Locating assets is the most crucial element of any liquidation enquiry or perfecting a judgement for debt.

Whilst the battle might be won in Court, clients want to know that their expenses will be more than covered by the bankruptcy sale or perfecting the judgement awarded in their favour.

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6 tips for lawyers requiring surveillance services.

Lawyers are aware that surveillance is the most effective tool to obtain information, confirm connections, develop new leads and collate evidence.

Surveillance can be either physical or technical and can be either static or mobile. The recent advances in camera miniaturization and wireless communications are unprecedented and provide many opportunities to monitor the activity a person or persons, a place or an object.

To ensure that you get the results you are paying for, consider these tips before engaging with a surveillance expert or service provider.


1. What is their background? Ideally, they do not come from a military or law enforcement background. Such experience encourages the use of multiple teams to follow the subject by foot, in vehicles or using drones. This is often overkill and very expensive in a commercial setting.


2. A one-person surveillance team is rarely effective because of events beyond their control. To follow someone in a car and then follow them on foot without a partner is fraught with the risk of compromise or the threat of a parking fine.


3. Surveillance operators must have the ability to become a ” grey” person and blend into the background. They must also be able to act, use their initiative and have advanced driving skills.

4. A surveillance operator needs to use a disguise to prevent the subject from identifying them early on. Apart from a simple change of clothes or shoes carried in a bag, an operator can change their shape and profile by: adding rigid foam pads to shoes to look taller; placing a half folded newspaper on each shoulder to make the waist look thinner; imitating stubble by rubbing burnt cork onto the face; or changing hair colour using talcum powder and cigarette ash.


5. If an observation post (OP) is necessary for a static observation position, black sheeting should be erected at an angle behind the operator in the room to prevent casual observation from passers-by outside the building.


6. Understand the difference between ” loose” and ” close” surveillance. Loose surveillance means that the subject can be under surveillance for short periods of time until regular patterns of behavior become known. Close surveillance means having the subject visible at all times to gather some basic information like home address, vehicles driven, employment and associates.


Visit our professional surveillance services for lawyers page, for more information and to get in-touch.

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If you thought that Africa was the “hopeless continent” think again. Since 2005, the continent has outpaced world growth since the start of the last commodity boom and is expected to grow faster than any regional country in the world.

Are you taking advantage of the continent’s vast naturally resources, substantial debt relief, improved economic management and increased private capital flows?

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Fraud in South Africa is active in many different businesses and industries. There have been countless reports from people in the general public and business partners that have been tricked into unforeseen scams across the country.

According to the South African crime website Report a crime.com, there are numerous entries every day from people and organisations reporting fraudulent crimes or kindly warning other people of criminals.

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According to Investing in Africa website, the World Bank released its latest Global Economic Prospects report in July 2014, suggesting that sub-Saharan Africa will once again be amongst the fastest growing regions in the world. According to the forecasts, seven Africa countries will particularly lead the group and each of them is expected to grow at a rate of 7% or more over the next three years.

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Backgrounds checks are slowly becoming more crucial in the workplaces and businesses across the world. Businesses and companies should continue to look for more ways to minimize risks by conducting background checks.

When a company’s Human Resources department is in the process of recruiting new employees it is crucial to do background checks on the potential future employees. Background checks are essential in the workforce in order to determine the credibility of the documents or previous experience of the applicants.

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Fraud in  Africa is constantly increasing amongst government officials. Former Northern Cape transport, safety and liaison MEC Patrick Mabilo is accused of fraud to do with credit card. The police opened an investigation regarding allegations concerning fraud in 2012.

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