Process Server in Darlington – What we will do

Wednesday 8 Mar 2017 - 07:30:17

When you engage the services of Alpha 1 Legal Services’ process server in Darlington, you can expect a professional service. When we receive your documents and or court orders we attempt service. If we are unsuccessful on our first attempt we will make further attempts. A detailed report can be provided upon request. We can also locate […]

Process Server In Basingstoke Is Highly Successful

Friday 18 Dec 2015 - 02:28:56

  It is the responsibility of our process server in Basingstoke to deliver legal documents in a prompt manner. This post serves as a stark reminder to those who think they can overspend at Christmas at not face the consequences. Our Process server in Basingstoke tells us of two of his cases that he has […]

Private Investigator In Southampton Solves Two Cases

Saturday 12 Dec 2015 - 11:39:36

  Our private investigator in Southampton has been busy. In this case study we are going to tell you about two different tasks received by the team. Both of them involve cheating spouses. You will see that the investigations were carried out using different private investigation techniques. In the first case our private investigator in Southampton was […]

Process Server In Northampton Serves A Divorce Petition

Friday 4 Dec 2015 - 01:01:11

  Our process server in Northampton has been very busy in November. The team have been busy serving all sorts of documents from N39s to Notices to Quit and Residency Orders, to name but a few of the documents that our agents serve on a regular basis. The process serve that we are talking about […]

Bugging Device Detectors

Friday 27 Nov 2015 - 12:23:49

  This week our private investigator in South Yorkshire tells us about his use of bugging device detectors to ensure the safety of a young Mum. The young Mum in question (we will call her Martha, to protect her identity) had sole custody of her young son. Due to a very acrimonious break up there had […]

Private Investigator In Derby Catches A Charity Thief

Friday 20 Nov 2015 - 10:01:03

  Our private investigator in Derby was surprised when they got a call from a local charity shop. As we all know charity shops receive donations of not just money but clothes, furniture and other items too. The charity shop in question takes in all sorts of things, from designer clothes and handbags to supermarket […]

Private Investigator In Bedford Catches A Cheat

Friday 13 Nov 2015 - 12:56:56

  It is a regular occurrence for our private investigator in Bedford to be asked to carry out infidelity investigations. We have selected a case from a few weeks ago to tell you about today. A higher proportion of our infidelity cases are brought by women. In this case it was a man. (Let’s call […]

Private Investigator In Sunderland Tackles Employee Dishonesty

Friday 6 Nov 2015 - 10:19:50

  Our private investigator in Sunderland has been deploying vehicle tracking devices. Why? You ask. Well, let me tell you. The austerity measures have hit the whole country hard, especially in the North East of England. Our private investigator in Sunderland received a call from the senior manager of a Human Resources team of a well-known local business. […]

Private Investigator In Carlisle Tackles Noise Pollution Successfully

Friday 30 Oct 2015 - 10:54:52

  The Alpha 1 Legal Services Private Investigator in Carlisle reports to our head office on a monthly basis. As normal they sent us their end of month report. As we reviewed the statistics from last month against previous months, we noticed that there had been a change. There has been an increase in requests for […]

Private Investigator in Durham Tackles Anti Social Behaviour

Monday 26 Oct 2015 - 09:40:35

Alpha 1 Legal Services private investigator in Durham is finding that they are getting more and more work as evidence gatherers for cases about antisocial behaviour. The increased demand for this type of service could be as a result of massive policing cuts. It is true that the cuts are affecting counties all over the country. […]

Process Server In York Successfully Serves Legal Paperwork

Saturday 17 Oct 2015 - 11:04:54

In this case study, we will be looking at two cases that our process server in York has recently been asked to deal with. Our process server in York was asked to serve a Child Arrangement Order. Child Arrangement Orders have replaced the Residency Orders that were issued before 2014. In the first case our process server […]

Process Server In Durham Serves A Divorce Petition

Friday 9 Oct 2015 - 09:27:28

Alpha 1 Legal Support Services have a process server in Durham. This week we hear about a divorce petition they were asked to serve. The process server in Durham received the petition, and got on with the task at hand. It came with most of the usual information supplied in order to carry out a process serve. […]

Process Server in Sunderland Successfully Serves a Statutory Demand on an Elusive Debtor

Friday 2 Oct 2015 - 08:49:42

Sunderland is not known for its clement climate. This doesn’t deter our process server in Sunderland though. They are out in all weathers making sure that your legal documents are served in a prompt and efficient manner. The economic climate hasn’t been great in recent years in Sunderland either, meaning our process server team in […]

Private Investigator In Middlesbrough Helps To Find A Missing Person

Friday 25 Sep 2015 - 12:41:28

Alpha 1 Legal Services’ Private Investigator in Middlesbrough is regularly asked to locate missing people, this case study is about such a case. Quite a few years ago, the family and friends of a woman from Middlesbrough had become concerned that she wasn’t answering her phone and she hadn’t been seen around the local area for […]

Process Server In Middlesbrough Serves A Winding Up Petition

Friday 18 Sep 2015 - 09:34:37

Our process server in Middlesbrough has been working with a legal firm to serve a statutory demand, then a winding up petition upon a local business. The Middlesbrough business has been having problems for some time. A number of their highest spending repeat customers, had stopped trading for one reason or another over the past […]

Mystery Shopping in the London Area

Sunday 13 Sep 2015 - 01:25:37

Mystery shopping in London is the topic of this week’s case study. We accepted the job of mystery shopping for a medium sized retail business that had eight shops across London. The visits in Hampstead, Greenwich, Woolwich, Notting Hill, Clapham and Bethnal Green all went without a hitch and the business owner was happy with […]

Process Server In Stoke Serves An N39

Friday 4 Sep 2015 - 11:22:49

Our process server in Stoke on Trent was asked by a solicitor to serve a N39 Order to Attend Court for Questioning in the Bentilee area on Tuesday last week. The process server had been given the address of the subject of the N39 Order. The background of the case was made clear to our […]

Process Server In Cambridge Serves A Non-Molestation Order

Friday 28 Aug 2015 - 09:54:52

    It was 3pm on a Friday afternoon when our Process Server in Cambridge was contacted by a local law firm to deliver an urgent Non-Molestation Order. The Legal Order needed to be served as quickly as possible because the client was afraid that his wife would possibly return to the house to create […]

Process Server in Derby Serves A Divorce Petition

Friday 21 Aug 2015 - 09:30:50

  Our process server in Derby was contacted by a solicitor to serve a Divorce Petition. As the service of the Divorce Petition went very smoothly, we thought we would share the details in this case study with you to help future divorce petitioners understand the process of getting the documents to the right place, […]

Bug Sweeping In Fife Uncovers Listening Devices

Friday 14 Aug 2015 - 09:31:19

  Bug Sweeping in Fife uncovers hidden listening devices! Bug sweeping and counter surveillance practices are becoming part of big businesses routine security protocols as industrial espionage regularly hits the news for large companies and even professional sports companies around the world. There have been reports in the last few months of it affecting baseball […]

Traveller Eviction In Liverpool Carried Out By Our Enforcement Agents

Friday 7 Aug 2015 - 11:01:07

  Liverpool landowners, like landowners everywhere else these days, will need a traveller eviction in Liverpool at some point. Our Certificated Enforcement Agent will use common law as the most efficient and cost effective way of returning the land back to its rightful owner. In this case the travellers had settled in on the land […]

Process Server in Bracknell Serves A Debtor

Friday 31 Jul 2015 - 10:29:22

  Our process server in Bracknell received an email from a small business. The business owner had outlined the steps that he had taken already in order to recover the debt of over £750.00 that had been outstanding for some time. Key points of the email: The invoice had been sent over 3 months before. […]

Private Investigator Oldham

Friday 24 Jul 2015 - 11:20:45

  Private investigator Oldham, received a call from a middle aged woman, living in Oldham in Greater Manchester (who shall, of course remain nameless). We won’t tell you how upset the lady was or the all of the back story that she told the investigator  about that wasn’t really pertinent to the investigation, just the […]

Hacking

Monday 20 Jul 2015 - 08:38:26

Using counter surveillance hacking methods in your home and office is not always enough. It is definitely a good start though. The problem is, we don’t just use our internet connected devices in the home and office. Almost everywhere we go there are free WIFI hotspots. Hacking has hit the news this week as more […]

Wireless Surveillance

Friday 3 Jul 2015 - 09:38:34

  You may have seen our recent Facebook picture posts showing examples of the equipment we use in our wireless surveillance jobs.  Wireless surveillance techniques have been around for a while now, in fact longer than you probably realise. CCTV and surveillance cameras are prolific in today’s society. It was in 2013, The Telegraph reported […]

Covert Surveillance Drones

Friday 26 Jun 2015 - 01:08:29

  It’s been a little while since we looked at using covert surveillance drones. In our previous posts we have been focused on the ethical issues surrounding the use of drone equipment and we thought that it was about time that we looked at the top 3 ways they can benefit the private investigator in […]

Private Investigators & Stingray Technology

Friday 19 Jun 2015 - 09:02:09

  Private investigators are not the only people carrying out covert operations in the UK at the moment. The BBC has reported that the UK government are using Stingray Technology to monitor mobile devices used by the general public. It is thought that the Metropolitan Police have owned the technology since 2009.  The UK National […]

Private Investigator Tackles Dog Fouling

Friday 12 Jun 2015 - 09:56:21

  In this weeks post we are tackling a topic that will surprise you because it is not normally thought of as a particular concern of professional private investigators in their day-to-day jobs. Private Investigators tackle dog fouling – The problem is Dog Poo. Dog poo is a problem because with the inevitable, inadvertent step […]

Private Investigators in Ireland

Friday 5 Jun 2015 - 09:02:00

  Private investigators in Ireland, and people who use them will have to be even more careful as the need for a Private Investigator licence becomes law in November. In Ireland the Private Security Authority (PSA) will be the overseers of the private investigation industry. They are already responsible for licensing the security industry with licences […]

Private Investigator for Surveillance

Friday 29 May 2015 - 12:22:49

  A story released by ABC news earlier this month tells how a private investigation company used their skills to catch a farmer who had been scamming an insurance company that had been paying his workers comp claim. It only took four hours of surveillance for the private investigator to get video footage of the […]

Private Investigators & Cheating Husbands

Friday 22 May 2015 - 02:17:46

  When most people think of private investigators they think of someone who is always trying to catch a cheating husband or wife. Although there is often much more to a private investigator’s job, it is still the case that matrimonial matters are still the bread and butter jobs for most private investigators. It could […]

Counter Surveillancing

Friday 15 May 2015 - 10:26:41

  Counter surveillancing techniques form a major part of any professional private investigators toolkit, whether they include expensive and new technology or just the private investigator using his or her streetwise skills. In this post we will be looking at why and how this is the case. Needing to avoid being noticed by the target: Any […]

Bug Sweeping Services

Friday 8 May 2015 - 03:45:15

  Privacy can be vital to businesses, governments and even local councils alike. This is for a number of reasons, such as keeping research and development ideas from prying competitor eyes or, in the case of government and local councils, there are meetings that are held in private due to legal concerns where they discuss […]

Private Investigators & Data Recovery

Friday 1 May 2015 - 09:00:12

  Data Recovery and Private Investigators We should all know by now that posting on social media sites like Facebook, Twitter and the myriad of other social media sites can cause some serious issues between husbands and wives, friends, relatives and employers. A simple post uploaded while out on the town, a seemingly innocuous comment […]

Travellers on Private Land

Saturday 25 Apr 2015 - 11:16:19

  It is hard when travellers turn up and plonk themselves and their property on your private land. This happens frequently to landlords in the form of squatters and landowners, like farmers, when the traveller community decides to park up in their fields. Some councils are also finding this is becoming a problem. In the […]

Checking Private Investigator Credentials

Friday 17 Apr 2015 - 11:05:56

  Private investigator credentials – It is a sad fact that there are a large number of people in this world who are just plain dishonest. And it is also a fact that a large number of these dishonest people do end up being investigated by professional Private Investigators. Whether it is cheaters, con men […]

Drone Rules & Cheating Spouses

Friday 10 Apr 2015 - 09:15:47

  You may have seen our Facebook post earlier this week about the private investigator in America who openly uses drones during her investigations. What makes this story interesting to the UK private investigation industry is not only the types of investigations the drones can be useful for, but also how legislation is being formed […]

Court Appointed Private Investigator

Friday 3 Apr 2015 - 12:26:33

  A court appointed private investigator? America is leading the way in court funded private investigation. Its becoming an intrinsic part of a defence strategy that private investigators are called in to interview potential witnesses for the defence. It stands to reason that a single person that has been accused of a crime does not […]

Lie Detector & Cheating Spouses

Friday 27 Mar 2015 - 07:35:11

  Polygraph (lie detector) machines are known for being truth finders hence the common name of lie detectors. In this post we will be looking briefly at their history and reliability and the devastating effect the results can have if they prove you have a cheating spouse or partner. In America as far back as […]

Cheating Spouse

Friday 20 Mar 2015 - 12:53:20

  There is an age old argument that human beings are not “meant” to be monogamous and that they are in fact genetically disposed to have multiple partners. Just because humans are capable of monogamy, and less than 5% of all species of mammal actually are, it doesn’t mean that they should be. We humans […]

Process Servers Fees

Friday 13 Mar 2015 - 07:35:09

  Process Servers Fees – The current economic climate has seen the cost of living rise year on year. This has now changed because this year we have seen a fall in petrol prices and an increase in the competition between the leading supermarkets meaning even the cost of the weekly shop has come down. […]

Private Investigators and Phone Hacking

Friday 6 Mar 2015 - 01:18:29

  Private Investigations are dependent on the quality of data gathering techniques used. The methods used must comply with the law. In this post we look at the consequences of data gatherers, ie. journalists and private investigators, that got it wrong. In the news this week you may have seen the stories about the journalists […]

The Private Investigator and Social Media

Saturday 28 Feb 2015 - 02:47:15

  Private investigator and social media – If you can cast your mind back to the last post, we showed you just how many people across the nation (according to Ofcom) have at least one social media account. The thing about those social media accounts is that they can also be used to network with […]

Private Investigators & Social Media

Saturday 21 Feb 2015 - 12:34:11

  Social media has taken the world by storm. According to Ofcom, in 2014 66% of adults that use the Internet in the UK have a social media profile on at least 1 platform. Facebook is still the most popular, although Twitter and Pinterest amongst others are catching up. In the two youngest age groups […]

RFID Skimming – Protection Measures

Friday 13 Feb 2015 - 12:42:00

  Last week we found out about RFID technology and that it can be, and unfortunately is, used by the criminal element of society to ‘sniff out’ the details stored on the magnetic strip/chip of your credit/debit cards. Don’t panic! There are things that you can do to protect yourself and that is the subject […]

RFID Skimming

Friday 6 Feb 2015 - 04:01:19

  As promised, this week we are going to look at RFID Skimming. First of all we need to know what RFID is. RFID is short for Radio Frequency Identification. In simple terms this is when electromagnetic fields are used to store and transfer data. This technology can be used as a chip that is […]

Private Investigator Spy Apps?

Friday 30 Jan 2015 - 10:51:59

  Private investigator spy apps? An integral part of the modern, professional private investigator tool kit is the mobile phone. Of course these days they are not just a phone but they are a smartphone. They are great. Almost everybody has one. One of the best things about them is the ability to download apps. […]

Bankruptcy Process Server

Saturday 24 Jan 2015 - 02:36:31

  It’s seems a long time ago that we looked at insolvency and how a process server is involved. There are plans to make changes to the minimum and maximum amounts of money that determine whether a debtor can be allowed on a Debt Relief Order (DRO) or issued a bankruptcy creditor notice. You can […]

Surveillance Guidelines in Care Homes

Friday 16 Jan 2015 - 11:16:26

  Surveillance guidelines – Welcome back to our blog, this week we are providing a brief summary of the last 6 guidelines issued by the Care Quality Commission in respect of the use of CCTV and covert surveillance camera systems by the providers of care facilities. Remember that this is just a brief summary and […]

Surveillance in Care Homes

Saturday 10 Jan 2015 - 12:58:59

  Surveillance in care homes? Since our last post the Care Quality Commission have published guidelines for health and social care workers regarding the use of surveillance in their facilities. This and next week’s post will summarise those guidelines. A care provider must have reasons for using covert surveillance systems in care settings. Common acceptable […]

Covert Camera Systems

Friday 19 Dec 2014 - 01:15:00

  This week we are continuing the theme of covert camera systems and CCTV in care. There have been many terrible reports about the mistreatment of not just vulnerable elderly people but also disabled people that live in residential care. There have been numerous incidents in the news over the last few years and a […]

Covert Cameras in Care Homes

Saturday 13 Dec 2014 - 12:57:15

  Last month we looked at the different covert cameras that can be used to catch a cheating husband or wife. This week we are going to look at the use of covert camera systems in care homes. There are 18,000 care homes in the UK that provide either residential or nursing care, some homes […]

Private Investigator & Safety Regulations

Saturday 6 Dec 2014 - 01:36:18

  Private Investigator safety? As technology progresses, the technology companies find cheaper and cheaper ways of doing things and so the cost to the consumer is vastly reduced. Only 20 years ago the price of a CD burner was in the tens of thousands, now they can be bought for just a few pounds. This […]

Private Investigator Services And The Police

Friday 28 Nov 2014 - 01:46:43

  If you are a regular reader of our blog you will perhaps remember that back  in September we wrote about how the police service were asking victims to help them solve the crimes that had affected them. This was in part due to the drastic cuts in police numbers and funding. Well, failing police […]

How to Catch a Cheating Husband With DVR’s

Saturday 22 Nov 2014 - 04:46:03

  How to catch a cheating husband? This often requires a Private Investigator to record images from a distance with limited light or dark conditions. In this weeks post we look at the advantages and disadvantages of the different night vision technologies that help the Private Investigator work i throughout the night. Thermal Imaging Thermal imaging […]

Cheating Wife

Friday 14 Nov 2014 - 06:46:53

  In our recent posts we have generally classified the cheat as the husband, although relationship statistics released earlier this year show that 14% of married women admit to cheating. The same research revealed that the average length of an affair is 2 years. If you suspect you have a cheating wife or girlfriend a […]

Cheating Husbands

Friday 7 Nov 2014 - 11:06:38

  We are staying with the theme of catching a cheating husbands again this week as we look at the features of the cameras available in today’s market that a professional Private Investigator keeps in their investigation tool kit. Probably the most sophisticated technology for surveillance is the MK1 Eyeball, (for the uninitiated this is […]

Catch Cheating Husband

Saturday 1 Nov 2014 - 02:38:22

  We are venturing back to the bread and butter work for most private investigators. Yes you’ve guessed it, we are talking about catching cheating husbands again. In this post we will be looking at how a private investigator can help you find the truth. Some women are very cautious about approaching a private detective […]

Bankrupt

Monday 27 Oct 2014 - 04:52:10

  Last time we looked at what’s involved in serving a statutory demand when someone owes you money. As promised, this week we are going to explain the next step in the process should the statutory demand not result in payment. So you’ve served the Statutory Demand, waited the requisite 21 days to allow the […]

Statutory Demand

Saturday 18 Oct 2014 - 01:38:03

  It’s coming up to Christmas. For most people it’s a time of festive fun, but unfortunately it all comes at a cost and there are many people out there that end up spending more than they can actually afford and getting into unmanageable debt. If you have provided a product or service and not […]

Cheating Husband Prenuptial

Friday 26 Sep 2014 - 09:26:46

  It’s been a while since we last looked at cheating husband,wife,boyfriend,girlfriend and divorce, so we thought we would revisit this issue, but from a different perspective. When the divorce stats began in 1858 there was 24 divorces in the entire year as oppose to 118,140 in 2012. There were 262,240 marriages in 2012 meaning […]

A Process Server Is Worth The Money

Friday 19 Sep 2014 - 09:09:23

  The UK government has put a pot of money aside to help people pay for legal services and has been around since 1949. Before this there was something called Poor Man’s Laws, the fees of a court appointed counsel would be waived. Legal Aid is one of the many benefits of living in the […]

Police Cutting Back?

Saturday 13 Sep 2014 - 01:07:39

  Last time we looked at how the police are already asking civilians to investigate crimes that they have been the victim of. This week it’s been reported across the media that the powers that be want to reduce the number of serving Chief police officers. Are the Police Cutting Back? The BBC interviewed Irene […]

Investigators, still a Job for the Police?

Saturday 6 Sep 2014 - 10:10:14

  Did you know Great Britain has a national network of investigators? Well it does, the police service. In 2013 according to the Office of National Statistics (ONS) there were 129,584 full time serving police officers in England and Wales. The Telegraph published an interesting report yesterday about how the police are needing the public […]

Private Investigators Investigate Fraud

Friday 29 Aug 2014 - 01:46:11

  Whether your case involves benefit, insurance or corporate frauds there are things that should be considered when you investigate fraud. This post looks at the top 10 things that need to be taken into account to ensure a successful conclusion to a case. The Law. Investigators carrying out an investigation of any sort must […]

Private Investigators on TV

Friday 22 Aug 2014 - 10:41:16

  Private Investigators on tv? We are fast approaching the end of the summer holidays and we thought we would take a lighthearted look at popular ones. It has been harder than it sounds to gather a list of fictional private investigators rather than the classic cop sleuths we are inundated with. So here are […]

Private Investigators Support Solicitors

Saturday 16 Aug 2014 - 09:12:56

  Private Investigators support solicitors, however, we can all guess why a member of the general public would want to hire a private investigator firm. The classics are to trace missing relatives or confirm the faithfulness of a partner. However, as a solicitor you might consider the option of using a one-stop shop. This is […]

The Private Investigator Data Protection

Friday 8 Aug 2014 - 10:00:20

  We all need a data protection refresher course every now and then. This post looks at the Data Protection Act 1998 and the implications for Private Investigators. Recent reports in the national newspapers about the activities of Glenn Mulcaire highlight the need to bear the Act in mind when carrying out investigations. It should […]

Vehicle Tracking Use

Friday 25 Jul 2014 - 09:29:51

  With vehicle tracking use, back in May this year we wrote a detailed post that looked at the different types of technology that is used in vehicle tracking devices, we are going to build on that this week by looking at the circumstances where it will be useful and the guidelines that should be […]

Private Investigators Use Drones

Friday 18 Jul 2014 - 10:27:40

  Drones are like the remote control planes and helicopters we had as children. However technology has moved on in leaps and bounds and some models are no longer just toys as they carry recording equipment and can even connect to the internet and download data in real time. Up until very recently hi-tech drones […]

UK Investigation Company Wins Award

Friday 11 Jul 2014 - 09:39:56

  This week we are taking a break from looking at all the different aspects of private investigation and it’s associated tasks. So what are we looking at instead? Yes, you’ve guessed it, the M and A Awards. UK Investigation Company Wins Award, But who? Yes, it Alpha1legal! So we thought we would also take […]

Licensing Professional Investigators

Friday 4 Jul 2014 - 11:18:59

  We are half way through the year and getting ever closer to the government’s introduction of the licence for Professional Investigators and with this licence will come the regulation of the industry. In this post we will be looking at the Top 5 benefits that licensing will bring for both the general public, as well […]

Counter Surveillance Techniques

Friday 20 Jun 2014 - 09:42:45

  One of the main themes in our blog has been surveillance, whether it’s been the equipment used or the benefits of using surveillance techniques to catch a cheating husband, wife, girlfriend, boyfriend or partner. For this mini series of posts we will be looking at counter surveillance techniques. The first post is about using […]

Hire Process Servers, How To?

Saturday 14 Jun 2014 - 12:56:45

  How do you hire Process Servers? To hire process servers in the U.K. is easy. It is estimated that there are somewhere in the region of about a thousand Private Investigators working as Process Servers in the UK. A Process Server is someone who delivers court documents and legal documents to companies and members […]

Hire Private Investigator

Friday 6 Jun 2014 - 08:52:48

  How to choose a Private Investigator? There are a lot of Private Investigation companies out there, In fact it is estimated that there are around 10,000 investigators in the UK, so we need a few ways to narrow down the options and ensure you hire the right investigator. So, how do you choose the […]

RIPA & Surveillance

Friday 30 May 2014 - 10:00:13

  In this post we will be looking at the definitions of the different types of surveillance. First of all, let’s define covert surveillance: Covert meaning hidden and surveillance meaning watching or monitoring a person or thing with or without using technology as an aid. This can be either by following them from a distance […]

Evict Travellers, How do I?

Saturday 24 May 2014 - 10:34:43

  Need to know how to evict travellers who set up their mobile homes on your land without your permission. So how do I evict travellers? Did you know that trespass is not actually a crime? It is a civil matter. By mobile home, we mean things like camper vans, tents, or caravans. This means […]

Tracking Vehicles

Friday 16 May 2014 - 09:37:23

  These days vehicle tracking systems are becoming an integral part of a surveillance strategy, whether it is to find out if your partner is cheating, or you need to monitor the whereabouts of employees that frequently travel on company time in a company car, or even remain compliant with the terms of an insurance […]

Investigator Essentials

Friday 9 May 2014 - 02:23:48

  Builders have hammers, plumbers have plungers. Every trade person has their own collection of essential tools without which their job would be nigh on impossible. Private investigators are no exception. This post looks at the top 5 tools every local private investigator should own. 1. Cobra Deluxe Spy Stick. Retailing at approximately £110 this […]

Child Abduction

Friday 25 Apr 2014 - 11:04:42

  In this weeks post, we have gone for a change in direction as we tackle the sensitive subject of parental child abduction. Child abduction (parental), the CEOP (Child Exploitation and Online Protection Centre) has reported the rather startling fact that in total over 140,000 missing children every year. This equates to one child every […]

Tackling Benefit Fraud

Friday 18 Apr 2014 - 08:59:26

  Continuing on with the theme of investigating fraud, this week are going to look at the murky world of the people that claim benefits that they are not entitled to. It’s a huge problem that cost the UK taxpayers approximately 2 billion pounds in 2012. In December last year the Express ran a story […]

Fighting Fraud With Surveillance

Friday 11 Apr 2014 - 09:27:28

  Do you know why your insurance premiums go up even when you haven’t made a claim? Most people would hazard the correct guess that it is really down to the cost of fraudulent claims. According to the Insurance Fraud Bureau the Association of British Insurers estimates the real cost to the average insurance policyholder […]

Forensic Data Recovery

Friday 4 Apr 2014 - 11:13:21

  These days we all have constant access to digital data through the ever-evolving range of electronic mobile devices. We all have our own digiprint (a bit like a footprint but harder to eradicate) that leaves a trail across our social media platforms, call and text histories. This makes it much harder to get away […]

Cheating Spouse?

Friday 28 Mar 2014 - 10:05:15

  You may have noticed that in the last few posts there has been a theme. We have looked at the different ways you can find hard evidence that you have a cheating spouse, including the use of a private investigator. So you have found out that your one true love is no longer true […]

Catch Cheating Partners

Friday 21 Mar 2014 - 12:04:50

  Can you tell if your husband, wife, girlfriend or boyfriend is cheating? What do you do if they deny it? How do you catch cheating partners? We can help catch cheating partners. The statistics from the Journal of Marital and Family Therapy 2014 shows that 41% of married people admitted to some level of […]

Surveillance Equipment Essentials

Friday 14 Mar 2014 - 09:15:14

  Have you ever wondered what surveillance equipment a private investigator keeps close when they are on a surveillance stakeout or attempting to catch a cheating husband or wife? This post will answer that question for you. However, it is worth noting that new technologies are released regularly and so there may be ‘gadgets’ not […]

Track a Cheating Husband.

Friday 7 Mar 2014 - 04:46:45

  When questioned about installing a Global Positioning System (GPS) most people would say that you would use it for trying to catch out a cheating husband, wife, girlfriend or boyfriend. There are however more reasons that you might want to use them, for example to track an employee who is carrying expensive merchandise or […]

ICO – Data Protection

Friday 28 Feb 2014 - 09:39:59

  ICO – Data protection should be at the top of the list of things to be concerned about for everyone. ICO – Data Protection, The law that was issued in 1988 states that any information, in any format, (digital, paper, visual or audio) that is held about a person must be secure, must be […]

Tracing People with Private Investigators

Sunday 12 Jan 2014 - 11:52:38

  Most people have certain preconceptions about the role of the private investigator, but in reality there are a number of different services offered. One task frequently carried out by our private investigators is the tracing of individuals. Most commonly this involves the tracing of debtors, but these skills can also be put to good […]

Process Servers & Statutory Demands

Monday 6 Jan 2014 - 09:49:59

  When serving Statutory Demands, our process servers have recently had to clarify the timings needed between the letter of appointment being sent out and the Bailiff / Investigator re-attending for service. The main provision concerning the time for service is found in the Practice Directions: Insolvency Rules [2000]. These state that “a first class pre-paid […]

Travellers Evicted from Illegal Camp

Sunday 29 Dec 2013 - 11:00:15

  A private landowner was given a shock during the bank holiday weekend when an illegal traveller camp was set up on their retail park. This occurred to the north of Gloucester on Saturday afternoon. Within no time, the camp was set up. Once the land was occupied, the owners tried to negotiate with the travellers […]

Private Investigators Help to Trace Debtors

Friday 20 Dec 2013 - 12:47:10

  According to a recent report British taxpayers will have to pay for graduates who have left the country without paying debts. Private investigators have been called in to track down overseas graduates from UK universities who have left the country owing millions of pounds. We have found at Alpha 1 Legal Services, that we […]

Trespassers and Private Land

Saturday 14 Dec 2013 - 01:01:11

  In this country the scarcity of land is fast becoming a large problem for people. Many years ago, before the land was so densely populated, it was easier for travellers to pitch their camps wherever they so wished. People travelling to summer festivals sometimes think they can camp anywhere they please. For local landowners […]

Private Investigators Image

Saturday 7 Dec 2013 - 12:36:40

The private investigators image that springs to mind, when one thinks of private investigators is the type of private eye or snoop that was romanticised in cinema – like Jack Nicholson’s character in Chinatown, the British Sherlock Homes or even Hercule Poirot as made famous by Agatha Christie. However, professional investigators services are in demand […]

Private Investigators In The UK Win Top Award

Saturday 23 Nov 2013 - 12:41:50

  Alpha 1 Legal Services, one of the leading private investigator companies in the UK, is pleased to announce it has been voted as “UK Investigation Company of the Year 2014/15” at the Acquisition International M&A Awards. Private investigators win award! Alpha 1 Legal Services operate not only across the country with a number of […]

Private Investigators & Process Serving

Saturday 16 Nov 2013 - 01:35:44

  As a professional process serving company it never ceases to amaze and mystify us here at Alpha 1 Legal Services. Particularly on a Friday, at approximately 4:30 in the afternoon, we will receive a stream of calls from solicitors, government departments and other agencies with a request to serve documents upon an individual or company, […]

Anti Fraud Surveillance Services

Sunday 10 Nov 2013 - 12:42:22

  Being a private investigation company using anti fraud surveillance services in the UK on a daily basis, we are often called upon to investigate false claims of sickness on behalf of employers and government departments. Our anti fraud surveillance services are used nationwide. In most cases their suspicions are not unfounded, which is why they engage […]

Private Investigators and the Use of Vehicle Tracking Devices

Sunday 20 Oct 2013 - 11:58:12

  I have mentioned to clients many times, how beneficial our vehicle tracking devices can be in their enquiries. They are a great tool for providing intelligence to our investigators as to the movements and habits of someone (when deployed legally I might add). Gradually over the last year we have seen a surge in demand for […]

Private Investigators and Licensing in the UK

Saturday 28 Sep 2013 - 02:52:08

  The Parliamentary Home Affairs Select Committee report has now been published. The Report makes a number of recommendations to Parliament, for the licensing of the Private Investigators industry which includes: – 1. The term “Private Investigator” be protected for use by those regulated. 2. An introduction of a two-tier system of licensing of private […]