Safety First: Securing Your Home and Business

Whether you own a business or home, keeping it safe is critical. But sometimes even the most vigilant safety measures aren't enough to keep out intruders. I own a small food store in my neighborhood. I didn't use a security system or camera to monitor my store. Instead, I relied on my employees and other businesses to keep an eye out for crime. But one night after closing time, someone broke into my store and stole money and many other items. Because I didn't have a security camera or alarm in place, the police couldn't take immediate action to apprehend the thief. I learned a valuable lesson that night. I took action and had a security system installed on the premises. It was the best decision I ever made. My blog offers tips on how to keep your company or home safe. Remember, safety should always be first.

Seeing These Signs Of Employee Workers Comp Abuse? Hire A Private Investigator


When you run a business, one of the most frustrating ways to lose money is by paying workers comp for an employee who is scamming the system. Whether the employee was originally injured but is now exaggerating his or her claims or was never injured to begin with, long-term leave is costly because it forces you to pay the employee while also hiring someone on a replacement basis. On your own, it can be difficult to determine if an employee on leave is abusing the system, but hiring someone to investigate, such as Investatec Systems Ltd., can help determine this information for you. Here are some potential signs of employee workers comp abuse that should prompt the hiring of an investigator.

Employee Out And About

Depending on the nature of your employee's leave, his or her condition may require bed rest. However, you might occasionally hear through the grapevine that one of your employees saw the person at the mall, at a sporting even, or even at the gym. This evidence can indicate that the person is indeed abusing the system, but you'll need undeniable proof. Your PI can conduct surveillance that reveals whether the person is indeed out and about. For example, if the person has alleged a back injury, video from the PI that shows the person jogging will suggest otherwise.

Change To Social Media Profiles

Many people cannot resist posting photos of their various adventures on social media, but people who are scamming their employer out of leave pay might be careful about doing so. If you were previously "friends" with your employee on social media and he or she has blocked you, it could be because the person is posting images that he or she doesn't want you to see. Private investigators are often adept at electronic surveillance, meaning that your PI may be able to view the person's profile and download any incriminating photos.

Suspicion Of Activities With Other Employees

When employees form close bonds with each other, they may travel together or enjoy other outings. If you have an employee who is friendly with the person on leave, watch for changes in the former's behavior. For example, if he or she talks openly about a trip taken with "a friend," but doesn't reveal the friend's name, it could be the employee on leave. Additionally, if the person seems reluctant to discuss such outings with you, it could be because he or she is covering for the workers comp scammer. This is a sure sign that you should hire a PI to get to the bottom of the issue.


8 February 2017