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“Game Changer” Drones Command Lucrative Private Investigator Fees

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Private Eyes Using Drones to Catch Cheating Spouses

Article Courtesy of:  New York Post

Editors Note:  We have included a portion of the original New York Post article along photos and  quad copter videos that were not part of the original content.

Article Courtesy of: New York Post – By Kate Briquelet

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Investigators are taking drones to new heights — using the remote-controlled aircraft to catch New Yorkers cheating on spouses, lying about disabilities and endangering their kids.

“People want you to believe there’s all this negativity associated with drones . . . but they could be a very helpful tool,” said Olwyn Triggs, a gumshoe for 23 years and president of Professional Investigators Network Inc. in Glen Cove, LI.

Triggs recently used a drone to find an upstate man suspected of insurance fraud. Signs on his rural property warned that trespassers would be shot, so she sent in her 2-pound, foot-long Phantom 2 Vision quadcopter, which costs about $1,000.

“He was supposedly fully disabled,” she said. “We knew he was active but couldn’t prove it because of the layout of the property. I couldn’t risk being shot.”

So, as a drone hovered above, snapping images of the man chopping wood, Triggs manned the controls from behind a vehicle about 1,000 feet away.

“You need to think outside the box when someone’s acutely aware,” she said, adding the fraudster pretended to walk with a cane. “That’s when you’ll consider using a drone.”

Still, the legality of piloting drones is a gray area.

Helicopter Drones for Investigaors

Helicopter Drones for Investigators

The Federal Aviation Administration deems it illegal to fly them for commercial use, including film and television.

But since a federal judge dismissed a $10,000 fine against a commercial drone user in March, many businesses are going ahead and flying them anyway.

“A lot of PIs bought drones [after the ruling],” Triggs said. “But before you use a drone, you’re calling everyone you know just to be sure.”

PIs are also using drones to catch cheating spouses.

Photo / Video Drones Used by Private Investigators

Photo / Video Drones Used by Private Investigators – “Phantom 2 QuadCopter”

Video Drone Compilation:

Note:  The last video in this series was shot with the GoPro Camera



Matthew Seifer recently pretended to test-fly a drone in Central Park. He was actually recording a husband fooling around with a female coworker from 100 feet away.

“Sometimes the best thing is to be right there in plain sight,” said Seifer, president of Long Island- based Executive Investigations.

“We had to get in and get out real quick,” he added. “We deployed a drone for eight minutes and got five minutes’ worth of video. That was the closure our client was looking for.”

Seifer operates several Phantom models, including the Phantom 2 Vision, and said drones are a “selling point” for clients.

“Sometimes the best thing is to be right there in plain sight,” said Seifer, president of Long Island- based Executive Investigations.

“DRONES GET US THOSE TYPES OF MONEY SHOTS.” - Matthew Seifer, President Of Executive Investigations Firms like his are charging double for their use — hiking the hourly rate from $47 to $97.

“Clients are amazed,” Seifer said. “The drones are a game changer. ”

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