Commonwealth Surveillance & Investigations is a family owned and operated fully licensed and insured private security business with the Virginia Department of Criminal Justice Services. All investigators conducting investigations are also licensed, registered, or certified with the Virginia Department of Criminal Justice Services. CSI investigators have undergone local, state, and national background checks, and are veteran professionals who have far exceeded the mandated training required by the Commonwealth. We possess the knowledge, skills, and ability to manage investigations of any degree of intricacy. Always be certain you know who you are hiring to conduct your investigation. Ask for proof of experience and licensure, don't blindly trust phone Apps and advertisement claims.
Prior Law Enforcement Experience?
It's fairly common to find private investigation agencies advertise they are owned or operated by former or retired law enforcement officers to prove to you they have the experience required to conduct a private investigation. At CSI we don't believe law enforcement experience and training translates directly into knowledge and experience of the private sector of investigations. Both professions typically perform completely different duties and functions that require specific training and skill sets. While we agree they share some of the same basic training required to perform any investigation, simply possessing those skills doesn't necessarily equate to the level of experience being advertised. For example, have you ever heard of DHS or local police department conducting a cheating spouse investigations? Or have you ever known a private investigator who issued a traffic citation? Of course not, because it’s not a function that either profession would perform so consequently not specifically trained to carry out. Government agencies and departments also have access to all the many resources that logistically support them. Benefits most of which are not afforded and shared with the private sector requiring private investigators to have attained a certain level of resourcefulness gained only through experience in the field. We advertise ourselves as being experts with actual expertise in this industry. We have perfected our trade craft over many years within the private and public sector of investigations. This is what sets us apart and makes us truly experienced professionals.
How should I proceed?
Having an investigation conducted is a relatively small investment that can have a substantial impact on your future financially and emotionally. If you find yourself uncertain how to proceed or question whether or not your suspicions are valid we offer many affordable solutions to give you piece of mind, which include: Activity Checks, Background Verification and Records, Manned and Unmanned Surveillance. Please contact us for a free consultation and evaluation and we'll discuss your options as well as how best to proceed with your specific situation.
What is the turnaround time for services?
Turnaround times are based on the specific nature of the service(s) provided. CSI understands when time is a limiting factor and will ensure your request will be handled in an efficient and professional manner.
Private Investigators, legalities and ethics?
At CSI we believe that knowing and understanding the law as well as operating within its legal boundaries in a professional manner is imperative to serving our clients and protecting their interest. Unfortunately, there are some agencies and individuals that either fail to understand, or blatantly disregard the legal methods of obtaining and documenting evidence in a dishonest attempt to appear more effective. Not only are companies and individuals that conduct themselves in this manner breaking the law, they are putting you and your case at risk. These unprofessionals give the private sector of investigations a bad reputation and could cause irreparable consciences with potential evidence that may otherwise have been a useful asset.
Should I seek legal representation?
The decision whether or not to retain an attorney is an important one. Moving forward with legal action can be a stressful yet often necessary step in the judicial process. There are benefits to having the protection and knowledge of being legally represented when necessary. For example, if your attorney contracts with us directly all work product produced by CSI is protected by attorney client privilege. However, in some cases it may be prudent to perform an investigation prior to hiring an attorney. This could potentially save you money that may otherwise have been wasted retaining legal counsel unnecessarily. CSI cannot and will not give legal advice but will help to asses your situation and recommend whether or not seeking the advice or services of a lawyer could be beneficial to you.
Unmanned Surveillance Systems?
The utilization of GPS tracking and UVM (unmanned video monitoring) can be an affordable and sometimes logical decision to make when considering documenting an individual’s activity level and whereabouts. Typically, a lower cost than traditional manned surveillance, GPS tracking and UVM allows for continuous 24/7 accountability that is completely discreet and noninvasive. We believe GPS tracking and UVM can be an invaluable source of information when applicable to the circumstances. GPS tracking devices can be installed on any marital vehicle or vehicle in which you own or have co-ownership of only per Virginia state law. Virginia Bill HB1981 passed February 21st, 2013 makes any person who installs or places an electronic tracking device through intentionally deceptive means, and without consent, and uses it to track the location of another person guilty of a Class 3 misdemeanor. This legislation exempts licensed private investigators so long as they are legally acting in the normal course of their business. Please contact us for details.