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 to any degree of intricacy. When seeking out the services of an investigation agency always be certain you know who you are hiring to conduct your investigation. Don't be afraid to vett a company or individual by asking for proof of experience and licensure, do not trust investigation Apps and advertisement claims. Please use the links provided below to verify business and individual licensing with the Virginia Department of Criminal Justices Services to ensure compliance before hiring an investigator.
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 alone translates directly into knowledge and experience of the private sector of investigations. Both professions typically perform different duties and functions that require specific training and skill sets. While we agree they share some of the same basic training techniques necessary to perform any investigation, simply possessing those skills may not equate to the level of experience being advertised. For example, have you ever heard of federal, state, or local police department conducting a cheating spouse investigations? Have you ever known a private investigator who issued a traffic citation or made an arrest? 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 tradecraft 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 scope of the service(s) provided and current caseload. CSI understands when time is a factor and will ensure your request will be handled in an efficient and professional manner. We make every effort to address any variables that may affect the time management of your assignment.
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. This unprofessional behavior gives 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. Attorneys also vary as to what specific information, evidence, or documentation they require us to obtain in order to argue your case successfully. However, in some situations 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 assess 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. Electronic tracking devices can only be installed on a vehicle in which you have ownership of per Virginia state law. Virginia Code § 18.2-60.5 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.