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December 8, 2017
Private eyes hired by Royalty

Fifa Corruption Under Private Investigation

International Corruption and Private Investigators The article explains how Princess Haya Bint Al-Hussein, a Jordanian princess married to the ruler of Dubai, hired an investigations agency to collect the evidence of corruption. Their operatives have been seeking to interview current and former FIFA officials, as […]
December 6, 2017
Hire a professional PI when youre in doubt

Putting Private Investigators to Good Use

When Private Investigators Really Matter Recently, the infamous Coles supermarket chain was forced to pay a New South Wales tradie a staggering $295,000 in damages, following a slip and fall incident in one of their stores in 2016. Paul Mansell, the tradie in question, was […]
November 27, 2017
Mysteries in Australia

Australia’s Unsolved Mysteries

Unsolved Mysteries of Australia Our country is big, sparsely populated and sometimes harsh; all things that make the inexplicable, supernatural and mysterious seem all the more real. It’s surprising, actually that real mysteries aren’t more common around here, after all, as private investigators; discovering the […]
November 24, 2017
Investigators Investigating Clients

Dodgy, Illegal and Unethical Clients Might Fail Our Due Diligence Checks

If Something Smells Fishy, You Bet We’ll Check It Out We often talk about the important in doing your due diligence before jumping into the metaphorical bed with someone, whether you’re looking to employ them as a member of staff, or live with them as […]
November 22, 2017

How Do We Compare To Our Hollywood Counterparts?

Hollywood’s Impression Vs Real-Life Private Investigators Hollywood and television have a long history of portraying Private Investigators in two extremes, one being somewhat alluring, and the other in a less than complimentary light. In this article, we’ll be comparing the differences between real, modern-day private […]
November 20, 2017
Natural Disasters and Insurance

Are Insurance Prices Going to Increase?

Are Insurance Policy Premiums Set to Spike? You’ve probably noticed that there have been a bunch of natural disasters this year, with two of the biggest international ones being Hurricanes Irma and Harvey. Now, you may not think that foreign hurricanes can affect Australia, but […]
November 17, 2017
Cats used as spies

Cat-Astrophic Covert Investigations Programme

CAT-ASTROPHIC COVERT PROGRAMME When you work in our industry, you’re always looking for the latest and greatest tools to use for covet surveillance. After all, anything that makes our lives easier will probably help produce better results for our clients as well. Throughout the history […]
November 15, 2017

Schools Use PIs to Mitigate Fraud

Schools Use Private Investigators to Snoop on Fraudulent Parents A few years ago, it was reported that Australian schools were beginning to hire Private Investigators. As you may know, government-run schools generally work by catchment area, meaning that children are only eligible to attend if […]
November 6, 2017
Bullying and Harassment at Work

The Effects of Workplace Bullying

Workplace Bullying and How to Handle It Workplace bullying is a serious issue in the Australian corporate sector, with a 2016 survey finding that half of Australians to have experienced it at some point in their careers. While bullying at work rarely intersects directly with […]
November 3, 2017
Corporate Fraud in Australia

Three Common Forms of Commercial Fraud

Three Common Forms of Fraud in the Workplace Throughout its lifetime, the average small Australian business will encounter some form of fraud at least once or twice. Larger organisations face the issue much more frequently, and unfortunately, in many instances, less obvious cases of fraud […]
October 30, 2017
Aussie Government using PIs

Government Contracts and Private Investigations

Our Work with Australia’s Federal Government Did you know that the federal government hires Private Investigators? The government has spent $380,250 since 2012 on Private Investigation contracts, mainly to catch people committing fraud, be it identity, unemployment or disability-related. We want to highlight this as […]
October 23, 2017
Smaller Serious Investigations Image

Five Serious Investigations Handled by Pro PIs

Serious Investigations Handled by Professional PIs So much for catching your cheating partners; some investigators are simply too busy trying to solve serious crimes and international mysteries! We’ve listed five serious investigations, or types thereof, from around the world where private investigators have either solved […]
October 20, 2017
Tools of our trade post

The Tools of Our Trade

The Tools of Our Trade You may already have some idea of what type of gear Private Investigators carry while on the job, after all, the basics are pretty simple. While the camera, notebook and vehicle are obvious, there are many accessories and gadgets that […]
October 16, 2017
Strange PI Stories from around the globe

Weird and Wonderful Cases from Around the World

A Few Weird and Wonderful Cases from around the World Sometimes while working as a Private Investigator, you end up working on the strangest things. While the majority of cases that you work are straight forward corporate, infidelity, background checks or locates, you sometimes have […]
October 4, 2017
Protecting yourself online

How to Stay Safe Online

How to Stay Protected Online The internet is an interesting place, full of fun facts, skewed statistics, ignorant comments and of course, pretty much anything else you could imagine. With that, and the fact that so many of us use the internet everyday, it’s important […]
September 18, 2017
Kate Warne - First Female Detective

The World’s Greatest PIs – Kate Warne

The World’s Greatest Private Detectives: Kate Warne Born in Erin, New York, 1833, Kate Warne was arguably the first female detective in the world, but at least the first female investigator hired by Allan Pinkerton in 1856 and the very first in North America. With […]
September 11, 2017

The World’s Greatest PIs – William J. Burns

The World’s Greatest Private Investigators: William J Burns Known as “America’s Sherlock Holmes”, William John Burns was a US citizen who started his career by forming the William J. Burns National Detective Agency, working alongside two of his sons. He then investigated the 1910 bombing […]
September 8, 2017

Staying Protected Against Australia’s Stalkers

Six Ways to Stay Protected Against Stalkers While you have hopefully never had to nor ever will have to deal with a stalker, unfortunately there are many who have and even more who will. The Australian Bureau of Statistics estimates that 1.6 million Australian women […]
September 6, 2017

The Black Widow Killer Investigation

  Bringing the Infamous Black Widow Killer to Justice Helen Milner killed her husband and almost got away with it. It was only the persistence of Lee-Anne Cartier, the husband’s sister, that brought her to justice. She carried out her own investigation into his death, […]
September 4, 2017

The World’s Greatest PIs – Allen Pinkerton

The World’s Greatest Private Detectives: Allen Pinkerton Allen Pinkerton was possibly one of the most accomplished Private Investigators in history. Rising from humble beginnings as a Cooper (barrel maker) in Glasgow, Scotland, to running the largest Private Detective and security agency in the world. So […]
September 1, 2017

Knowing Who to Trust: Two More Reasons to Run a Professional Background Check

Knowing Who to Trust: Two More Reasons to Run a Professional Background Check You may have recently read a story about a woman who had unwittingly married a convicted rapist, or you might remember a story from a number of years ago, about a man […]
August 31, 2017

Field Agents Required: Factual and Surveillance Investigations Professionals Wanted

Field Agents Required: Factual and Surveillance Investigations Professionals Wanted Precise Investigation is one of Australia’s leading professional investigation service providers, with over three decades’ experience in the Commercial, Legal, Insurance, Government and Private sectors.  We have successfully provided certainty and clarity to clients across the country, […]
August 28, 2017

The World’s Greatest PIs – Eugène François Vidocq

The World’s Greatest Private Detectives: Eugène Fançois Vidocq Private investigation may be a well-established and commonly known profession in today’s world, but this wasn’t always the case. Once upon a time, the idea of private detectives didn’t exist – your only options were to summon […]
August 25, 2017

5 Things a Private Investigator Can Do For Your Business

Protecting Your Company’s Best Interests since 1987 Businesses in the modern world have more use for Private Investigators now than ever before. Whether it’s through mitigating risk, managing your own security, deliberating commercial opportunities, recovering business information or ensuring legal proceedings go smoothly, a licensed […]
August 21, 2017

5 Things a Private Investigator Can Do for You, as an Individual

5 things that a Private Investigator can do for you, as a private citizen Even as a private citizen, the services that a Private Investigator can offer are more useful than you might think. The services offered by Private Investigation companies all around Australia can […]
August 16, 2017

The Battle for Rightful Custody

The Battle for Rightful Child Custody Earlier this year, Precise Investigation was approached by Charlotte Maine after she and her ex-husband, Sean McAdams, had separated and agreed to follow a parenting plan and subsequent consent order that the two had put together and had approved […]
August 14, 2017

Our Role In The Australian Community

Our Role In the Australian Community Despite our best efforts, Private Investigators have a notoriously shady reputation about them; a reputation created by Hollywood and then held over us by the masses in expectation of what and who we’re supposed to be. It may be […]
August 11, 2017

Bugs Pose a Threat To Every Industry

Bugs Pose a Threat to Every Industry Earlier this week, it was revealed that the security guard on point for the All Blacks Ruby team and one of their managers found a bugging device that had been planted in their Sydney Hotel late last year. […]
August 8, 2017

Occupational Hazards

Occupational Hazards Did you know, private investigators can sometimes inadvertently become involved with criminal investigations? While serious issues such as murder and armed robbery are normally the sole purview of the Police, it is not unheard of for Private Investigators to face dangerous or even […]
August 2, 2017

Should Spying On People Really Be This Easy?

Spying on People Is Easier Than Ever Have you ever considered that you may have been the Subject of an investigation at some point in your life? You’re probably thinking in terms of the Police, or Private Eyes… or maybe Auditors even, but I’m referring […]
July 31, 2017

Clear As Crystal – Discussing the Issues Surrounding Methamphetamine

Clear as Crystal – Understanding the Issues Australia Faces with Crystal Meth A recent study, published by the National Drug and Alcohol Research Centre, has brought some interesting statistics to light with regards to the use and abuse of Crystal Meth (methamphetamine) – a drug […]
July 25, 2017

How Would You Feel If You Were Put Under Investigation?

How Would You Feel If You Were Put Under Investigation? This question was raised, albeit paraphrased, on a website called Quora, an interesting question and answer forum, similar to the likes of Yahoo! Answers, and I thought it appropriate to share some insight into how […]
July 19, 2017

Developing Service Delivery for Even Better Results

There’s Never Been a Better Time to Hire a Private Investigator Precise Investigation has been quiet for the last two months across our social spheres as a result of a series of intrinsic changes we’ve been making to our team; bringing in and training up […]
April 28, 2017

How to Avoid Paying Out a Multi-Million Dollar Insurance Fraud

You Can Kiss Your $2 Million Goodbye CNP Finance, an Australian insurance firm specialising in Workers’ Compensation recently took us up on our tender, allowing us to provide the company with the very best in insurance and litigation-specific investigations. With that in mind, prior to […]
April 24, 2017

12 Year-Old’s “Epic Journey” Across Australia – A Solemn Reminder

A 12 Year-Old Boy Drove 1300km Across Eastern Australia, Alone. As some of you may have already heard, read or seen on the news, or pretty much anywhere on the web, a 12-year old boy was arrested on Saturday after he was found to have […]
April 19, 2017

Study Shows Most Domestic Violence in Australia Is Enacted By Family Members

Violence Towards Women – A Family Matter? A new case study surrounding assault victims treated in Australian hospitals has shown that violence against women is “usually” carried out by a partner or spouse and, in the majority of cases, the perpetrator is a family member. […]
April 12, 2017

A Peek at The Results of the Australian Census

Just How Average Are You? “Average” – possibly the worst word to describe many things, but yet a word that we rely on so much to describe normality. It’s a word that’s used to make us feel ok, because, hey, it’s what everyone else is […]
April 10, 2017

How to Rip Off Your Insurance Company

Green Slip Prices Set to Spike in NSW?  In light of the numerous articles we’ve released recently regarding insurance fraud and scams in Australia, and having come across yet another startling insurance scam this morning, we thought to share a handy “How to” – or […]
April 5, 2017

How to Get Out of the Friend Zone

Sometimes, If You Really Want Something, You Just Have to Steal It! … That should not to be taken as professional or even friendly advice – it’s merely a statement referring to an observation we made during our latest infidelity case. Most affairs are pretty […]
April 3, 2017

A Complicated Gold GST Scam Stole $700 Million from Aussie Taxpayers

$700 Million Has Already Been Lost – When Will It End? In an almost unbelievable turn of events, it appears that one particular act of fraud has single-handedly caused the scrap metal industry in Australia to boom from $160m in 2011, to over $1.8 billion […]
March 28, 2017

Proudly Supporting Oakleigh’s Local Community

Supporting the Greek-Australian Community through Sports and Entertainment Some 25 years ago, when I was starting out in Australia, my first home was in Oakleigh, Victoria – a place that made emigrating here all the more worthwhile. It was in those first few years in […]
March 22, 2017

More than $150,000 Lost to Fake Online Stores | Fraud and Scams Australia

Over 1,000 Reports So Far This Year – More Than 50% Report Financial Losses In light of an article we can across on Scamwatch.gov.au, reporting a shocking number of successful online scams wreaking havoc in Australia, once again, we thought to firstly share the news […]
March 20, 2017

How to Effectively Manage and Mitigate Insurance Fraud in Australia

Working Towards a Better, More Efficient and Cost Effective Insurance Industry Reflecting on our most recent case article, describing an employee’s attempts to outsmart his employer and their respective insurers into paying out on a fake back injury, and the fact that he is just […]
March 15, 2017

Workers Compensation Fraudster Caught Bowling with Bad Back | Fraud Australia

Your Back’s Practically Broken – Why Are You Bowling? Gravalax Pty Ltd is a concrete and cement manufacturer with offices across a number of states in Australia and Tasmania, and it’s main insurer, QBE Assurance, are both a long-term clients of Precise Investigation. While Gravalax […]
March 14, 2017

How to Recycle Plastic and Make a Pretty Penny Doing It | Theft Australia

In December of last year, Precise Investigation was approached by a leading supermarket chain to investigate a series of mysterious disappearances from two of the company’s warehouses in Victoria. Daniel Evans, the warehouse manager at the northern branch, first noticed that a number of the […]
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