surveillance of the party that is allegedly working more than they say. During this surveillance, the investigator will observe the individuals everyday activity. Where they go, what they do, and if they are in fact working, just how much? But it does not stop there! Some investigators can provide searches that can access bank account information to further get you the answers that you need. Make sure that you are not getting the short end of the stick next time you are in court.

  • Sep 30 / 2014
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Employee Theft, Loss Prevention, Private Investigation

Stopping Employee Theft In Your Business

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Loss Prevention is the precautions or practices that a company takes to ensure that there is little to no loss within their business. Many times in both small and large companies, there is employee theft. Although we see it more within larger companies, it still happens in smaller companies more than it should. If you feel that your company is coming up short in profits and that something is not right, then you need to GET ANSWERS!

The best way to prevent loss within your company is to call a Private Investigator who specializes in Loss Prevention. You should discuss your situation with this investigator and go over all of your options. When it comes to Loss Prevention, there are many different strategies to either catch your dishonest employees, or just make sure that you are not losing money in areas that are unnecessary. One service that could definitely benefit your company would be to install Security Cameras. Whether they are covert cameras that are installed inside the facility to watch your employees, or outside of the building to monitor for burglars, etc. they will help tremendously. If you don’t think that installing a camera system would help you, then maybe something such as a Secret Shopper service would be better. Send “customers” to your business and see how your employees treat them and if they are following the rules and protocols that they should be. Find out what goes on behind the scenes in your business!

  • Sep 30 / 2014
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Private Investigation, What to ask your PI

What To Ask Your Potential Private Investigator

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One very important question to ask your potential investigator is how much experience do they have in handling the type of case that you are interested in pursuing? If you are dealing with a loss prevention case, for example, you would most likely want to give it to an investigator that has experience with that type of situation or specializes in it. Your best bet is to go with a company that is larger than the man working out of his truck. Find someone who is taking advantage of all of the technology that is around today to ensure that you are getting the best results possible.

Another very important question that you would want to ask a private investigator is how exactly do they obtain the information that the client desires. For example, if you hire a private investigator to validate that your spouse is cheating, you want to make sure that the way they get their proof is legal and ethical. The last thing that you want is to pay a private investigator to get information for your divorce case only to have it be obtained illegally! That is what makes this very important to understand before choosing a private investigator. As you can imagine, people do not hire a private investigator on a daily basis, so many people do not particularly know what to look out for, but these are some essential base questions to get you started!

  • Sep 30 / 2014
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Catching a Cheater, Infidelity in the Workplace, Infidelity Surveillance, Private Investigation

Infidelity Among Women On The Rise

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According to the National Opinion Research Center’s General Social Survey, over the past two decades, the percentage of women having affairs has increased by almost 40%. The number of men admitting to extramarital affairs has held constant at 21 percent. So why is this gender gap closing? There are two main arguments surrounding this topic, one of these arguments being the increase in economic independence in women. Many women these days have higher job titles and play important roles within the work force. Due to this, they are holding their own when it comes to financial aspects of the home and marriage. With this also comes the idea that women may be more willing to engage in an extramarital affair due to the fact that they will have less of a financial hit if it ever came down to a divorce. They are also more likely to sufficiently support themselves on their own after the divorce making the need for their partner less present if the passion and connection is gone at that point. Another main argument is the technology that has arisen over the recent years. Many people argue that since we rely on technology and more so social media, that it is making infidelity that much easier. Since Facebook and other social media accounts, you do not have to leave your couch to reconnect with old friends or meet a new love interest. While the new technology is great, it is also very dangerous at times and can be detrimental to a person’s relationship. While the way that we meet new people has changed, infidelity remains a fact, perhaps even to a higher extent in modern relationships. A person can be engaging in a relationship over the phone or on the computer without even meeting the individual in person. With this comes the obvious increase in infidelity that we have been seeing. It used to be very rare that a man would hire a private investigator to catch his cheating wife, but it has become much more common. If you are having some suspicions about your wife and want to get answers about what they have been up to, don’t hesitate. You deserve answers too!

  • Sep 30 / 2014
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Home Burglary, Private Investigation, Security Camera Systems

Four Things Burglars Don’t Want You To Know!

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1. When you think of burglars you think of the “professional” ones who know exactly how to get into your house, get what they want, and leave. The reality is these types of burglars are becoming less common. The type of burglars that you need to be worried about are the amateur, low key ones that blend in with your everyday life. Studies indicate that the “easy” burglaries are usually committed by young males that live in the neighborhood.

2. One of the obvious pieces of information that burglars don’t want you to know is how they do what they do. What most people don’t know is how exactly burglars go about finding their way into your house and taking whatever they can find. Despite common belief, many burglars hide out in the open. Many will find a house that they have targeted and park their cars around the block. They will walk right up to the door and sometimes even ring the doorbell! If someone answers, they often will pretend to be selling something or ask for “directions” to another house. If nobody answers, on the other hand, they then will proceed to scope out the house to find the easiest way to enter without causing too much of a commotion. A lesson to learn from this NEVER let “salesman” into your home. A smart idea would be to meet them outside to discuss whatever it is that they want.

3. So how are you targeted? Location and appearance have all to do with the way that a burglar targets a house. For obvious reasons, it is less likely that a house on the corner of the street will be burglarized due to the location and activity around. Houses located in the middle of the street seem to be more likely to be at risk. Burglars go off of appearance. Many burglars pay attention to whether or not your home looks as though you pay attention to it. As crazy as it sounds, if your lawn looks well cut and taken care of, it may have an impact on the safety of your house. A house that looks run down gives off the impression that it is easy to gain access inside and/ or that you may be less likely to realize if objects go missing. Houses in cul-de-sacs are at a higher risk than many for home burglaries due to low activity from not only other people passing by, but also police patrol.

4. So how do you stop your home from looking so appealing to the burglar looking for his next target? Well the first piece of advice would be to get your home security camera system installed today so that you can watch your home from anywhere around the world directly from your smartphone. Besides that, you can do other things such as not advertising your business on social media. Whether your page is private or not, there are still people on the internet that can see that you are in New York for the weekend, thanks to Facebook’s new “tagging” feature. By telling your friends,you are welcoming people to know that your house is going to be left unattended for an extended period of time. Not a very smart idea! Another precaution is to make sure that you have locks on all doors and even windows especially those on ground level. The next step of this is to make sure that they are actually being locked! They won’t work if you don’t use them properly. Lastly, if someone were to enter your home looking for objects of value to take, they are going to look in common places such as the master bedroom, the dresser, nightstand, etc. Try keeping things in places less common such as medicine cabinets, children’s bedrooms, etc. These are only a few precautions, but they are a good place to start

  • Aug 07 / 2014
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Private Investigation

What Makes Us Different Than The Other Private Investigator You Saw Online?

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One of the major reasons that we set ourselves apart from other private investigation firms is our rapid
and qualified results. We pride ourselves in fast turn-around and customer satisfaction. Unlike many
other private investigation companies, our fresh, youthful staff uses the newest technology to our
advantage to insure that our clients get the best results that they possibly can. With our owner being
one of the youngest in the field, he provides fresh, new ideas to make your investigative experience as
satisfying and worth your while as it can be.

Knowing what to look for in an investigation firm is critical. To get the most value out of your investment into an investigation, be sure that you are hiring a true professional.

Things To Consider When Comparing Private Investigation Firms:

  • Many, if not most private detective firms do not have actual permanent office space. The stereotypical private detective you see in the movies wears a baseball jacket and works out of the trunk of his car.

At Advanced Investigations, you will meet us at either our Fairfield or New Haven office and sit in our conference room to discuss your case with our owner and the lead detective that will be handling your case. We are members of the Better Business Bureau and CALPI (Connecticut Association of Licensed Private Investigators) and pride ourselves on professionalism.

  • When giving your case to a Private Investigator, it is important to make sure that they have a staff. If they are trying to catch your cheating spouse, you want more than one of them in the field to ensure that they will not lose him or her. You will also be looking for updates on the progress of the case. If the detective that you hire has a staff, you will receive information in real time.

At Advanced Investigations, we have a full office staff including a full-time paralegal. A full staff of Private Investigators that are working out in the field to get you the best results possible. You can always be in contact with our office staff for updates as we work on your case.

  • Be sure that your potential private investigator has the experience and access to the technology needed to solve your case. 

At Advanced Investigations, we specialize in many different types of cases due to the range of experience of our field investigators, we are equipt to handle many different types of cases such as Loss Prevention, Infidelity Surveillance, Litigation Support, etc. To ensure that you are getting the most accurate results, we use state of the art technology and the brain power of the whole team.

  • Is your potential Private Investigator peeking through windows to get you the information that you are looking for? Make sure your investigator knows the legal system before putting your case in their hands! If the information that you’re seeking is obtained illegally, you may not be able to use it in a court of law.

At Advanced Investigations, we have a very good understanding of the legal system and are constantly checking statutes to make sure that we are giving you the best, most valid information possible to support your case in a court of law, or otherwise.

When you bring your case to us, we can ensure you that it will always be a priority. All of our cases are discussed in our investigative creative team meetings to decide the best and most effective ways to get you the results that you need as fast a possible.

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