Why it’s not smart to do DIY surveillance

Sometimes it can seem like a good idea to investigate someone that you don’t trust. A potentially cheating partner, an unsavoury business partner or an out-of-control teenager. What’s the worst that could happen? Well, jail time, actually!

There are a number of things that can go wrong if you decide to do your own surveillance. The biggest one being; you could land yourself in some big trouble with the law! In order to follow someone, watch their movements and take footage of them, there’s one very important thing you need for your surveillance. Hint: it’s not a camera. Stalking laws in australia prohibit you from this kind of behaviour unless you have a licence to do so. Every private investigator has to have this, which is why you just can’t do it yourself!

Think of it this way… if you were being followed by someone, and they were taking pictures of you and watching your movements, you would want the law to be able to protect you from this stalking behaviour! Just because you have your reasons, it doesn’t change the fact that if you do it to someone else it’s still the same behaviour! A private detective, however, is a professional. They have years of training and all the necessary licences to engage in surveillance activities.

Another reason why you really don’t want to do your own surveillance is that you wouldn’t be allowed to use anything you found. If you find out your business partner is cheating you or stealing from you, you definitely can’t take this information to the police or any kind of authorities. This surveillance information would all be considered illegally obtained, and so you’ll have no usable proof for all your efforts!

If you need to investigate someone, a private investigator is the one who’s authorised to do it. They can investigate, follow and record anyone you’re looking in to, and likely get you more information than you could have yourself.

If you’re thinking about doing some surveillance, don’t put yourself at risk. Hire a licensed, experienced investigator. That way, you don’t break the law and put yourself at risk, and you can then legally use whatever information is found during the investigation. It’s a win-win!

The detectives here at Elite Investigations are ready to get you the information you need against someone you can no longer trust, while protecting you from any legal consequences. Our commitment to finding the truth, and providing you with evidence you can use, is our promise to you. If you think something is happening behind your back that you ought to know about it, give us a call on 1300 721 715 or email


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