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March 8, 2017

The Benefits of Long-term Commercial Partnerships

Our Commitment to Long-term Commercial Partnerships Precise Investigation prides itself on being able to deliver successful, key investigation services across a multitude of commercial, industrial and domestic settings – at least, that’s what many of our clients associate us with. As integral as the standards […]
February 28, 2017

The Importance of Closure and How Best to Obtain It

How To Get Closure in Life, Love and Business Closure, as a subject, may seem to be an excessively wide-ranging topic to cover in a short period of time, and it is – but we’re going to focus in on the bare essentials and explore […]
February 22, 2017

5 Reasons to Be More Observant | Investigations and Surveillance Australia

differences between listening and hearing How and Why You Should Be More Observant in Everyday Life Being observant and having a keen eye for detail are traits that most would assume a good private investigator, federal detective, spy or other form of federal agent might […]
February 19, 2017

Getting Under Their Skin | Crocodile Skins & Theft in Australia

Desperate Times Call for Desperate Measures   Jack Brown owns a marsh-land property in Hotham, in the Northern Territory, and makes a living by selling Crocodile river tours on his propeller hover craft, with accommodation, and trapping and transporting bigger crocs for harvest on behalf […]
February 17, 2017

Workers’ Compensation Fraudsters Caught Red-Handed | Fraud Australia

A third party insurance company, and client of ours, KLC Insurance were recently alerted to a potential case of WorkCover fraud after a succession of dubious injury claims were made by a landscaping company based in Northern Hobart, Tasmania. In 2015, the company had filed […]
February 16, 2017

Welcoming Precise Investigation’s New Principal Consultant for Workplace Risk Investigations

Precise Investigation has done well to maintain an enviable reputation as one of Australia’s leading private investigation firms, for close to three decades, mainly as a result of employing only the most appropriate, experienced and efficient front and back-end staff, investigators and management. Over the […]
February 13, 2017

Love Knows No Bounds – Or Does it? | Infidelity and Relationships Australia

A Lover’s Travels Just a Front for Adultery? Surely Not… Infidelity investigations are the bread and butter of most private investigation agencies, not just in Australia, but across the world – there’s just something about love that causes people to grow so untrusting and jealous […]
February 9, 2017

Faking Family Ties | Identity Theft Australia

A Pleasant Surprise Turned Nasty Sisters, Gina and Adele Treje emigrated to Australia in 2001 after Gina managed to successfully grow her Talent Management agency in Spain. With the same ideas, connections and motivation, Gina set about making her life a success here too, quickly […]
February 6, 2017

Sometimes It’s Best to Leave it Be | Background Checks Australia

Why You Shouldn’t Be Too Quick To Judge a Person Christopher Murphy is a screenwriter from Perth, mostly known for his theatrical pieces and occasional collaborations with documentaries and historical productions for television. Now in his early sixties, Chris has seen his fair share of love […]
February 1, 2017

How to Listen | Life, Love and Careers Australia

There’s a Big Difference Between Hearing and Listening Precise Investigation prides itself on being able to identify essential pieces of information, from an array of media, in any day-to-day setting, and we’re able to do so because we know how to listen. While that might […]
January 31, 2017

Score Maximum Points with Precise Investigation | Competitions and Contests in Australia

How to Score Max Points in the Precise Investigation Competition The Precise Investigation to win a GoPro Hero 5 action camera is well under way, with four images already having been released for perusal and about 50 people playing across four social media channels! While […]
January 25, 2017

New Years’ Resolutions – Will You Fail? | Goals and Aspirations Australia

Statistics Suggest Your New Years’ Resolution May Have Failed Already Statistically speaking, and taking into account that those statistics are somewhat dated – it would seem that few people have put the effort in to make proper sense of the ol’ New Years’ Resolutions – […]
January 23, 2017

Australian Commerce Expects a $62 million hit on Friday | Employment and Careers

Australia Day to Cost Aussie Businesses more than $62 million With Australia Day (26th January) looming, employers around the country are growing anxious at the prospect that a number of their staff, contractors, associates, business partners and clients are going to temporarily disappear. Nope, they […]
January 20, 2017

The Precise Investigation Competition Leaderboard

Here it is, in all its glory! Well done to those of you that have scored points so far! For the full rules, terms and conditions and how to play, please have a look at our Competition Blog Post  
January 19, 2017

The Issues Surrounding Unpaid Labour in Australia | Employment and Careers

Unpaid Labour In Australia – Should Something Be Done? When I was a teenager, unpaid labour was something that people could expect to engage in if they had little or no education; if they were going into a job that required skills and training that […]
January 16, 2017

Stalker on the Prowl | Crime and Harassment Australia

Stalker Harasses Newly Weds as They Settle In On 14th November 2016, Justin Potter and Charlotte Gutridge were married after spending 7 years together, in a small catholic church just outside of Sydney’s lively CBD. The date was chosen to commemorate both of Charlotte’s grandparents, […]
January 11, 2017

A Fashionista’s Dream Turned Nightmare | Theft and Crime in Melbourne

Fashionista Makes a Fortune Online… Illegally Kimberley Simpson, a 26-year-old Sydney Sider with an eye for fashion set her sights on creating one of Australia’s top indie clothing lines, with the dream of seeing her label go global. In her late teens, Kimberley had already […]
January 9, 2017

What Happened Last Year? | Crime and Fraud Statistics Australia

Crime and Fraud in Australia Over 2016 With 2016 now well and truly behind us, we can look back and compare how we did, as a nation, in overcoming the ongoing struggle we face against economic crime, fraud and scams. Notoriously, the elderly tend to […]
January 4, 2017

Put Your Skills to The Test and Win a GoPro Hero 5 | Free Competition Australia

This year, Precise Investigation is doing something special; something a little different… something specifically aimed at our friends, fans and followers on Social Media, something to say thank you and Happy New Year! We’re holding a competition that begins this Friday (Friday 6th January 2017) […]
December 19, 2016

Christmas Gift Ideas from your Neighbourhood PI | Christmas & Holidays Australia

Last-minute Gift Ideas From Your Neighbourhood PI   As a family man, myself and with Christmas only a few days away, if you haven’t been able to find the perfect gift for your husband, uncle, brother, grandfather, best friend or male co-worker, I’m going to […]
December 12, 2016

There’s Something in The Basement | Insurance & Property Crime Australia

What Would Someone Do With an Illegal Basement? You might be asking yourself what an “illegal basement” actually is? Let’s find out: In 2007, Vinnie Ervin and his business partner, Stanley Kershaw, leased a small commercial property to front their first entrepreneurial venture; selling large […]
December 7, 2016

Is it Getting Harder to Start Small Businesses | Business & Commerce Australia

Is it Getting Harder to Start a Small Business? While Precise Investigation has been operating for nearly three decades, I have done my best to ensure that the company doesn’t grow beyond its means – taking on more customers than we can manage and ultimately […]
December 5, 2016

How to Protect Yourself from Christmas Scams | Scams and Fraud in Australia

How to Avoid Getting Scammed This Christmas As some of you will know, and hopefully more of you will come to learn as we get closer to this year’s festivities, Christmas isn’t only a season of love, sharing and giving, but it’s also the hottest […]
November 30, 2016

Are Professional Resume Services Unfair? | Jobs & Employment Australia

Do Professional Résumé Services Give Candidates an Unfair Advantage? Last week I had a young man contact me in regards to one of my field agent job postings. He was fresh out of the “academy” and was looking to get his foot in the door. […]
November 23, 2016

Should Infidelity Lead to Separation? | Love & Relationships Australia

Is Infidelity a Good Excuse to End the Relationship?   It might sound like a crazy question, and don’t get me wrong – if I had to come home one afternoon to find that my partner had been doing the dirty with someone else, I […]
November 21, 2016

Neighbourhood Watch Hires PI to Investigate Vandalism | Properties, Vandalism and Crime in Australia

Neighbourhood Watch Hires PI to Investigate Vandalism  As most of you are aware, vandalism is the act of causing purposeful damage to another person or company’s property. There is no “one shape fits all” reason for why people go about vandalising things; rage, envy, jealousy, […]
November 16, 2016

Are Urine Tests as Useful as They’re Made Out To Be? | Criminology & Toxicology Australia

Are Urine Tests as Useful as They Seem? Believe it or not, testing urine samples has been a practice since as long ago as 6,000BC, with Ancient Babylonian and Sumerian physicians inscribing their first evaluations of urine into clay tablets as early as 4,000BC. So, […]
November 7, 2016

Should Google Be Doing Something? | Fraud and Scams in Australia

Should Google Be Doing Something? This isn’t a blame game, but given that Australia is one of the World’s hottest spots for economic crime; with 32.3% of the $61 million stolen so far this year stemming from emails and a further 7.3% from general internet […]
November 2, 2016

The Dangers of Online Dating | Relationships Australia

The Dangers of Online Dating: Jonathan Snellings, AKA Jon-Jo, is a 44-year-old electrical engineer, who’s spent most of his career working in the Iron mines in Western Australia. Mr Snellings was married once before, from 1996 to 1998, when his then wife met another man […]
October 31, 2016

Halloween’s Killer Clowns | Facts about Halloween in Australia

The Halloween Crime Spike – What to expect in Australian this Halloween:   Tonight Australia is going to embrace an primeval celebration, most renowned in America, where houses are adorned with lights, creepy decorations, cobwebs and pumpkins and children of all ages dress in cute […]
October 26, 2016

The Real Effects of Grief | Missing Persons Australia

The Real Effects of Grief: I’ve been a private investigator for over thirty years now and, throughout my career, year in and year out, I’ve been approached by grieving mums and twisted dads, bent over the fact that they have no idea where their children […]
October 20, 2016

What A Surprise | Relationships Australia

What A Surprise: Carmel and Hugh Jones have been married for a year – they met when Hugh and his friends vacationed in Greece over a summer holiday two years earlier. On and off for the year leading up to their marriage, both admitted to […]
October 17, 2016

Qualifications Exist For A Reason | Background Checks Victoria

Qualifications Exist For A Reason: WARNING – THIS ARTICLE CONTAINS IMAGES THAT SOME READERS MAY FIND DISTURBING. DISCRETION IS ADVISED. Jonny Verazzo is a 29-year-old man from Italy who decided to emigrate to Australia to improve his quality of life, make more money for his […]
October 12, 2016

The Spies Among Us | Corporate Espionage Australia

The Spies Among Us: Now this is interesting! For the first time, Precise Investigation was brought into an investigation commissioned by the Managing Directors and CEOs of four companies, working together to overcome a serious case of corporate espionage. Over the last eight months, all […]
October 10, 2016

There’s Something In The Sushi | Drug Abuse Melbourne

There’s Something In The Sushi: Vanessa Redgrave owns a small business consultancy just outside Melbourne’s bustling CBD. She regularly works with other small businesses to help them improve their position in today’s turbulent online marketplace, and she’s been very successful to date. Earlier this year, […]
October 5, 2016

What If It Was You? | Missing Persons Australia

What If It Was You? Australia’s Missing Persons: Picture yourself on a Friday night; it’s been a long week, work’s been tough and now it’s your time to kick back with a few friends and enjoy that long-awaited weekend feeling. You throw back a shot […]
October 4, 2016

Crash Test Dummies | Car Insurance Fraud

Crash Test Dummies: Michael Turck is a 21-year-old psychology student with an affinity for speed – and his best friend, Ben Ülrich is much the same. Michael’s aunt passed away in early 2015 and left both him and his brother with a small inheritance, money […]
September 28, 2016

Made To Fight | Animal Abuse & Background Checks

Made To Fight: Tash Hunter owns two wildlife rehabilitation centres in Australia; one in Victoria and the other just a short trip from Hobart in Tasmania. Her sanctuary takes in sick, injured or discarded animals from the wild, the side of the road and from […]
September 21, 2016

Smoking Gun | Fake Products Sydney

Smoking Gun: James Wenju, a successful businessman originally from Japan, has been living in Australia for close to fifteen years, working for a reputable accounting firm here whilst maintaining three businesses overseas for additional income. On his 40th birthday, a dear friend of his, Ken […]
September 19, 2016

Ex’s Vigilance Really Pays Off | Relationship Issues Melbourne

Ex’s Vigilance Really Pays Off: Larisa Boumont was involved with a man, Bernard Lewis, for five years before she realised that he was becoming increasingly violent towards her. She originally speculated that it was all due to alcohol abuse, but as the time went by, […]
September 14, 2016

Sexually Transmitted Debt | Financial Issues Australia

Sexually Transmitted Debt It’s on thing to fall in love with a person, only to find out after a few months that they had a nasty biological surprise waiting for you under the bed sheets… a surprise that you’d then start learning about after realising […]
September 12, 2016

The Australian Tax Office and Scammers | Australian Tax Office Hobart

The Australian Tax Office and Scammers: I find myself here looking through my inbox to see that over the last month I have received various news bits from around Australia that are specific to scammers taking advantage of people by posing as the ATO. Surely […]
September 9, 2016

The Team

About Precise Investigation Precise Investigation has come a long way since its humble beginnings as an independent Private Investigation firm, based in Melbourne, Victoria. The company was established in 1987 to provide unparalleled private and commercial investigation services to Australian individuals and businesses in need […]
September 7, 2016

And So the Scams Continue | Fraud and Scams in Australia

And So the Scams Continue: Monday’s blog was the first we’d released in a few weeks and it’s shocking to find that since then, there have been over 40 different stories in the press about frauds being jailed, scams being undertaken and con-artists being freed […]
September 5, 2016

The Ultimate Matchmaker | Private Investigators Abroad

The Ultimate Matchmaker:   While not exactly the perfect definition for any private investigator, it would seem that our capacities in the field allow us the opportunity to delve into people’s lives and ultimately help them to better understand each other; particularly in moments of […]
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