Criminal Investigations & Modern Technology

The evolution of technology has seen a significant impact on the resourcefulness of criminals. Almost every sector – from education to shopping, from transportation to banking – has shifted to the digital world, owing to the far-reaching effects and advantages of technology. In such a fast-paced world, it’s vital that investigators buckle up and incorporate new tools and equipment, in order to keep up with these drastic technological advancements.

The current use of cutting-edge tracking systems, various AI software and technologies have already brought a remarkable change in the industry. It has allowed them to locate criminals, enhance client safety and ultimately change or and save numerous lives.

Let’s look at some of the most significant changes that technology has brought to the world of private investigation.

An upgrade from physical maps to GPS Mapping Systems:

In earlier times, investigators didn’t have the digital technology to find the locations. They had to use physical maps; and if that didn’t work, they’d get in touch with the police or the fire department in an attempt to find the location, using cross streets. All-in-all, it was a painfully slow process. The introduction of GPS on devices became a game-changer. With user-friendly interface and integration with search engines, GPS apps brought a whole lot of advantages for investigators.

Compact video cameras:

With time, cameras have become so small that they can be attached to a coat pocket, handbag or even a front pant pocket. They are incredibly lightweight and portable, making them more discreet and extremely easy to use, especially in public.

Detailed aerial maps:

Google Earth has allowed private investigators to view layouts of areas of any corner of the world, from anywhere. This helps investigators view all types of terrain and layouts, much in advance.

Extended recording devices:

Round the clock surveillance is a tedious task; not to mention it’s extremely expensive – making it tougher for many clients to afford. Here’s where recording devices come in handy. There are devices that have the capacity to record up to 200 hours straight if connected with a power source. This allows investigators to capture the activities of a particular location, without actually being present.

Social media:

Before social media took over, investigators had to scour through the internet, only to find limited amounts of information on their subjects. But now, investigators leverage social platforms such as Instagram, Twitter, Facebook, LinkedIn, etc. to gather information and photographs of their subjects.

We’ve come a really long way, thanks to all the advancements the world of technology has seen in the last 20 years, some of which have been mentioned above. It’s quite astonishing to see how it’s completely transformed the lives of PIs, right?

We, at GDA are highly skilled service providers, with specialisation in both personal as well as corporate investigations. We have been known to have adopted advanced technologies in our investigations for decades.

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