Do you believe your partner is cheating on you? Are you worried about cat-fishing? Did someone disappear with your money?
These are all good reasons to hire a private investigator — someone who can quietly ask questions and discover hidden secrets, all the while maintaining a professional and confidential approach.
Before learning about Discreet Investigations & Security Ltd, the only thing I knew about the private investigations industry came from the movies. I pictured a very cloak and dagger industry— people with trench coats following a potential “perp”, taking photos under the cover of the night, and digging through crates of documents in file folders. What I didn’t know is that there is little “cloak and dagger” activities involved in the real life private investigations service. In fact, according to James Glanville, the founder of Discreet Investigations & Security Ltd., you don’t want to hire a company that claims to be so.
The most important thing to remember when hiring a private investigations firm is to ensure the company is legitimate. To avoid “fly-by-night” companies, always ask to see their licenses and check to see if they are registered with the Ministry of Community Safety.
Discreet Investigations is one of the few fully licensed and registered private investigation firms in the Greater Toronto Area. What makes them unique is their up-front attitude. Glanville, who is a certified protection specialist and surveillance and counter surveillance expert, is the face of the operation. His information is blatantly posted on their website so that potential clients know exactly who they are dealing with.
Glanville is the reason why Discreet Investigations is so successful — he has over 27 years of experience in a variety of security fields, including firearm experience and tactical training, close protection specialists training by the U.S. Secret Service, and close quarters combat training, to name a few.
He also only staffs professionals — retired police and RCMP officers, accountants, and lawyers— people he can trust to do the job well. This concept of trust is incredibly important to Glanville. “It comes down to integrity. That’s what makes us different,” Glanville. “I only hire people who have a good track record. Trust is a big factor. “
The best part: confidentially is 100 per cent guaranteed. This is the reason why so many world leaders, royal families, CEOs, and professional athletes use Glanville’s company. There is a sense of truth, authenticity, and honesty about how they conduct business.
When choosing a private investigations firm, trust and professionalism has to be a top priority. Some of the services offered by Discreet Investigations include missing persons, fraud, background checks, and law firm support. They also have the skills to go undercover with the intention of finding incidents of theft or sexual harassment within a company. However, Glanville says a lot of their cases have to do with relationships, either cheating spouses or the “epidemic of online dating.”
The Internet has completely altered the profession. With the multitude of apps and websites out there, less people are providing information willingly and more people are vulnerable to fraud (or physically dangerous situations). But, Discreet Investigations has adapted, hiring people with knowledge of the intricacies of the web.
“Now, instead of old fashioned guys like me, we have to have people who can swab on the Internet, Facebook, and get into that cyber investigation,” he said. “Technology has changed, laws have changed, and Privacy Acts have changed.”
No matter the problem, Discreet Investigations is leading the way in the industry. A lot of people joke about becoming a private investigator, but it’s people like Glanville that prove how much work it is to maintain trust with his clients.