The Neill Group (TNG) specialises in covert surveillance, intelligence gathering and undercover operations in Auckland, Hamilton, Wellington, Christchurch and throughout New Zealand.
Our team of licensed private investigators include surveillance experts with significant experience working in complex and sensitive environments. We are not only Wellington's leading private investigators, we are widely recognised as specialists in surveillance and undercover operations. Our credentials and experience is the envy of our competitors, we have been investigating personal, corporate and commercial matters since 1987.
Our surveillance team work in highly complex and sensitive environments. Surveillance is a powerful tool that is often used to support criminal, commercial and private investigations, including the investigation of infidelity (relationship dishonesty). It can also be used to obtain evidence for a criminal prosecution. Our experience has proven that crucial intelligence can be gained from a well managed surveillance operation with a clear goal and objective.
Covert surveillance is also used to obtain evidence, locate assets, identify people and to observe activities of an individual or group. Surveillance can be on foot, mobile in a motor vehicle or a more covert method. The type and location of assignments often dictates the most appropriate method of surveillance by a licensed private investigator.
Types of surveillance
Surveillance can prevent a crime, obtain evidence of a crime, or document an individual’s location. Sometimes it can contribute to attaining evidence of wrongful acts in a civil suit or to gathering intelligence for future action. Although the same techniques apply to a range of common private investigation assignments, technologies vary. Consequently, the implementation of each technique is unique based on the circumstances.
In the digital age, private investigators can leverage digital media to make their surveillance more thorough. Through social media and its GPS-based tagging, people often hand over evidence to private investigators without knowing it. Social media is a useful preliminary tool to study the subject’s habits and social circle. Social media and internet searches often produce intelligence to support a private investigation.
Visual observation is perhaps the most depicted component of private investigation. The convenience of digital formats is getting evidence in the hands of the client quickly. Eyewitness evidence does not provide physical evidence, but a clear picture will almost always stand up as evidence in court. A private investigator will use a smartphone and video cameras with zoom lenses to collect evidence on subjects (only in public areas unless for obtaining evidence for a criminal matter).
However, in public areas, it is possible to be compromised. So often private investigators will make use of micro-cameras and disguised as buttons. This allows a private investigator to effectively blend into the environment.
Audio monitoring is another crucial aspect of a surveillance investigation. There is no better evidence than a subject’s self-incrimination on record. Modern technology means a private investigator can easily conceal audio recording devices such as wireless body microphones.
Physical tracking of subjects is commonly used by private investigators to stake out and keep an eye on defaulters. It is easier to use a GPS tracker to follow a subject with a small magnetic tracker. However, GPS tracking is also frequently disallowed because of privacy and consent issues.
Are you worried about your child or young person?
The first step in helping your children is finding out the facts. We want to help your family, children and teenagers stay safe. If you are concerned about where your young people go and who their friends are, talk to us. Our surveillance operatives and private investigators can find out where your children go and who their friends are. We ensure your child's safety and welfare is a priority.