Category: My Blog

What is a Polygraph?

And why I won’t use one Polygraphs, or lie detectors as they are more commonly known, are a staple in any spy movie or detective TV show. They even form a large part of ‘reality’ daytime tv, appearing regularly on programmes like The Jeremy Kyle Show (now axed) and similar talk shows. It makes some…
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How to Spot a Catfish

Although fairly commonplace online, the term ‘Catfish’ or ‘Catfishing’ has actually only been around for the past ten years. It originates from the same-named film and subsequent MTV docu-series, following the stories of people who meet online and form deep, meaningful connections, only to find that the other party isn’t who they are claiming to…
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From Agatha Christie to CSI…

From Agatha Christie to CSI, crime and investigation has formed the backbone of entertainment since the dawn of fiction. For many investigators like myself, our passion for the job started and grew from these kinds of stories and we are often compared to those on-screen characters the audience has grown to love (what a compliment!).…
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Business Safety During Covid-19

2020 has made us all rethink our working lives and the way we conduct our business day to day. Whole industries have needed to adapt dramatically, including redesigning workspaces, optimising their online presence/revenue and, perhaps most notably, enabling staff to work from home. And all these things require investment, such as new equipment and software,…
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Forensics and Private Investigation

Shakespeare once wrote ‘A fool thinks himself to be wise, but a wise man knows himself to be a fool’ and I definitely consider myself a fool! One of the things I love most about my job is that I am constantly learning new things. Most of the time this comes in the form of…
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Warning: Thieves Operate in this Season

In the UK, we are all familiar with the sign ‘WARNING: Thieves Operate in this Area’. You will find it in tourist hotspots, busy high streets or crowded car parks, but it could be hung almost anywhere. What do you do when you see this sign? I would wager my purse that most of us…
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Volunteer Services and Your Safety

The world we live in has changed a lot in the past months. While we have been physically distant, communities have come together to help their most vulnerable, celebrating the fact that we are all in this together even when we are apart. From community Facebook groups to national services, it has been humbling to…
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Coronavirus: The Digital Threat

At this point you are probably a little sick of (read: absolutely at your wits end with) reading about Covid-19. But while we are all stuck indoors, protecting the people and establishments we care about, it is important that we also remember to protect ourselves against the threats inside our own homes. It is a…
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Behaviour Red Flags

January is over, and you may find that a lot of people are just about ready to give up on their new year’s resolutions. Whether it was eating healthy, going to the gym, saving money or numerous other hopeful ideals, a New Year sees a host of ‘New Me’s’ as people adopt strange habits outside…
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Shopping Scams

Oh the weather outside it frightful Online shopping is so delightful And that’s when your guard is low Scammers know, scammers know, scammers know. Buying gifts for loved ones during the holiday season can be a huge source of anxiety and stress for many of us, particularly focusing on stretching finances and finding the time…
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