Knowledge is still power – part 2

A recent case involved a rural surveillance. Conversations at the courthouse with an appraiser and a town local revealed that the Subject was very reclusive and was rarely seen in town. The Subject’s mother was in poor health and it was believed the Subject was caring for her. The Subject was last seen at an auction. The Subjects father would not allow anyone on the property including the county appraiser who was run off the property with a gun. The Subject’s farm is run poorly and is disorganized. The Subject has a brother who lives in a neighboring state and is married. The Subjects cousin lives in the area and we know his name and phone number. We know who owns the neighboring properties of the Subject. With all this information you can better access what type of individual you are dealing with and the next step in the case. This information can also be used to develop more information and leads to give you the upper hand. Kansas City detective – Jeff J. McDonald

Knowledge is power – Get it

For you to make better decisions regarding claims and settlements you need all the information at your disposal. Knowing your Subject can give you the upper hand. What does he/she do? What are their activities, sports, habits and places they frequent? Are they the reclusive type or outgoing and active? Are they involved in the community?Do they own and ride a motorcycle? Do they own other property? Do they cut wood, hunt mushrooms? This is all pivotal information when negotiating a case or determining investigative strategies going forward. You want the upper hand it’s more fun that way.

Kansas City Private Investigator – Jeff J. McDonald

Insurance Fraud

Don’t rule out anyone in a possible search for “stolen” items in a reported loss claim. We recently conducted a search for stolen items and it turns out the Claimant’s son had loaded items such as a lawn mower, tool box, air compressor, power tools, weed trimmer into the back of his dad’s truck and just took off. The Claimant initially stated that he put all these items in his truck on a regular basis and he had no idea who did it. We found it hard to believe that every power tool he owned was kept in his truck. The Claimant has an idea that his son may have been the one to steal his truck and all the tools but he wasn’t being open and honest about it. The fraud was discovered and we helped to deny the claim and the son was reported to the authorities.

You cannot predict human behavior

We were recently sent on an investigation to determine if a person with an alleged back injury was on a bowling league. The individual was listed on a team roster but we felt he was merely a sub on the team. We set up surveillance on the night his team was scheduled to bowl. We made a decision to initiate surveillance at his employer instead of the bowling alley. He left work and drove directly to a fishing lake and was fishing for 2 hours. He was videotaped fishing for 2 hours and bending over effortlessly to grab items from his tackle box. He was also standing on rocky uneven surfaces around the lake. All of these were outside of his doctors restrictions. He eventually went home for the night and did not leave his residence. If we would have waited for him at the bowling alley we would have wasted our time and the clients. Kansas City private investigator Jeff J. McDonald

Take investigative action

When in doubt push a pawn
In the game of chess when you are in doubt or indecision you can move a pawn as your move. Many times a claim file or legal action requires somebody to do something to get the file moving again bringing it closer to settlement. There have been many times that an Investigator is called to perform a routine check and viola’ the file gets moving again and sometimes it even results in a ”checkmate”. It’s your turn to move and a great time to hire Kansas City Private Investigator Jeff J. McDonald

Can I borrow your cell phone?

Can I borrow your cell phone

If you suspect a cheating spouse and want to make a quick check of their honesty and openness ask to use their cell phone to make a call. Conveniently leave your phone in your car while at home then ask to make a call from their phone and then walk out of the room while you are talking on the phone. If they have inappropriate things or secret things on their phone they will not want you to get too far out of their site. They may even follow you as you go into another room. If they won’t even let you use the phone then it’s time to look into other areas of their lives by using a Kansas City Private Investigator Jeff J. McDonald

What is a pretext


Long before cell phones and text messaging investigators were practicing an art called the pretext. This tactic is used to get information from individuals that could not be obtained through normal investigative inquiries. .

Definition: The reasons assigned to justify an act, which have only the appearance of truth, and which are without foundation; or which if true are not the true reasons for such act

That definition seems complicated….Here is an example to make things easier to understand. An individual has a car for sale in his front yard with his phone number listed. An investigator contacts this individual to inquire about the vehicle but during the conversation the investigator asks if the seller is at home or work because he would like to stop by and test drive the vehicle. Now the investigator knows if the seller is currently home, if he has a job and maybe some other information from the conversation that will provide clues that will help in the investigation. Investigators continue to pretext to create a strategic advantage for you. Contact Kansas City Private Investigator Jeff J. McDonald 913-541-0237

Elderly woman has wedding ring stolen during manicure

An elderly lady who lived in a nursing home received a manicure a few weeks before she passed away. During the funeral her daughter noticed the wedding ring was missing. She always wore the ring and promised the ring to her daughter upon her death. The police were contacted along with a Kansas City Private Investigator Jeff J. McDonald. A thorough interview was conducted with the daughter and all known employees surrounding the elderly lady. A canvass was also conducted of local pawn shops using a picture of the ring. The ring was located just a few miles away at a pawn shop along with a suspect name. The thief turned out to be a female that provided manicures to the nursing home. She claimed she found the ring on the ground. The authorities are charging her with theft. The family heirloom is now safely back with the daughter.

Up on the housetop reindeer…??

Up on the housetop reindeer…??

No it’s not a reindeer its a guy with a leaf blower? What is he doing up there? Apparently he is blowing all the leaves off his roof and out of his gutters. We were caught totally by surprise like the guy in the cap who just laid down for a long winter’s nap. This guy on the roof had an ankle injury and has not returned to work for years. If he can walk a multi-pitched roof line without hesitation it’s probably time for him to return to work. How did he get up there? You mean to tell me he can climb ladders too? As the song goes, Up on the Housetop click, click, click capturing video and it’s not Saint Nick. Contributed by Kansas City Private Investigator Jeff J. McDonald


Hay, Hay, Hay

The handmade sign alongside the road indicated “HAY FOR SALE” with the Claimant’s phone number. A call was placed to the number and a meeting was set up to “inspect” the hay. Turns out the Claimant was buying hay by the semi-load and reselling it for a profit to farmers and ranchers in the area. SHE also indicated that she would load the hay. That seemed pretty straightforward all we needed was a large flatbed trailer to carry the hay and a vehicle to tow the trailer. A trailer was rented and we purchased 60 bales of hay and filmed the Claimant carrying every bale from the front of the semi trailer then stepping down to the flat bed trailer then stacking the bales neatly on the trailer. Oh and yes we also got a close up of the money being paid to the Claimant. Kansas City Private Investigator Jeff J. McDonald delivered to video tape to the client and they were excited about the outcome.