Surveillance Service

Melbourne Detective offers surveillance for both security and investigative purposes. Overt surveillance is when the surveillance activity is obvious and can be easily detected by the target being observed or by others in the vicinity. In contrast, covert surveillance is when the surveillance activity is designed to be hidden or secret from the target being observed or from others in the vicinity. The main difference between the two types of surveillance is the level of awareness and visibility of the surveillance activity. Overt surveillance is commonly used for law enforcement or security purposes to deter criminal activity or monitor public safety, while covert surveillance is typically used for intelligence gathering or other covert operations where secrecy is essential. Our surveillance equipment, including drones and online social media robots, combined with our expertise can be molded to suit your needs. Whether you need security monitoring for a once-off occasion, or regular surveillance for an important asset or location. We can provide security cameras, hidden cameras and spy cameras, drone flyover cameras for any kind of surveillance you need. We also offer individual surveillance and bodyguards; our investigators can monitor the activities of a suspicious individual, and report back with evidence that can be used in prosecution. The evidence in a case collected is important. It is an articulable fact. There are many rules or evidence to ensure it is admissible. Hence why engaging a licensed agent is paramount to ensure that the evidence you adduce can be used in civil or criminal proceedings. An example of when things can go wrong is exemplified in the case of R v Rondo [2001] NSWCCA 540. Rondo was charged with possession of 224g of Cannabis leaf. However, police stopped and searched him in his car and later house without actually having any evidence that supported their investigation. An investigator such as police need to have a genuine cause to suspect that you may be carrying an illegal substance or prohibited item about your person, or in your vehicle, at that particular time. The belief needs to be more than a possibility but need not amount to a reasonable belief. This is a “reasonable suspicion”. The suspicion needs to be based on fact and not just speculation or hearsay. The reasonable suspicion needs to be at the time of stopping the person to search not an earlier fact/ suspicion (i.e., circumstances). The following is a list of some of the legislative instruments used in investigations and surveillance both in Victoria and also Commonwealth State of Victoria Private Security Act 2004 (Victoria) Surveillance Devices Act 1999 (Victoria) Commonwealth Australian Security Intelligence Organisation Act 1956 Intelligence Services Act 2001 Australian Security Intelligence Organisation Act 1979 Inspector-General of Intelligence and Security Act 1986 Telecommunications (Interception and Access) Act 1979 Telephonic Communications (Interception) Act 1960