Festive Fling May Spell Trouble For Cheating Partners this Christmas

Award winning Senior Investigator, Maria Cooper, explains why Warwickshire Investigation Agency (WIA) approaches the Christmas party season on high alert.
By: Press officer, Warwickshire Investigation Agency
Dec. 9, 2009 - PRLog -- Warwickshire Investigation Agency’s team of specialist covert surveillance Investigators are set for another busy season as Christmas approaches. They will be out in force and undercover investigating complaints from the public that the police are neither willing nor interested in exploring - The Christmas epidemic of the cheating partner.

Maria explains, “The run up to Christmas is always a busy time for us. We know that statistics show a staggering 49% of partners admit to having or wanting to have sex with work colleagues at their Christmas office parties.” She continued “It’s the age old story where people try hard for most of the year to ignore office based attractions but with the introduction of alcohol and a relaxed party environment, common sense sometimes leaves the room”

WIA was founded in early 2008 by Maria Cooper, an ex-police officer and Royalty body guard of 20 years service. She explains, “In real terms we are fairly new to the industry of Private Investigation having been established for just under 2 years. What we bring to the industry however is a massive injection of surveillance based skills learned over the course of many years in specialist service within the Police Force.”

It was put to the former surveillance specialist that many people would regard spying on an individual as being straight forward task. Surely, its just a case of following and watching? Maria smiled, commenting ”yes of course we follow and watch, but it is a common misconception that the role is that simple. In fact, there is so much to learn about the art of becoming an effective surveillance officer that even those working within police surveillance squads who are doing it day in and day out are still learning and honing their craft with each week that passes.”

She continued  “ We have successfully transferred professional surveillance services into the public sector. We are being approached by more and more by  HR and internal investigation officers of medium to large size companies and organisations countrywide, requesting our covert surveillance teams to uncover sickness and injury frauds, fraudulent use of company assets and breaches of contract issues such as internal thefts or moonlighting by employees.” she continued “we are fortunate enough to have access to technical surveillance measures such as GPS trackers, and digital state of the art imagery in our covert vehicles which enables us to go about achieving our tasks undetected”

But it is the Christmas party season that is starting to impact on the surveillance market. Maria explains, “Dealing with matrimonial and cheating partner investigations accounts for a significant part of our covert surveillance case work. Many private clients, male and female, approach us for help in investigating alleged or suspected ‘affairs’. I don’t know if it is my background that singles Warwickshire Investigation Agency out or perhaps it is the fact that there are few fully trained female surveillance specialists within the industry, but we have experienced a significant rise in the volume of cheating partner enquiries over the past 6-8 months alone. She continues “unfortunately, the party season can be the starting point for many affairs. Somehow good reason and sound judgement can be lost by the most professional of individuals and once the affair has started it can be difficult to stop”

Maria went on to explain that private clients suspecting an affair are usually 95% sure that something is going amiss, “most clients are seeking that last 5% of evidence before confronting their partner or making any decisions on how they truly feel about the situation. They need an answer, yes or no to “are they having an affair?” and without exception, they are in need of sharing the burden and worry with someone independent and non judgmental. It is fundamental to me that we don’t just provide the photographic and written evidence that good surveillance will provide, morally I believe that we should also be providing support for the client where it is needed. This is the foundation upon which we base all of our investigations.”

I asked Maria if every cheating partner surveillance is the same or were some more difficult than others, she smiled again saying “every case is individual and presents its own challenges. We have followed the full spectrum of suspected cheaters, from lorry drivers through to Company Directors and even a Consultant Physician. Temptation presents itself to all of us at one time or another, it is simply a case of whether or not you take advantage or the situation and sadly it seems that so many people do.”

I wondered whether Maria has ever been shocked by her findings, she explained “No, not at all. It is important to keep an open mind and never to anticipate something in the surveillance world, as it will surely catch you out. If you are a professional you will simply plan and prepare prior to an operation and the successful execution of the op is dependent on good covert skills and flexibility to every given situation.”

Maria explained that she has witnessed many surprises during cheating partner investigations “sometimes we can begin a task with a clear brief from our client that he believes his wife is having an affair and he even suspects he knows who with. We gather relevant information on car details, descriptions and log the movements of the suspected parties which culminates in a covert surveillance operation. Last week we undertook one such case which revealed to us and the client that the wife was indeed having an affair but with another woman. Successful covert evidence was gathered of intimate behavior taking place in a local pub. Seemingly the landlady knew this affair had been taking place for sometime, the husband had no idea.”

Maria’s advice for the festive season is “you are the person who knows your partner best. If you believe that something is going on, odds on you may be right. There are recognised indicators such as changes in behavior, sudden interest in working late or attending work overnight conferences, being overly protective of a mobile phone or speaking far more than usual to supposed same sex work colleagues. Often John from work turns out to be Susan which he used to work with or vice versa. If you have your suspicions keep a diary of times, events etc and after a spell contact a professional investigator recognised for and professionally trained in covert surveillance. They should work with you to provide you with the answers that you seek.”

So, as the festive party season approaches, be warned all cheaters as you may be being watched. To risk a long standing relationship for a fleeting affair - are you crackers?

Further details in relation to WIA's specialist services can be found at their website:

If you would like to speak to Maria direct or any of our specialist investigators for free, no obligation advice, call 01789 770980 or make contact by clicking on the following highlighted link to be directed to WIA's Contact Us page

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Warwickshire Investigation Agency is a corporate and Private investigation specialist which serves the entire UK. Specialising in process sever. covert surveillance, GPS tracking and matrimonial/cheating partner investigations. WIA provides either female and male expert investigators to every case.
Source:Press officer, Warwickshire Investigation Agency
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Tags:Private Detective, Surveillance, Cheating Partner, Christmas, Affair, Cheat, Adultery, Gps Tracking, Office Party
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