<![CDATA[GSL Associates-UK Private Investigators - Blog]]>Mon, 18 Dec 2017 08:18:44 +0000Weebly<![CDATA[A difficult trace]]>Fri, 19 Jun 2015 09:10:13 GMThttp://gslassociates.co.uk/1/post/2015/06/a-difficult-trace.htmlAt GSL we offer a ‘no trace, no fee’ guarantee for most of our missing persons cases. Often we are requested by solicitors and private clients alike to trace missing persons for all sorts of reasons – ranging from locating heirs to an estate to those simply wanting to find a dearly loved person who seems to have disappeared. However sometimes, tracing a missing person or unspecified individual is a lot trickier than it may appear on the surface.

One such case was that of an elderly lady who had died aged 93 intestate, who apparently had no surviving family. The solicitor looking after her estate came to us to see if we would be able to find out if, in fact, she did have any heirs. Her husband had died several years before, and as far as the care home was concerned, there were no known relatives. The lady had been in the home with dementia for a while, and when questioned the staff confirmed that she had never received a single visitor in all the time she had been there.

On starting the investigation at the first point of call, the date of birth and genealogy of the lady herself, we discovered that she had been born in the UK in the early 1920’s. We also found that her parents were from a small village just 8 miles from Dublin, but had a very common Irish name which of course widened the search further and did little to help us in our quest to find surviving members of her family – if they existed at all.

Her parents were married in the small village, moving to the UK the year after. They had one other child, a son born two years after their relocation, but he unfortunately died aged 4 in the late 1920’s. We then checked for other children from the marriage, but there weren’t any other than the lady herself and her brother who had died at such a tragically young age.

Coming to a dead end with this line of enquiry, we then had to research the family in Ireland in more depth and go through all family members in the Dublin records office.  Unfortunately, because they were born such a long time ago, most of the family members had also died or had emigrated to other countries.

After further research we eventually found family members who would have been cousins, nephews and nieces. A factor which further proved to be problematic was that unlike most families in Ireland, they were very few children to each marriage - and many had died young. Finally, we found one first cousin who had died 12 years ago - also in the UK – who crucially had one child. That child is now the only living heir and sole beneficiary to the estate of the lady who had died alone in the care home, who had been presumed to have no surviving family.

As you can see, on occasion tracing the heir to an estate isn’t quite as simple as you may think – especially in the absence of a will. Although records and consensuses are readily available, if that person is particularly old or has few family members apparent at their time of death, it can make for a lengthy and complicated search to find their surviving family. This particular case is one of the longest cases we have ever had when tracing someone - as it took us 6 months to complete.

Please keep following the blog for further case studies – and if you have somebody you wish to find then please contact us for details of our ‘no trace, no fee’ guarantee. 

<![CDATA[Awesome Trace Result]]>Wed, 01 Oct 2014 20:45:11 GMThttp://gslassociates.co.uk/1/post/2014/10/awesome-trace-result.htmlFind missing people

We were approached by a client who was born in 1973 and never had contact with his father. He was more a little curious to know about his lifestyle and get to know the father he had often wondered about.
The only information that he could provide us with was the approximate age of his father and an area that he knew he had lived in at the time of the clients birth in 1973.
The search began by locating the birth records and then other family members.
As we proceeded through the research it appeared that he had married and divorced several times.

We managed to locate the missing father living around 15 miles from where he was originally born and now living with his new partner, whom he had been with for many years. 
The difficulty with these cases is not knowing if the person that you are looking for really wants to be found, especially by a son he has never met.
After meeting the client and passing on the current address for his father, we went through the various scenarios of what the outcome could be once he decided to make contact.
The client and his wife decided to make contact directly, and met his father for the first time last weekend. I got an email from them immediately with the great news that his father was overjoyed, and had often thought of him. He then forwarded a photo of them together and not surprisingly they looked very similar, wit the same facial features.
It is such a pleasure to get these results for clients and then get to find out the result, I still get a buzz from this job even after all these years.
<![CDATA[When A Plan Comes Together]]>Thu, 25 Sep 2014 18:21:47 GMThttp://gslassociates.co.uk/1/post/2014/09/when-a-plan-comes-together.htmlCCTV camera

Don't you just love it when best laid plans come to fruition. Well, it doesn't happen often enough unfortunately.
However, after installing a CCTV camera system several weeks I got a call from the company. I was expecting them to say there had been a theft and we have caught the bad guys.
I didn't expect to get there and download the video recording to that an articulated lorry had reversed into their shutter doors.
It was all on film but the driver didn't see the camera in situ, or the shutter door.  He pulled forward after smashing the doors and stood at the side of his vehicle saying 'It wasn't me'. The footage was sent to his company and they have now admitted liability for the damage.

<![CDATA[Children's Orders]]>Sat, 20 Sep 2014 13:59:11 GMThttp://gslassociates.co.uk/1/post/2014/09/childrens-orders.htmlProcess Server
We are often asked to serve papers on the Respondent in a case where child custody issues are being fought over by one side or another.
This week was no different, other than the reaction from the children of the Respondent.
I served a Special Order on a gentleman whose children had been living with him for a few months and whom he had settled into a new school.

He wasn't happy to receive the order, firstly because it had been granted without his knowledge, and secondly because he told me the children didn't want to live with their mother.

The children then came to see who their father was speaking to, and then realised they had to go back and live with their mother until the next hearing, in 9 days time.
They were openly upset and a little distraught about having to move 50 miles away, back to the area where their mother lived. All three children cried and said they preferred to stay with their father and didn't want to live with their mother.
Unfortunately the Order issued had a Penal Notice attached, meaning that the father would be arrested, and face a possible prison sentence, if he decided to act against the conditions of the order.
It's not always pleasant but hopefully the Respondent took the advice and called a family lawyer to get his side of the case put forward. The shame is that people can't sort it out between themselves without making it difficult for the children as well. 
<![CDATA[Association of British Investigators]]>Fri, 12 Sep 2014 20:19:22 GMThttp://gslassociates.co.uk/1/post/2014/09/association-of-british-investigators.htmlABI logo
Great meeting today in Birmingham put on by the ABI. 
Some great speakers on Data Protection, deployment of Tracking units and future licensing.
It looks like the licensing and qualification process is moving forward and will be introduced within the next 12 months.

<![CDATA[This nail polish could help prevent date rape]]>Tue, 26 Aug 2014 12:16:02 GMThttp://gslassociates.co.uk/1/post/2014/08/this-nail-polish-could-help-prevent-date-rape.htmlNail Polish
Four men have teamed up to empower women to prevent sexual assault by giving them a way to detect date-rape drugs. Women will be able to wave over help before a sexual assault occurs when wearing this life- saving nail polish.

Students from North Carolina State University's Materials Science and Engineering department created "Undercover Colors" nail polish that changes colors when it comes in contact with the date-rape drugs Rohypnol, Xanax and GHB.

The men—Tyler Confrey-Maloney, Stephen Gray, Ankesh Mada and Tasso Von Windheim—have marketed the nail polish as "The First Fashion Company Empowering Women To Prevent Sexual Assault," by giving an easy way to detect the drugs and get themselves out of dangerous situations. A woman simply sticks her finger in her drink and stirs.

"While date rape drugs are often used to facilitate sexual assault, very little science exists for their detection. Our goal is to invent technologies that empower women to protect themselves from this heinous and quietly pervasive crime," the teamwrites on their Facebook. "If her nail polish changes color, she'll know that something is wrong."

The team was granted $11,250 from North Carolina State's Entrepreneurship Initiative that aims to develop solutions to "real world challenges." Undercover Colors was created because the men all personally know someone who was sexually assaulted. "We were thinking about big problems in our society, the topic of drug-facilitated sexual assault came up," Madan says. "...We began to focus on preventive solutions, especially those that could be integrated into products that women already use. And so the idea of creating a nail polish that detects date rape drugs was born."

Under the supervision of technical adviser, Dr. Nathaniel Finney from the NCSU Chemistry Department, the four men developed the prototype in lab space though the College of Veterinary Medicine, the only location in North Carolina where scientists can test these types of drugs.

The four men also received $100,000 from an investor who saw a demo of the nail polish during the K50 Startup Showcase. Still, Undercover Nails is still in the development stage, and is raising money through donations.

Hopefully, with the right funding, the new nail polish can help women gain control over potential harmful and life- threatening situations. A recent analysis found that in 2010, there were over 3,900 allegations of sexual assault on college campuses. In response, consumers have started seeing an increase in tech products that help combat sexual assualt. Kitestring, an app that makes sure women get home safely, is another product that is gaining popularity in its efforts to empower women with the right tools.© 2014 Tech Times, All rights reserved. 
<![CDATA[Drone Cameras]]>Thu, 24 Jul 2014 20:02:02 GMThttp://gslassociates.co.uk/1/post/2014/07/drone-cameras.htmlPicture
Private investigators are turning to the latest in technology — drones — to catch adulterers, insurance and workplace liars and even would-be child abusers.

“People want you to believe there’s all this negativity associated with drones, but they could be a very helpful tool,” said Olwyn Triggs, a private investigator for 23 years and the president of Professional Investigators Network Inc. in Glen Cove, Long Island, the New York Post reported.

Ms. Triggs told the New York Post that she recently used a drone to out a man who was accused of committing insurance fraud.

“He was supposedly fully disabled,” she said, the New York Post reported. “We knew he was active, but couldn’t prove it because of the layout of the property. I couldn’t risk being shot.”

So Ms. Triggs sent in the drone to snap photographs of him chopping wood.

The Federal Aviation Administration has not yet allowed drones to be legally flown for commercial use. But a federal judge dismissed a $10,000 fine against a person who flew a drone for business reasons just a couple months ago. Now, a lot of businesses are taking advantage and flying drones for commercial reasons anyway.

“A lot of PIs bought drones [after that ruling],” Ms. Triggs told the New York Post. “But before you use a drone, you’re calling everyone you know just to be sure.”

One of the most common uses of drones by private investigators: To catch spouses in the throes of infidelity.

One PI, Matthew Seifer, said he recently pretended to test-fly a drone in Central Park, while actually recording a husband who was in a passionate embrace with a woman who was not his wife.

“We had to get in and get out real quick,” Mr. Seifer said in the New York Post report. “We deployed a drone for eight minutes and got five minutes’ worth of box video. That was the closure our client was looking for.”

Read more: http://www.washingtontimes.com/news/2014/jul/14/private-investigators-turn-drones-catch-marital-ch/#ixzz38Pvc1pRF 
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<![CDATA[Child Rescue Alert]]>Mon, 30 Jun 2014 09:30:22 GMThttp://gslassociates.co.uk/1/post/2014/06/child-rescue-alert.htmlPicture

If your child went missing wouldn’t you want the world to stop and look for them? A Child Rescue Alert is activated when a child is known to have been abducted or their life is believed to be at immediate risk. Every second counts and your support is vital.

Visit the web page and register or down load the app and help find missing children quickly when they are taken.

Child Rescue Alert is the responsibility of CEOP, a command of the National Crime Agency (NCA).  It is managed in partnership with the charity, Missing People, which is responsible for its promotion and operation, and also with Groupcall which provides the subscription website and the underlying alerting software

CEOP is dedicated to eradicating the sexual abuse of children. It is part of the NCA, a crime-fighting agency with national and international reach, and the mandate and powers to work in partnership with other law enforcement organisations in cutting serious and organised crime.

The agency targets the criminals and groups posing the biggest risks to the UK, by conducting its own operations, providing operational and specialist support to its partners’ operations and providing clear national leadership which ensures that UK law enforcement makes the best use of its collective resources and targets them most effectively.

The NCA builds a single comprehensive picture of serious and organised crime affecting the UK, drawing on information and intelligence from a wide range of sources, which drives their own and their partners’ operating ability.If your child went missing wouldn't you want the world to stop and look for them? The charity Missing People exists to offer a lifeline when someone disappears. With the help of its publicity partners the charity searches for those who are missing and at risk, and provides specialised 24 hour support to help ease the heartache and confusion for families left behind.

To find out how you could help the charity reunite families visit: www.missingpeople.org.uk/donate   

Groupcall provides communication/data solutions to the education sector. Their award-winning parental communication system, Messenger is used in over 2,500 schools. Co-founded by Sir Bob Geldof, Groupcall’s product portfolio includes Messenger, Xporter, Alert and Emerge, the app enabling schools to have their MIS data instantly in the palm of their hand for access anytime, anywhere.

Groupcall have been selected to provide the automatic distribution system for the Child Rescue Alert in the UK. This will mean that when a child goes missing in the UK, anyone who has subscribed to the free service will be alerted, increasing the chances of a safe return of the child and/or the opportunity to identify and apprehend the perpetrator.

<![CDATA[Surveillance on the Tube]]>Tue, 24 Jun 2014 08:51:32 GMThttp://gslassociates.co.uk/1/post/2014/06/surveillance-on-the-tube.htmlPicture
Being from the North West and not being used to using the Underground in London it can be quite daunting for a infrequent traveller.

The surveillance subject was a small chinese male and I swear he walked faster than Usain Bolt runs. He was hopping on and off trains to get into the city centre and it was extremely difficult to follow him. The major problem was not being able to see him amongst the other passengers because he was only 5' 3" tall. If you have used the Underground Tube in rush hour you know that if you're not quick enough, you can't even get on the same train, let alone the same carriage. On that basis it is very difficult to see what station the subject gets off the train.

I took us three men and two attempts to get the details of where he was working and then follow up with the required surveillance. Once at street level and close to his offices, forget using a car. Everything in the city centre is on foot or in a taxi, making covert ops difficult on the street with very little cover. Thankfully we got a great result and yet another false claim denied.

<![CDATA[Hidden cameras in factory]]>Thu, 29 May 2014 13:16:42 GMThttp://gslassociates.co.uk/1/post/2014/05/hidden-cameras-in-factory.htmlHidden cameras

A client asked me recently to build a covert hidden camera to his own specifications. It had to slot into the racking inside a warehouse and be moveable so it could be used in various locations around factory warehouse. The other requirement was that it had to last for 13 hours and record to a built in DVR. The problem was there were several Wi-Fi zones and it couldn't always pick them up due to be encased in the steel racking. 

So I had to use a DVR that takes a 32Gb SD card and link the camera alongside it, all in one casing. The casing then had to sit inside a warehouse racking stanchion and the camera head needed to be adjustable to see through the holes in the racking.

We finally managed it and put it on trial, after a few adjustments to the camera head stability it worked perfectly and the head of security said "lets hope it works and catches them out".

He called me one week later and said that in the first 7 days they had caught 8 members of staff stealing small items and hiding them inside their clothing.

I love it when a plan comes to fruition and we catch out the bad guys. It makes everything all the more worthwhile and still puts a smile on my face.