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New Year New Gear!

The new year is upon us, and with that comes goals and resolutions. Now of course there are the classics, like fitness, reading more or maybe finding love. But what about being safer? 

Have you thought about making 2019 your safest year yet? 
Maybe you have and maybe you haven’t, but here at Down Under Investigations, we go further than the average Private Investigator. We believe in safety for you and your family, and although we can’t be there every night to make sure of this. But we can make sure your safer via some of the gear we supply.

Today we’re taking a look at the top three pieces of equipment to create a safer environment for you and your family. So, without further ado, let’s dive in!

1. Dummy Security Camera.

Dummy Security Cameras are easy to install, battery operated and have a motion sensor that gives the impression of a real security camera. The essence of a dummy security camera is that it’s a repellant rather than a deterrent. However, we believe that it’s a great tool in creating a safer environment for you and your loved ones. 

2. GPS Vehicle Tracker.

Maybe you rent cars. Maybe you’re a Tessie who stores thousands of dollars worth of tools in your Ute. Or, maybe you own multiple cars and have lent one to a mate. 

Owning a GPS tracker (or one for each vehicle) could be the difference in losing thousands of dollars after a theft. Car thefts happen more than you think, and recovering them is even harder. But with a GPS tracker, you might save yourself the struggle and financial strain. 

It’s definitely a must have for your 2019 safety goals.

3. Hidden Camera Alarm Clock.

It’s subtle yet affective. It has a motion sensor camera and is perfect for the bedroom. It also works perfectly as an alarm clock so will be unsuspecting to those who enter the room. Many unsuspecting people can enter your bedroom like thieves, but more often than not they can be suspected, such as cheaters, nanny’s and not so friendly ‘friends’ etc. But with this, you’ll be able to view all movements that were made in your bedroom without you knowing. So if you’ve had a suspicious 2018, then 2019 needs to be a year where you clear the air and make safety your priority. 

We want your 2019 to be your safest year yet for you and your family. All of these products and more can be purchased on our online store, but if there’s anything we can do to help, don’t hesitate to contact us for more details. 

Ryan Lim
Why GPS Trackers Are More Important Than You Think

Let’s be real. We’ve all seen enough movies and TV shows to know what a GPS tracker is, and we all know what they do.

They’re small devices that can reveal the exact location of the objects they’re attached to. And sometimes (like in the spy movies you’ve seen them in) they’re sneakily placed on others, or sometimes they’re used to track the bad guys! 

And because of this, often we think to ourselves ‘why would I need something like that in my life? Isn’t it only in the movies?’.

It’s definitely not just for the movies.

Now you may not be trying to locate your arch nemesis who’s taking over the world. And your last name may not be Bond. But GPS trackers can definitely come in handy, especially vehicle trackers, which is what we’ll be talking about today. 

Vehicle trackers trackers are not only magnetic and easy to install, but they’re incredibly useful. 

The first reason why you might need a vehicle tracker is for an unfaithful partner.

Say your partner has suddenly started going for long drives. The drives are at strange hours and are completely out of the ordinary. You can attach one to your or their car subtly and track they’re car movements.

Not only can you track where they’ve been, but you can track where they are. Live. They are often linked to a website or app where you can see they’re movements in real time. This means that if their just popping down to Coles, or going to a random address, you’ll know. 

The second reason is due to car theft.

Whether you own cars, rent cars or have lent yours to a mate, you can never be too careful. 

Did you know that according to Budget Direct, 52,858 cars were stolen in Australia in 2017? 

That’s one car every ten minutes. Not only that, but 1 in 5 were never recovered, and 53% of motorcycles were never recovered. Often we think it’ll never happen to us, but with numbers like that, it’s way more likely than your think. 

Imagine how many vehicles and motorcycles could have been recovered if they’d used a GPS tracker? 

You might think that they’re too far fetched or that you can’t afford one. However the statistics are there, and you might not be able to afford not to. However, as we’ve stated before, these should not and cannot be used for stalking. That is illegal, and is not the purpose of GPS trackers. Another thing to keep in mind is that it is legal to put a GPS tracker on your car, but not on other cars that you do not own.

GPS trackers can be purchased from our online store, so make sure you get one soon before it’s too late.

Ryan Lim
Potential Mental Signs A Spouse May Be Cheating

There are many physical signs a partner is cheating, including random and new smells on clothes and flesh, rapid change in work hours and extra activities, hours unaccounted for, sudden desire to hide phone messages and social media accounts etc... and we have discussed these and many more in our previous blogs and podcasts. However, this blog will focus on the mental signs you may notice which are signs pointing to a potential cheating spouse. 

1- A lack of passion. 

Your spouse seems bored with you, bored with their job, bored with the kids, bored with once enthralling hobbies, and bored with their life in general. When passion shifts towards another person, everything else can appear dull and boring. This new sense of boredom could be the direct result of passion for someone else and a wanting to be out of the current situation. 

2- Erratic behaviour

A sudden urge to seek danger and excitement. 

You may notice your spouse seems to want to experience danger or make risky decisions in their life. This may include reckless behaviour, aggressive language.

3- Sudden lack of sexual intimacy or desire.

You may sense a dramatic decline in intimacy and connection in your relationship. This can happen when the fires of sexual desire are being stoked somewhere else. 

4- Sudden increase in sexual intimacy and desire

You feel strong and sudden changes by your spouse in your sex life together. A dramatic increase, sexual action and attraction. This will often come as a result of guilt by your spouse and expresses itself in giving you extra attention and attempts at satisfaction.

5- A change in bedroom behaviour.

You may notice your spouse bring new things into the bedroom that were never there before. Whether that be bringing in toys/positions/other people/fantasies. 

6- Self-doubt and depression.

You may see your spouse express feelings of self-doubt and exhibit low self-esteem. This can be due to the shifting mindset of your spouse and their desire to actually admit what is going on behind the scenes.

7- Lack of ownership of your relationship.

You notice your spouse doesn't express any jealousy regarding who you spend your time with, and a general lack of care about how you spend your time. They aren’t caring about your relationship or their role in keeping a relationship healthy.

8- Confusing conversation and behaviour.

Often, a mental sign of a potential cheater could be that you may notice your spouse has a sense of confusion and delusion about themselves. They change their mind about what they are thinking, feeling, who they have been with and where they have been and gone.

9- Distraction.

Your spouse may seem constantly or easily distracted and unable to focus. They may be unable to sit and have simple conversations with, be fidgety and dart from one thing to the next without going too deep. This may be because they want to keep things shallow, and any depth in conversation they feel will reveal the truth about what they are up to and their cheating ways.

Of course these mental behaviours could simply be triggered by other factors like stress, grief, tiredness, hormones. But a combination of these mental behaviours could also point to a potential cheating partner. Remember, it’s not worth making any drastic decisions or accusations until you have ultimate truth of a betrayal by a spouse. We can definitely assist in obtaining evidence which cannot be denied or explained away, giving you total peace of mind. 

Contact us if you’d like to discuss further.

Ryan Lim
Physical signs a partner may be cheating.

We’ve already looked at the mental signs, so now lets delve into the physical signs and behaviours. 

Before we begin, the purpose of this is not to create paranoia or mistrust in your relationship. We want to help those who may already have suspicions be able to identify the signs and behaviours that could reveal an unfaithful partner. Remember that these signs are not certainties of a cheaters behaviour, but a high number of the following is a big revealer of what could be going on behind closed doors. 

When we discuss the physical signs and behaviours of a potential cheating partner, we look at it in terms of our 5 senses. 

Look, hear, taste, touch and smell. 

1 - Look. 

What do you see that’s changing. Has your partner being making drastic changes to their appearance? Maybe a sudden interest in the gym and fitness? A change in fashion sense and their image? Do you see a sudden obsession with their appearance?New circle of friends that they won’t let you meet? Do you see their routine change with time unaccounted for, like leaving earlier for work or coming home later? Suspicious hiding of their mobile phone or social media accounts?

Taking a few moments to step back and have a good look at your partner can reveal so much. 

2 - Hear 

What do you hear coming from your partner? Has their language changed? Do they confide in you as they always have or do they seem distant? Do they shut down certain topics of conversation? Do their eyes light up when certain friends are mentioned, or do they avoid talking about certain people and places? Do they appear to have long conversations, or streams of text messages with people unknown to you? Do they suddenly argue with you over things that previously didn’t matter?

Listen to what your partner IS saying and also what they are NOT saying. This can reveal so much. 

3 - Taste. 

Taste is about the mouth. Does your partner still kiss you the same? What do they taste like? Has the taste changed? Do you taste sweetness where there used to be none? Maybe you suddenly taste coffee on their lips when they have always hated coffee. Do you taste lip gloss or other substances when you kiss? Have their eating habits changed dramatically? Maybe your partner has a sudden obsession with keeping their teeth cleaned and mouth-washed. 

4 - Touch

Has your partners touch and physicality towards you become dramatically warm or dramatically cold? A cheating partner could behave towards you in either of those two way. They may have a sudden urge to increase bedroom activity with you as a result of guilt and shame. Or, they may get colder and colder towards you as their fires are stoked by someone else. 

Part of the change in physical behaviour and intimacy may come as the partner is introduced to new methods and fantasies by the one they are cheating with. This may bring a sudden change in your experiences with your partner behind closed doors. 

There is a lot that can be identified from the way a partner touches or stops touching you. 

5 - Smell

One of the most common ways a cheating partner is identified is simply by change or addition in their smell. Fragrances, whether pleasant or unpleasant are so hard to hide. Perfumes and after shaves, cosmetics, cigarettes, sweat, food and beverages all leave a smell on a person. When a person gets close to another, there is always an exchange of odour. It stays on skin, hair, clothes, car seats etc. 

Maybe your partner rushes to the shower before saying hello when arriving home? Have they started to do their own washing? Do they come home from being out for hours smelling fresh and clean? Hiding odour can be as much a sign as a new odour carried by your partner. 

So when you look at these five areas, do you feel two or three are not lining up? Is there dramatic change in anything you see, hear, taste, touch or smell?
And just a word of advice, don’t accuse too quickly. Get plenty of evidence first. Be careful who you confide in also, as they may be the one to tip off your cheating partner. 

We offer some great services which may assist you to obtain the truth about a partners behaviour. We can obtain evidence, including surveillance, background and social media checks, documents, photographs, video footage. These services are always highly discrete and professional. Costs are not as expensive as you may think. Contact us to find out more. 

Ryan Lim
How we can help Locate Those who are Missing

Here at Down Under Investigations, have a big passion for locating missing people. 

In fact it’s more than big.
You may have noticed that every week we highlight a missing person to our followers in the hope that through our social media we can assist people in locating others. But why do we do this? For the likes? For the followers? 

Absolutely not. 

We do it because these people need to be found.
We do it because there are families without loved ones.
Social Media is a great tool in getting awareness, and for us to highlight people that are missing is another platform for people to be recognised, and then hopefully be found. 
The Australian Federal Police have over the past done an exceptional job at locating and searching for missing persons, however, there is more that we can do. 

Which is why, here at Down Under Investigations we want to tell your stories.
There’s only so much that can fit into a missing persons description, which is why we’re opening it up to you. 

Do you, or anyone you know, have a loved one that is a missing person? 

Or do you or anyone you know know of someone who was a missing person but has since been found? 

We want to tell your stories. We want to use our blogs, our podcast and our social media and further assist you in locating your loved ones. Maybe it’ll be more information about the missing person, or how you came to be found. Either way we want to help.
So if you, or anyone you know is interested in this, head to our website and get in contact with us, because we want to help. 

Ryan Lim
How Social Media changed Surveillance 

Social Media changed a lot of things. In fact over the last 10 years, social media changed the way most of us do life.
I mean let’s be real, the only reason you know about this blog is because of social media. It can be an amazing tool, or a devastating stumbling block, depending on how you use it.
For this reason and for many years, there were many sceptics about Facebook and Instagram, thinking that it would reveal too much. That it would be an invasion of Privacy. Whereas others steered into the skid. In fact, Statista estimates that there will be 2.77 billion people on Facebook by the time the new year rolls on. And considering that there’s currently 2.64, that’s a big jump.
However, putting the statistics aside. Let’s talk about how it changed surveillance. 

Since the birth of Facebook and Instagram (not so much other forms of social media like Twitter and LinkedIn due to the prominence of photos and location services), people have blasted the online world with images, videos and status’ from their life. So as Private Investigators, we chose to use this (social media) to our advantage. 

You’d be surprised how many people who are not wanting to be found check in to locations, take photos of where they are and/or update their status on their current location. 

Or maybe you wouldn’t. Let’s think about this.

When was the last time you put up a photo on Instagram in which a viewer could easily identify your location?
When was the last time you checked in to a location? 
When was the last time you updated your status, revealing where you are?

We do it because it’s the new norm. It’s now a common thing to do, even for people who are wanting to fly under the radar. It’s interesting how much can be found online with a simple Facebook or Instagram search. Social Media changed the way Private Investigators, and even the way that police survey others. Because often we don’t have to look far for evidence or for locations.
Surveillance has changed since social media, because a lot of information is given to us on a silver platter after merely clicking a few buttons. 

So, be careful what you post about, because it could be detrimental. 
Like we said, it can be a tool for some, and a stumbling block for others. The choice is up to you. 

Ryan Lim
Process Serving and why it requires Experience

Here at Down Under Investigations, process serving is a large portion of what we do. However, before we get into why you need someone who’s experienced in the field to do it, let’s go back to basics and tell you what process serving, or Service of Process, actually is. 

You’ve probably watched some movies or TV shows in which a lawyer or private investigator will say to someone, ‘you’ve just been served’ and then proceeds to hand them some paper or documents. 

You’ve seen it? Good. Let’s dissect it a little.

What’s happening is that a party to a lawsuit (the lawyer or private investigator) gives the legal notice to a person or defendant (the person receiving the documents) of a court or administrative body's exercise of its jurisdiction. This informs the person or defendant that they are required in court for a certain reason or potential offence and then gives the defendant the appropriate time to prepare as they now know they’re required in court. 

This can occur if you’re suing someone, filing for divorce, need a restraining order or for any other type of lawsuit. And from just looking at these examples, you need to assume that very few people receive papers in good situations, which is why when you get someone to process serve, they need to be experienced.

Ever heard the saying ‘don’t shoot the messenger’? Well, thankfully we’ve never been shot, but we’ve had some interesting encounters. Although in the movies and TV shows you watch it can seem pretty civilised and tame, it can often be quite the opposite. Some have thrown them in our face or scrunched them up, and some have even made threats. You have to remember that this is the first time they’re finding out they’re required in court, and they’re first reaction, from experience, usually isn’t joy. It’s anger and frustration and a LOT of cursing.

Remember, we’re not just handing papers to someone, because to the individual, the papers represent so much more. It can mean losing their wife or husband, or it can mean financial deficit and we need to be able to deal with whatever reaction comes our way. This comes from lots of training and experience. 

If you don’t know how to react from experience and haven’t been trained how to deal with these situations, it could be game over. 
So before you get you get your papers served, speak with your P.I. and ensure they’re experienced in this particular field, because many private investigators are great at surveilling from afar, but not all have the experience and training to deal with these very real life situations. 
At Down Under Investigations, we’re prepared for everything, and pride ourselves on our level of experience in regards to process serving. So if you’re in need of this service, or have any questions, don’t hesitate to contact us, because we’re happy always happy to help.

Ryan Lim
The Top 7 Places to Hide your Mini DVC

Before you hide your Mini DVC, you should probably know what it is…
A Mini DVC is a miniature digital video camera, that can record video, take pictures and has a motion detection as well as a High quality image definition. It’s portable, easy to hold / hide  and comes in a range of colours (blue/red/black). 

They’re one of the best ways to discretely film suspected cheaters, nanny’s and can track potential burglars who enter your house.
But, where are the best places to hide them? Glad you asked!

1. Book shelves.
Book shelves are great hiding place for a hidden camera, as very few people are likely to steal them, nor pay great attention to your reading choices…
2. Open Pantries.
Wanting to see who’s pinching the cookies?? Maybe chuck a camera between some boxes of sultanas. If they’re going for the cookies, they definitely won’t be looking for the sultanas!

3. In Dirty or Clean Laundry.
If they’re cheating, they’re not going to be looking through your dirty jocks.

4. Amongst multiple photo frames. 
If you keep a fair few family photos lying around, place one discreetly amongst them. Most burglars don’t want to see your trip to Hawaii.

5. In the fruit bowl.
A red camera won’t be noticed immediately amongst 8 or so red apples.

6. Indoor Plants and Flowers.
Just don’t forget to take them out before you water them…

7.  Amongst a messy desk.
When surrounded by laptops, chargers, cables and lots of specifically placed paper. A camera, or more so a hidden camera, will look far less conspicuous.

These places are all case dependant, and are merely recommendations and need to be done carefully and MUST be well thought out.
You always need to think about it from the perspective of the person you’re wanting to catch. But, more often than not, we recommend you leave that to the experts. Us.
Either way, we can help. If you’d like to purchase a mini DVC, you can do so from our store. However, if you’d like to use our investigative services, feel free to contact us to see how we can help. 

Ryan Lim
Potential Mental Signs A Spouse May Be Cheating

There are many physical signs a partner is cheating, including random and new smells on clothes and flesh, rapid change in work hours and extra activities, hours unaccounted for, sudden desire to hide phone messages and social media accounts etc... and we will discuss these and many more in upcoming blogs and podcasts. 

This blog post will focus on the mental signs you may notice which are signs pointing to a potential cheating spouse. 

1. A lack of passion. Your spouse seems bored with you, bored with their job, bored with the kids, bored with once enthralling hobbies, and bored with their life in general. 

2. A sudden urge to seek danger and excitement. You may notice your spouse seems to want to experience danger or make risky decisions in their life.

3. You may sense a dramatic decline in intimacy and connection in your relationship.

4. You feel strong and sudden changes by your spouse in your sex life together. Either a dramatic increase, but more likely a dramatic decrease in sexual action and attraction.

5. You may notice your spouse bring in new things into the bedroom that were never there before. Whether that be bringing in toys/positions/other people/fantasies. 

6. You may see your spouse express feelings of self-doubt and exhibit low self-esteem.

7. You notice your spouse doesn't express any jealousy regarding who you spend your time with, and a general lack of care about how you spend your time.

8. Often, you may notice your spouse has a sense of confusion and delusion about themselves.

9. Your spouse may seem constantly or easily distracted and unable to focus. 

Of course these mental behaviours could simply be triggered by other factors like stress, grief, tiredness, hormones. But a combination of these mental behaviours could also point to a potential cheating partner. 
Remember, it’s not worth making any drastic decisions or accusations until you have ultimate truth of a betrayal by a spouse. We can definitely assist in obtaining evidence which cannot be denied or explained away, giving you total peace of mind. 

Contact us if you’d like to discuss further. 

Ryan Lim
Infidelity - why ignorance isn’t bliss.

A fair portion of our work at Down Under Investigations is looking into suspected cheaters and adulterers. Often it starts with your partners change in habits. Suddenly they’re going to the gym a lot more, or are going for more walks, or are getting home from work a little later than usual on a regular basis. Whether it’s fake business trips or golf trips, we’ve heard them all. 

Now, in some cases it’s purely paranoia. And your partner really is away on that business trip. But sometimes they’re not. In fact, a lot of the time they’re not. The following statistics were done by Trustify in 2017, and reveal some pretty interesting stuff:

  •  In over 1/3 of marriages, one or both partners admit to cheating.

  •  22% of men say that they've cheated on their significant other.

  • 14% of women admit to cheating on their significant other.

  • 36% of men and women admit to having an affair with a coworker.

  • 17% of men and women admit to having an affair with a sister-in-law or brother-in-law.

  • People who have cheated before are 350% more likely to cheat again.

  • Affairs are most likely to occur two years into a marriage.

  • 35% of men and women admit to cheating while on a business trip.

  • 9% of men admit they might have an affair to get back at a spouse.

  • 14% of women admit they might have an affair to get back at a spouse.

  • 10% of affairs begin online.

  • 40% of the time online affairs turn into real life affairs. 

Do we tell you this to scare you? Of course not. But often it’s a reality that we don’t want to face. Often we don’t want to believe that our spouse, who is often the mother/father of your children, is being unfaithful. 

In the past we’ve seen situations where we’ve identified a cheater and the spouse is aware, but doesn’t want to do anything about it because it’s easier to pretend it never happened. And that’s ok. We’ve not been there for the other days where your spouse has been there and been faithful. 

But often that’s because we don’t want to accept what’s on the other side of our decision to bring it up with your partner.

It’s going to be hard. We don’t doubt that for a second. But on the other side is a life filled with the truth. And that’s a life that you deserve, and it’s a life that your kids deserve. 
If you’re suspicious about a partner or spouse, our services are discreet and accurate, and we’re here to help. But after the information is in your hands, it’s on you. 

Ryan Lim