PROFESSIONAL INVESTIGATIVE
SERVICES

 

 Murder/Kidnapping Investigations  Personal Injury Investigations
 General Criminal Investigations  Workers Compensations Investigations
 Missing Persons Investigations  Surveillance Investigations
 Arson Investigations  Asset Investigations
 Background Investigations  Undercover Investigations
 Pre-Employment Investigations  Counter-Surveillance Investigations
 Domestic Investigations  Polygraph Investigations
 Corporate Investigations  Trial Preparations
 Insurance Investigations  Photography
 Accident Reconstruction Investigations  SEMINARS
 Corporate Acquisition Investigations  


 

 

ACCIDENT RECONSTRUCTION INVESTIGATION

 

Accidents happen so quickly that individuals can rarely be relied upon to know exactly what happened and how. Fortunately, William C. Dear & Associates is able to employ techniques such as the following to better determine the course of an accident:

 

· Photographing scene, including aerial photography
· Taking measurements and preparing scale drawings
· Analyzing scene
· Collecting and processing physical evidence
· Obtaining incident/accident reports
· Locating and interviewing witnesses
· Obtaining statements
· Recreating the exact spot, place and participants
· Reenacting the incident and making a video record
· Analyzing data

 

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ARSON INVESTIGATIONS

 

In addition to the experience of our own staff in conducting arson investigations, William C. Dear & Associates, Inc. offers the highly specialized expertise of qualified consultants in this field. Following are some of the steps that may be involved:

 

· Photographing scene
· Collecting physical evidence and taking samples
· Preserving samples for lab evaluation
· Obtaining incident reports
· Interviews with neighborhood residents and attempt to determine motive
· Location of witnesses and victims
· Interviews with witnesses and victims, and obtaining statements
· Financial check on victims, uncovering any financial problems
· Records check on victims for past claims and settlements
· Interviews with police and firefighters
· Obtaining statements
· Coordinating efforts with authorities

 

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ASSET INVESTIGATIONS

 

Due to a large number of bankruptcies and business failures, there is a growing tendency for assets to be sidetracked and not divulged in a court of law. A thorough private investigation is often necessary to locate assets for a true picture of someone's wealth or ability to pay.

 

When there is a need to obtain information about an individual's financial situation, William C. Dear & Associates has the requisite expertise and sources to locate all pertinent facts. Following are some of the procedures involved:

 

· Records check

- Assumed name
- Judgments
- UCC financial statements
- City and county tax records
- Bankruptcy court
- Real property deed records
- Divorce records
- Occupational license

· Surveillance for bank used
· Accessing financial information sources
· Accessing other data information sources

 

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BACKGROUND INVESTIGATIONS

 

In addition to the more traditional reasons for requesting a background check, potential spouses, and even their parents, now frequently rely on William C. Dear & Associates to provide pre-marriage investigations. In researching an individual's past, we thoroughly and methodically explors numerous sources of information. The following represent some of the steps typical to most investigations:

 

· Verification of employment history
· Military service record check
· Interviews with employers, coworkers, friends, neighbors, relatives, ex-spouses and ex-lovers, ex-employers and past coworkers
· Drivers license record check
· Courthouse records check-civil and criminal, local and federal
· Medical records check
· Surveillance

 

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CORPORATE ACQUISITION INVESTIGATIONS

 

Any major investment merits a thorough investigation of all aspects of the transaction. The professionals at William C Dear & Associates are well qualified to handle this task for you, by undertaking such steps as the following:

 

· Background investigation on seller
· Asset location and verification
· Civil and criminal records check
· Interviews with management/partners, labor/unions, suppliers, customers and competitors
· Security survey of physical plant
· Consultation on security management plan
· Consultation on personnel management plan
· Consultation on loss prevention plan
· Interviews with former employees and/or partners
· Use of undercover operatives

 

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COUNTER-SURVEILLANCE (ELECTRONIC)

 

William C Dear & Associates is equipped with an arsenal of the most sophisticated equipment, and a staff well trained in its use, to assist you in your counter-electronic surveillance objectives. Following are some of the services we offer in this area:

 

· Physical search for remote transmitters, telephone lines, equipment and attic recorders
· Electronic sweep for remote transmitters and telephone lines and equipment
· Providing remote transmitter detectors to ensure the utmost security by locating any surreptitious listening devices or tape recorders brought to a confidential business meeting
· Surveillance of premises for persons receiving transmissions
· Consultation with client on such counter measures as white sound, fluorescent fixtures, back-ground music and conversations, and avoidance of laser sensitive locations
· Acquisition of wall socket-mounted line generators

 

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CORPORATE INVESTIGATIONS

 

Many firms have a need for extra security measures or the protection of sensitive information. William C. Dear & Associates, Inc. offers a wide range of services to meet these particular needs, including:

 

· Employee pre-employment background checks
· Undercover investigation
· Security management/physical security
· Loss prevention
· Background checks on sensitive employees, key men and new partners
· Truck surveillance
· Closed circuit television surveillance
· Physical plant surveillance
· Theft investigation
· Employee fraternization investigation
· Employee conduct investigation, including drug/alcohol usage

 

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INSURANCE INVESTIGATIONS

 

Rising insurance costs have made it more important than ever to ascertain that a claim is legitimate, especially given the skill and creativity of those inclined toward deception. Often an expert private investigation is the only sure way to uncover such illegal activities as claims for nonexistent property, staged burglaries, duplicate coverage, fine art fraud and personal injury fraud.

William C. Dear & Associates is well qualified to provide this service for you, and will pursue many of the following steps in order to arrive at the truth:

 

· Records check for past suits in court
· Neigborhood canvass
·
Activity checks
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Surveillance, including video/still photography
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Location of witnesses
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Taking statements
· Accessing information services for past Workers Compensation claims
· Verification of past Workers Compensation claims and settlements
· Drivers license record checks
· M.V.R. identification

 

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MURDER/KIDNAPPING INVESTIGATIONS

 

William C. Dear & Associates is particularly well equipped to handle the scope and significance of murder and kidnapping investigations. Our intensive efforts have often led to a change of verdict to murder, where less thorough investigations by authorities listed deaths as suicide.

A soon-to-be-released documentary on William C. Dear depicts Dear as the leading investigator in the world on solving murder cases. He has been and still is involved in some of the top murder-kidnap cases around the country. Some of the most significant testaments to his skills include:

 

Dear was inducted into the Police Officers Hall of Fame as a private investigator in 1988 for solving the Milo Murder out of Akron, Ohio. His efforts resulted in the largest number of individuals arrested and convicted (eleven) in a single murder case in United States history.

Dear was made the godfather of Cherri Anne Kenedy after playing an instrumental role in solving her kidnapping by a lady posing as a nurse.

Recently Dear was responsible for the return of Gweniver Burke-who had been kidnapped by her father.

 

Our infinitely exhaustive search for a solution entails such steps as the following:

· Photographing scene
· Collecting and analyzing physical evidence
· Preparing incident report
· Interviews with friends, foes, family and witnesses
· Taking statements to determine routine, behavior and habits
· Distribution of photographs and posters
· Solicitation of media assistance, with offer of cash reward
· Coordinating investigation with authorities and encouraging cooperation
· Conducting searches and following up on leads
· Generating publicity, including television and newspaper coverage
· Participation in crimestopper reports

 

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GENERAL CRIMINAL INVESTIGATIONS

 

Each one of the investigators at William C. Dear & Associates is trained to handle criminal cases other than major homicides and kidnappings. Our broad areas of expertise include drug investigations, assaults, rape, burglary, real estate fraud and embezzlement. In every case, we initiate and successfully follow through on a thorough investigation which includes such steps as the following:

 

· Photographing scene
· Collecting and analyzing physical evidence
· Preparing incident report
· Interviews with friends, foes, family and witnesses
· Taking statements to determine routine, behavior and habits
· Distribution of photographs and posters
· Solicitation of media assistance, with offer of cash reward
· Coordinating investigation with authorities and encouraging cooperation
· Conducting searches and following up on leads
· Generating publicity, including television and newspaper coverage
· Participation in crimestopper reports

 

 

 

 

 

 

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UNDERCOVER INVESTIGATIONS

 

 

The successful completion of many investigations calls for well-executed undercover operations. Williams C. Dear & Associates excels in this undertaking, and offers the following specific techniques and services:

 

· Providing trained undercover operatives, both male and female
· Providing counseling on the effective use and preservation of undercover information
· Providing technical assistance - Closed circuit television surveillance - Truck surveillance
· Carrying out sting operations for stolen goods and drugs
· Providing follow up investigation:

- Document findings
- Photographic and video evidence
- Audio tape evidence
- Obtaining confessions
- Taking statements
- Verifying extent and lim
- its by polygraph
- Reclaiming stolen goods
- Obtaining restitution contracts

 

 

 

 

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PHOTOGRAPHY

 

In the course of many investigations, photographic services often play an important role. William C. Dear is prepared for those occasions by having available a wide range of state-of-the-art video and photography equipment. Our inventory and services include:

 

· 35mm cameras-telephoto lenses, enlargements available, color and black & white
· Miniature spy cameras
· Aerial capability
· Sony 8mm surveillance video cameras
· Telephoto lenses-allows filming from a long distance undetected
· Super 8 movie cameras

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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PRE-EMPLOYMENT INVESTIGATIONS

 

In screening potential employees, William Dear & Associates, Inc. thoroughly and methodically explores numerous sources of information. The following represent some of the steps typical to most investigations:

 

· Polygraph (if feasible)
· Verification of job application
· Verification of job history
· Verification of military service record
· Interviews with references, neighbors, past employers and past coworkers
· Drivers license record check
· Courthouse records check-civil and criminal, local and federal
· Information check for past workers compensation problems

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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WORKERS COMPENSATION INVESTIGATIONS

 

Due to an alarming increase in employee fraud, the thorough evaluation of workers compensation claims is a virtual necessity
these days, and can save an employer thousands of dollars.

When questions arise as to the legitimacy of a workers compensation claim, William C. Dear & Associates is well positioned to investigate all the elements of the case and help achieve a fair settlement, employing such methods as the following:

 

· Preparing accident report
· Locating witnesses
· Interviewing witnesses, friends, coworkers and relatives
· Obtaining statements
· Records check for suits and settlements
· Neighborhood survey
· Surveillance
· Still and video photography
· Accessing computerized information service on past workers compensation claims

 

 

 

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SURVEILLANCE INVESTIGATIONS

 

Surveillance plays a key role in many investigations, and is an information gathering technique which William C. Dear & Associates is well prepared to execute, both in terms of sophisticated equipment and skilled staff. Following are some of the services we offer in this area:

 

FIXED SURVEILLANCE

· Closed circuit television
· Vehicle
· Audio/video/still photography
· Undercover operatives

 

MOVING SURVEILLANCE

· Vans
· Trucks
· Other vehicles
· All vehicles equipped with modern radio communication

 

Including:

In any type of surveillance, William C. Dear & Associates offers strong advantages, including:

· Modern, up-to-date equipment
· Experienced personnel, trained in the most current methodology
· Creative techniques
· A variety of male and female investigators to rotate in and out
· A variety of vehicles to rotate in and out

 

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POLYGRAPH INVESTIGATIONS

 

Polygraph examinations are an effective, scientific resource for business, the insurance industry and the legal profession. All polygraph testing is based on the verification of information an individual has supplied, whether it pertains to an employment application form or a specific problem.

 

The highly qualified polygraphists at William C. Dear & Associates meet all state licensing requirements, as well as our own stringent standards. Polygraph testing is most commonly called for in the following situations:

 

PRE-EMPLOYMENT

When possible, it is important for employers to establish the accuracy of a potential employee's prior record, particularly in such cases as:

· Banks
· Armored car drivers
· Power and water plants
· Pharmaceutical plants

These tests may be conducted only if they meet the Specific Problems Tests under Federal Guidelines for Employees:

· Access
· Opportunity
· Notification
· Copy of questions
· Copy of report

 

DOMESTIC EXAMS/FAMILY PROBLEMS

Testing is designed to answer the following questions:

· Who, how many times, last time
· What, how many times, last time

 

CRIMINAL TESTS FOR ATTORNEYS

Testing is designed to answer the following questions:

· Are you good for it
· Did you do it
· How many times, last time
· Past record

In conjunction with the administration of polygraph exams, Williams C. Dear Or Associates will typically:

· Obtain confessions, statements, restitution and recovery
· Use the SCAN technique of statement analysis

 

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PERSONAL INJURY INVESTIGATIONS

 

William C. Dear & Associates is often called upon to look into the validity of personal injury claims. We rely on a variety of techniques and resources to conduct a thorough investigation which results in a fair settlement. Some of the steps involved are:

 

· Accident reconstruction
· Photographing scene of accident
· Preparation of large and small scale drawings
· Obtaining accident report
· Locating witnesses
· Conducting interviews
· Obtaining statements
· Conducting surveillance on claimants
· Still/video photography of claimants
· Conducting neighborhood surveys
· Conducting records checks for past litigation and settlements
· Accessing information services for past injuries and settlements
· Verification of employment history
· Providing expert testimony

 

 

 

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TRIAL PREPARATIONS

 

Each case assigned to William C. Dear & Associates is worked with the attitude that the assignment may well end in a court of law. Accordingly, we maintain the highest professional standards throughout each assignment.

Since the outcome of a legal action can greatly depend on the care that goes into its preparation, William C. Dear & Associates offers a full range of services for those involved in the trial process. These include the following:

 

· Determining facts
· Gathering evidence, taking photos, processing by lab any physical evidence
· Obtaining accident or incident reports
· Locating witnesses
· Interviewing witnesses
· Obtaining statements
· Serving papers
· Organizing information in the proper form in a notebook for trail use
· Coordinating with law firm
· Picking up and delivering witnesses/litigants
· Secluding witnesses until time to testify
· Obtaining documents/preparing copies
· Duplicating photos or videos

 

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DOMESTIC INVESTIGATIONS

 

With regard to divorce and child custody cases, proper legal action often hinges on the thorough gathering of information. William C. Dear & Associates has impressive expertise in this field, and the means to carry out a comprehensive investigation.

 

DIVORCE

We will perform a records check, and obtain from the client as much detailed informatiion as possible, including:

· Photographs
· Vehicles
· Daily routine, friends, associates
· Employer, family, relatives
· Favorite restaurants, bars, clubs
· Country club
· Yacht club
· Health club

 

CHILD CUSTODY

We will thoroughly investigate the following factors in determining an individual's suitability for custoday:

· Babysitter/day care
· Friends overnight
· Neglect/carelessness
· Diet
· Drug/alcohol abuse
· Poor driving
· Parental responsibility
· Proper environment

In both instances, Williarn C. Dear & Associates may employ sophisticated undercover surveillance capabilities to obtain all necessary information.

 

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MISSING PERSONS INVESTIGATIONS

 

 

The highly specialized field of locating missing persons is one in which William C. Dear & Associates has particular expertise. In fact, in nearly thirty years of operation, we have never failed in a missing person case. (In two murder-kidnap cases, the bodies were not located, but it was established that a murder occurred.)

 

Dear and his staff have been involved in missing persons cases that have attracted national attention, one of which was the young genius who disappeared at Michigan State University, a case that the Dear organization completed expeditiously after local law enforcement agencies were stymied.

 

In tracking down the whereabouts of missing persons, William C. Dear & Associates initiates a thorough investigation that includes the following steps:

· Photographing scene
· Collecting personal effect for study and analysis
· Inspecting search vehicle
· Obtaining incident/accident report
· Checking hospitals, youth hostels, shelters and halfway houses
· Interviews with family, friends, relatives, coworkers, enemies, social acquaintances and lovers
· Obtaining statements
· Following up on leads/determining mind set
· Determining daily routine and habits
· Medical records check/interview with physician
· Coordinating with authorities
· Psychological evaluations based on behavioral patterns

Our well-equipped investigative laboratory and audio/visual-equipped surveillance vehicles play instrumental roles in missing persons operations. A wide array of evidence acquisition equipment includes closed circuit television, still frame and video cameras, tape recorders and fingerprint lifting materials.

Also, our staff includes a psychologist/hypnotist and a full time polygraph examiner who are invaluable on the more complicated cases. Hypnosis has been well received in aiding individuals to recall information invaluable in solving of many cases.

 


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