A Common Misconception: Recording Conversations

A frequent task Gilliam Burke Investigations will be asked to perform by a prospective client is recording a telephone or in-person conversation. We’ve discussed on this blog before misconceptions about private investigators, and privacy laws in Alberta, but this is a specific point of interest. The fact of the matter is, unless the investigator is […]

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Five Ways Private Investigation Is Not Like The Movies

Everybody loves a good detective movie, novel, or story. Ever since Edgar Allan Poe wrote the first detective story (Murders At The Rue Morgue, published in 1841), our culture at large has been enamoured with the investigator finding the clue and solving the case. Even we here at Gilliam Burke Investigations love a good detective […]

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First Contact & Locating Individuals

Looking for a long-lost relative? Hoping to find the beneficiary or executor of a will? Looking to serve documents to an individual named in a civil process? Often one of the first things we here at Gilliam Burke Investigations are often asked when a client inquires about locating another individual is: “how will that information […]

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Background Investigations for Domestic Workers

As Canadians increasingly find themselves shouldering the burden of both elder and child care, outside help from domestic workers is becoming more and more vital. The majority of these workers are honest people, but it is important not to cut corners when so much is at stake. If you’ve hired someone directly from Craigslist, Kijiji, […]

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How To Hire A Private Investigator – Part Three

In our previous two articles in an on-going series on what to expect hiring a private investigator if you are an individual, we discussed making initial contact and having clear goals, as well as red flags when dealing with individuals who aren’t private investigators but are calling themselves such. In this installment of our series, […]

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How To Hire A Private Investigator – Part Two

In the first of an ongoing series looking at how you as an individual can know what to expect when hiring an investigator, we talked about setting goals, and having your questions ready to initiate the case in the smoothest manner. The next issue we’re going to deal with are some potential red flags. As […]

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How To Hire A Private Investigator – Part One

For most people looking to hire a private investigator, the process can be daunting. To demystify hiring an investigator, what you can expect from a licensed, professional firm, and how to ask the investigator questions in order to ensure they can meet your needs, we have prepared on-going series of posts that will deal with […]

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The Nature of Private Investigations

As an aid to help our clients better understand the nature of the private investigation industry, the processes by which we work, and the regulations by which we are governed, we have created this page for all potential and current clients to help understand the nature of the investigations that Gilliam Burke Investigations undertakes We […]

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Beware The Unlicensed Investigator

A quick search on several classified ad websites in Alberta will show you a host of people offering “private investigation” services. Much like any other listings on these websites however, “buyer beware” should be any person’s mantra when viewing these listings. Employing a person with unverified license status and training can spell disaster for any […]

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