Cloak Investigations surveillance specialists on the Sunshine Coast, Brisbane and the Gold Coast have years of experience conducting surveillance operations in a range of circumstances. Generally, surveillance is conducted by trained operatives working in the field to obtain photographic and/or video evidence of a person’s activities or through static surveillance devices such as hidden camera’s set up in strategic locations on public property. Every state has differing legislation when it comes to the use of surveillance devices however, in most states, it is illegal to record someone on private property without their knowledge. In Queensland it is lawful to make a covert video or audio recording without a person’s knowledge provided the person recording the conversation is a party to the conversation. The planting of ‘bugs’ in a private residence is unlawful.
Private investigators are subject to privacy laws the same as the average citizen which means we cannot legally obtain surveillance evidence on private property. This extends to the installation of surveillance software (spyware) or the activation of GPS tracking on a person’s personal phone or computer or the installation of GPS tracking devices on a person’s private vehicle. In Queensland, an exception is made in cases where parents wish to monitor the activities of their children under the age of 18 or in a workplace or company-owned work vehicle for the purposes of conducting surveillance on employees. It is generally thought to be good practice however, to inform employees in a general way that they may be subject to covert monitoring at some stage during their employment.
Evidence collected unlawfully is not admissible in court and could lead to criminal charges or civil damages in some cases. That’s why it’s vital to engage a licensed surveillance professional who can advise on the best avenues for collecting the evidence you need. Contact Us for a free consultation.
Cloak Investigations investigators can also help with:
- Pre-employment background checks
- Locating a witness to an accident
- Witness statements and records of interview
- Locating debtors
- Gathering evidence for a legal matter
- Insurance claims
- Vandalism and criminal damage
- Security advice
- Risk management
…And much more
All our investigative and consultative services come with a detailed report (including photographic, video and other evidence).