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Find someone in the UK

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Finding someone in the UK

Private investigators tracing individuals

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Tracing an individual can seem like trying to find a needle in a haystack. As a member of the public with access to a limited body of information, you may find that trying to locate someone is a vain endeavour.

However, tracing individuals using private investigators is the solution that you should access immediately.

At X Three Surveillance Ltd. we have licensed information that the public cannot view, a network of trusted global colleagues and a plethora of databases that deliver data in a time and cost efficient manner.

Whether your need to trace an individual is personal –

  • A missing person
  • A family member you’ve lost touch with,
  • A reunion of old school/university friends

Or the tracing is required by a professional or legal firm –

  • A debtor
  • A missing witness
  • A thief who has stolen from the workplace,

our private investigators are leaders in the field. We are so confident in our abilities, collated data and colleagues that we offer a no find-no fee service if we can’t trace the individual.

We regularly deliver an accurate address for someone within 48 hours of the client bringing their case to our attention.

Our tracing specialists are highly qualified professionals with extensive experience to draw on. We are proud to be the number one firm in the area and to have an enviable success rate in finding missing people across the UK and worldwide.

We may seem tough but we love reuniting families and friends. It’s worth every ounce of effort we put in to our work just to see the relief and happiness on our clients faces. 

We don’t need someone’s life history to trace an individual, our private investigators can use the minimal amount of information to get the optimum results. Debtors may seem impossible to find, they are purposefully hiding, but that doesn’t mean we can’t find them. Often, it’s an astonishingly obvious location (and they believed they were being clever.)

 A’s son had run away. She had phoned, e-mailed and texted his friends and the family. There was no sign of her son anywhere. She knew that he’d run because he was due to be expelled from school for a serious misdemeanour and was, in all likelihood, scared of the repercussions and his father’s anger.

A came to us, petrified about him. She knew that life on the streets was not a welcome existence and she feared that despite his bravado he’d be easily duped by more criminally minded people. She wanted to save him from harm and falling in to crime.

She conceded that her husband was not the most tolerant of people but he would never want to see their son out on the streets, in hiding and fearing punishment. He was as worried as she was.

We took the son’s details and set to work. Within eighteen hours we knew where the son was and spoke to him. He tried to run away from us but we’re fast on our feet and we persuaded him that his fear was leading him down a dangerous path. His accrued misdemeanours at school were certainly not to his credit but they were not worth running away and potentially ruining his life for.

He had fled in fright, had found life tough even in the eighteen hours he’d been hiding, had met some unsavoury characters and we were sure that he’d scared himself suitably so that he would be less inclined to misbehave in the future. There was no fun in the situation he found himself in.

He agreed to return to our offices for a meeting with his parents. He was wary of his father.

To his surprise, his father and A were so relieved that he’d been found safe and well, and only ten miles away, that they dispensed with anger and set about proactively rebuilding trust and the son’s chances at a new school.

He found that home schooling worked better for him and never looked back. He even goes to the old school and features in assemblies to alert others to correct the errors of their ways and to tell them that running solves nothing.

Another incident led us to search overseas for an uncle who had last been heard of in 1979 when he emigrated to Canada. The family in Burnley knew that the uncle had moved to Ontario to marry a Canadian lady called Martha so we had two names to search with, Martha and the uncle. Ontario is, of course, a large city and there had been almost 40 years since the last sighting of him as he boarded the aeroplane at Heathrow, watched by our client’s now deceased mother and father.

Our client wanted to learn if he was still alive so that she could include him in a family reunion and she hoped the Ontario branch of the family would be the long lost guests of honour. She’d tried searching on genealogy websites and Ontario records but the data was either not current enough or too limited so she asked us to do some detective work and trace him on her behalf.

It was our pleasure.

We used our network of international contacts and databases. We discovered that the uncle was living not in Ontario but in Edinburgh, rather closer to home.

He’d moved to Scotland after Martha’s death according to records, to live with Martha’s son, William, who worked in animal conservation.

When we contacted William he was delighted, he spoke to the uncle. It transpired that the uncle hadn’t known his niece’s married name and although he’d tried searching himself he too had found that information in the public domain was in short supply.

After an absence of nearly 40 years the family had a wonderful, tearful, joyous family get-together. The uncle is now in regular contact with the niece, our client, and by tracing him, we feel that we’ve not just carried out a duty but truly enriched lives.

Allow us to do the same for you. Call our tracing individuals private detectives today.


Theft in Work Place

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Theft in A Work Place?

Employee Investigations

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Private detectives can halt theft in the workplace

What do you do when there is a high probability that one, or perhaps more, of your staff members is stealing from you?

You call X Three Surveillance Ltd.’s private detectives. Discreet, professional, dedicated and resourceful, we are leading Greater Manchester investigation specialists who are renowned for effective case planning and management, cost effective methods and comprehensive incontrovertible results.

We appreciate that a disquieting situation like theft in the workplace is best handled by a third-party expert. Numerous clients have told us about their discomfort when challenging people they consider to be friends as much as employees and the potential for them storming out, refusing to work or being insulted to the core are too high to make management want to take the matter further. Of course, theft cannot be ignored.

Our private detectives are hugely experienced, qualified and capable. We’ll get the answers that elude you. We don’t suffer from the trouble of being close to the people involved. A fresh pair of eyes can make a substantial difference in a situation, especially when they belong to a trained expert with theft in the workplace as a forte.

We can take several approaches from a direct interview to undercover work to lie detector tests.

Not all methods are viable in every case and we select the most pertinent. Equally, if our investigation brings evidence to light that means a new detection resource would be beneficial, we can change our tack without delay so we don’t miss an opportunity.

We keep our client fully informed at all stages of an investigation and never jump to conclusions.

Below is a case study from a newsagent:

X called our private detectives. He had owned his newsagents for thirty years and was sorry to have to call specialists in but he was sure that money was being taken from the tills. This was the first time he’d faced such a problem.

There were three tills on the premises and the operators were assigned their till at the start of each shift with the float in it.

When the amount in the till grew to over £150 the staff were required to place the money in a container and send it via a shoot through to the back office.

He was sure that human error couldn’t be the problem as he’d originally hoped, because it was a situation occurring in all tills in either £10, £20, £40 or £60 sums each time the till didn’t balance.

The audit trails did not suggest an electronic error and the shoot’s operational capacity had been checked. X was loathed to admit that one of the staff members, who had been with him for at least two years each, must be to blame.

He couldn’t face confronting any of them and didn’t know which one to challenge. All three operators had tills that mysteriously hadn’t balanced over the previous two months.

Our private detectives surmised that perhaps one person was the thief but they were somehow accessing the other tills to divert suspicion away from themselves. X told us that they would be able to do this if another till was left unattended and not locked out securely, say if the staff members popped in to the stock area for a moment to establish if they’d run out of something.

We decided that interviewing the staff would be counterproductive, if all three operators denied stealing and became angry or resentful this could cost X valuable, honest staff. We took the approach of carrying out surveillance and assigned one of our private detectives to work as a security guard purportedly hired by the manager to stop shoplifting activities.

His staff were perfectly happy to see us on site, chatted to us about shoplifters, recent incidents and the local areas ne’ver do wells.

Our private detectives are fine readers of characters and from the way that each of the operators spoke about the shoplifters our “security guard” ascertained who the most amenable person was, who was least bothered by crime, who didn’t like answering questions and who was more loyal to their colleagues than the wages paid at the end of the month.

After more detection work and another theft, in which we witnessed a clever distraction technique, we established the name of our lead suspect. It shocked X but he consented to a lie detector test for this person.

The digital technology incorporated in lie detectors employs algorithms and computer screens. A lie detector records the uncontrollable bodily responses during the test and gives us the necessary data to confirm or refute deception.

The sensors monitor:

Heart rate and blood pressure.

Perspiration – Also called electro-dermal activity or galvanic skin response.

Respiration. – Two pneumographs convert the amount of displaced air in to electronic signals.

Limb movements and involuntary twitches can be assessed.

Every physiological alteration is transmitted and reflected on a graph.

We’ll call the suspect Z.

They were hooked up to the lie detector machine. Unwilling at first, when they were told that this was to catch one of their colleagues it gave them a sense of safety. The baseline test questions were carried out so that we could establish that later changes were clues.

Presumably feeling confident that they were there to tittle-tattle about the other two operators, we started Z’s real questioning.

Sadly, when the results were proficiently read by our private detective who is also an accomplished lie detector test administrator, there was no doubt that there was deception involved in the answers given by Z.

The two other employees were exonerated. Z finally confessed that she was pretending to pick up one note when taking more out of the till and deliberately fumbling as she placed money in containers and switched notes for a handkerchief in her pocket as a diversion.

The other tills were accessed “when getting change” and the same process followed.

There were no extenuating circumstances, just greed and opportunity meeting.

Z no longer works for X.

Sadly, every so often there is an employee who is the proverbial rotten apple.

Allow us to unmask them and restore your peace of mind.




Where there’s a blame, there’s a claim.

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X Three Surveillance Compensation Investigations

False Compensation Claims?

Crippling compensation culture – Fraudsters beware

In Britain, we are increasingly becoming a compensation culture. Moreover, we are suffering from a growing number of false compensation claims.

There’s a raft of legal specialists and cold calling claims management firms who are more than happy to take on your case to seek compensation after injury and their availability alongside the message that we should demand recompense because other countries do, means claims are numerous and sometimes spurious.

The injury law firms have earned the unflattering name of Ambulance Chasers, and the injury lawyer survives on the misfortunes of the genuinely injured via their famed no win-no fee offer but they also receive a worrying volume of calls from false compensation claims.

The Government is aware that some law firms are encouraging exaggerated and fraudulent personal injury claims and the practice of offering incentives to lie is unethical. This wastes time, money and resources and impacts on the insurance industry.

For legitimate claims, there should be no issues and certainly no need to contact injury claim investigators, except to corroborate statements made.

For example, A says that he cannot work since he lifted a container that injured him. He has hurt his back and needs physiotherapy to walk without a limp. We can record the visible clues of his assertions being correct by filming and taking photographs which confirm the medical diagnosis and that the physiotherapy sessions are being attended.

B tripped on a paving slab in the town centre and is seeking to claim compensation from the local authority. The trip was captured on the CCTV cameras and seems not to have caused injury. A stubbed toe, a few choice words and B resumed their walk to the next shop.

However, the local authority’s representative has called X Three Surveillance Ltd.’s injury claim investigators because B is suing, with the help of a high profile “ambulance chaser” for extensive injuries and asking for substantial damages.

B cited not only a broken toe, which is feasible, but whiplash, back strain, a torn ligament and stress induced migraines which have left them unable to work.

Surveillance, undercover injury investigations and good old common sense confirm that the local authority was correct to call us for proof.

B has been seen on several occasions without any sign of inhibited movement or pain, B was apparently able to go on a weekend shopping trip in London, visit restaurants, nightclubs and the gym and displayed no indication that migraines or stress were being suffered. Our injury investigators may not be medical experts but we could discern that there was no reason, except for exploiting an opportunity, that B couldn’t have attended work.

Interestingly, whenever B calls the workplace to give updates B is consistent and tells management that they can barely walk, can’t go out and remain reliant on friends and family to keep their spirits up. B was sure that she was slipping in to a decline she may never recover from. Dramatic stuff!

As B took more and more time off, colleagues grew suspicious and this affected moral, productivity, team loyalty and led to one of the team calling on the firm’s management to investigate the matter. (They didn’t know that X Three Surveillance Ltd.’s injury claims investigators were already active on the case.) B lost friends, trust and respect by making fools of fellow workers.

Medical reports did not help the strength of B’s claim and it was dismissed. The evidence we gathered was indisputable, contradicts B’s assertions and left the local authority with a maintenance task but not a claim to answer.

When B’s employers heard that there was a lot of imagination and not a great deal of fact in B’s situation she was swiftly advised that there would be a disciplinary hearing.

B did not attend this. B was sacked for gross misconduct in B’s absence.

So, no compensation, no job and a case of fraud pending at the local court. Was it worth it B?

The Criminal Injuries Compensation Authority (CICA) is striving to manage this kind of fraud so that public funds are protected. They have reported cases to the police and successful prosecutions have followed, with custodial sentences.

It is fair to say that tackling the growing number of unjustified personal injury claims means re-educating people and diminishing the opportunities for fraud.

  • Public liability claims for trips and slips rose from 95,000 in 2010/11 to around 104,000 in 2013/14.
  • Employers’ liability claims have risen from around 81,000 to around 105,000 in the same period. false compensation claims.
  • Motor offenses are being compromised by “phantom passengers” who claim after an accident although they were not in the vehicle.

These situations cannot continue. False compensation claims investigations can substantially decrease payments and cases reaching court proceedings.  

  • The court has the power to dismiss a claim when the claimant hugely exaggerates the extent of their injury, including any award for a genuine injury.
  • Where the court finds that the personal injury compensation claimant is entitled to damages, but is satisfied that the claimant has been dishonest about the claim on the whole, the court must dismiss the claim entirely unless it is satisfied that the claimant would suffer injustice as a result of dismissal. This affects primary and related cases.
  • The court must record the amount of damages that it would have awarded if the claim was genuine and who should pay costs.

false compensation claims.

A case highlighted in the Daily Mail featured a postal worker who claimed he had been left disabled when a car hit the rear of the van he was unloading. He was retired by Royal Mail with a payout and his insurers were preparing to issue a large sum to him. Photographs of the clearly not disabled ex postal worker led to his downfall. A custodial sentence of 18 months was handed down.

Don’t let the sadly growing fraudulent compensation culture affect you or your organisation.

Call our injury claim investigators and enjoy peace of mind.

Subletting Issues in Manchester

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Subletting and cohabitation issues

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Helping Tenants in and around Manchester

Subletting is when a tenant lets either all or part of the property to someone else who is known as the subtenant, often without permission from the landlord. The subtenant holds the tenancy for the area let to them by the tenant. Money is changing hands in this scenario.

A relative moving in to the spare bedroom for two weeks with no rent charged does not constitute subletting. It’s a courtesy to inform the landlord and helps keep matters transparent.

The Citizens Advice Bureau has relevant information available at their offices and on their website for anyone in doubt and we are also aware of, but not qualified in, the issues surrounding abuse of tenancy agreements. 

 Many tenants who sublet either choose to ignore the rules and sublet anyway or there is a minute percentage who don’t realise that they are doing wrong. Subletting is not a dismissible abuse of trust towards the landlord. It is generally against the law and a landlord has every right to investigate subletting suspicions. 

Subletting against your tenancy agreement gives your landlord the grounds to start proceedings and evict you. They must follow a legal process including the written notification of notice. If the tenants remain after the end of the notice period a county court order can be applied for to retake possession of the property.

A subletting investigation is a wise course of action. At X Three Surveillance Ltd. we know that friends and neighbours who take note of hearsay or add 2 and 2 and make 5 and deliver their conjectures and accusations to the landlord, are usually well intentioned.

There are occasions when the hope is to set the landlord against the tenants so that they’re evicted. Perhaps the informer had an argument with the tenants and bears a grudge; some people find it difficult to be civil and seek some form of revenge. Sad but true.

Hiring X Three Surveillance Ltd.’s subletting investigation specialists ensures that you are using highly qualified in-house professionals not subcontractors. Every subletting investigation operative holds level 3 qualifications in professional investigations and advanced surveillance skills. Also, our team is comprised of ex-military, close protection or police force members who work with commitment, discretion, integrity and always towards cost effective investigations with accurate results. 

We keep surveillance on the address affected, log data and secure HD quality proof which can be used in legal proceedings. We do this over days and sometimes weeks so that we can establish that the person we saw on day 1 was not a visitor who did not return and that the person is incontrovertibly a resident at the address.

We minimise the risk of a client finding a loophole in our case by being thorough and diligent. The tenant who sublets has no room to manoeuvre. Subletting investigations can be completed and comprehensive evidence delivered to clients in as little as a couple of weeks.

We urge clients to seek legal advice as we carry out our subletting investigation.

Case study:

Kate is the landlady of three houses in the Manchester area.

Whilst two of her properties had excellent tenants, were bringing in revenue and were being cared for, she had an issue with the third property’s tenants but had no proof, just suspicions.

She had been alerted to the possibility that the property was being sublet, an illegal action, and that although she believed there were four people living at the address a friend who lived nearby and used the road to get to work said that she frequently saw about seven or eight people going in and out.

This, added to another reports of rowdy behaviour, high volume music and parties meant that Kate was compelled to called us to carry out a subletting investigation.

Importantly, at no time had she or any of the documentation, which she and the tenant had copies of, given permission for the tenant to sublet. The agreement clearly stated that it was forbidden. This was potentially grounds for eviction.

We learned that there were six people resident at Kate’s address, four adults and two teenagers, and that her tenants were subletting the rear ground floor section of the property to the two people who Kate had no knowledge of, the tenants were taking a fee for doing this. We also noted several occasions of unsociable behaviour.

We delivered our findings to Kate. She knew what she could and would do next.

Kate issued a letter giving the tenants notice. They resisted and claimed that she had no grounds to evict. They were shown the video footage and the findings of the subletting investigation. No further arguments were offered by the tenants.

Co-habitation investigations

Co-habitation investigations are another form of property related work which are normally asked for by ex partners for one of two reasons:

  1. They are paying maintenance but believe their ex is co-habiting with someone which means the financial support is being taken fraudulently.
  2. The ex wants to know about the person who has moved in to the home with their children to guarantee peace of mind and their children’s safety.

As with subletting investigations, our co-habitation investigations are focused on surveillance work. We establish if there is a partner for the first scenario above and that they are living as part of a couple at the address. We observe and remain alert to signs of bad behaviour around minors.

Background checks are another tool we implement. Undercover work in co-habitation investigations allows us to glean information from the people around the home address and we are eminently skilled so we never make it obvious that we’re private detectives carrying out a co-habitation investigation.

If you feel that you need a cohabitation investigation, a subletting investigation or clarification about the activities of residents within a property you own or your family live at, call us. We are here to help get you answers and we can negotiate a discounted rate of surveillance.


Get in touch today 0161 8211333 – Manchesters local private investigator


Private Investigator in Manchester – Rights of Divorce

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Cheating partner investigations may lead to divorce.

Do You Know Your Rights?

If something feels wrong, you have suspicions, think that you’ve found a clue to cheating or simply can’t rest until you find out the truth about your marriage please call us.

Cheating partner investigations can happen to anyone so please trust your gut instincts. We’ll help you to get the answers you need. You deserve better than a cheating partner.

If you discover there is no way back from the brink we thought it would be useful to outline your next steps if you seek to end a marriage.

There are 5 legitimate reasons to start divorce proceedings:

  1. Adultery.
  2. Unreasonable behaviour.
  3. Desertion.
  4. You’ve lived apart for 2 years – Spouse must agree.
  5. You’ve lived apart for 5 years – Spouse does not need to agree to divorce.


A cheating partner investigation establishes the truth about whether your spouse has done wrong. The law recognises the act of adultery as sexual intercourse between a man and a woman. Investigators obviously don’t monitor bedroom activities but conclusions can be drawn. Vehicle tracking is another beneficial tool.

These statistics speak volumes:

  • Approximately 20% of divorce cases cite infidelity as the cause.
  • It’s a misconception that married men cheat far more than married women, there is only a small difference in percentages.
  • A recent study found that between 20% – 70% of women and 40% – 80% of men have cheated on their partner at least once.

Please note: You can’t give adultery as a reason for divorce if you lived together as a couple for 6 months after you found out about the adultery.

Unreasonable behaviour

Your husband or wife has behaved in a way that means you cannot be expected to cohabit with them. This could be domestic or psychological abuse, drug or drink abuse/addiction.


Your husband or wife has left you in one of these circumstances:

Without your agreement/without a good reason to end the relationship/you’ve lived apart for more than 2 years in the last 2.5.

You can claim desertion if you have cohabited for up to a total of 6 months in this period.

You have lived apart for 2 years

You can apply for a divorce if you’ve lived apart for more than 2 years and both parties agree to the divorce. Consent must be in writing.

You have lived apart for 5 years

You can apply for a divorce if you’ve lived apart for at least 5 years. The divorce can proceed even if the other spouse contests it.  

X Three Surveillance Ltd.’s proficient private detectives aren’t legal specialists so we urge you to use solicitors and follow their advice. Below is an overview of what happens.


To start divorce proceedings

  • You must pay a fee to start a divorce. You may be able to obtain financial assistance if you’re on benefits/low income.
  • Fill in the divorce petition including personal details for both parties and attach the original marriage certificate or a copy from a register office. Children’s details are not compulsory.
  • Send 3 copies of the divorce petition forms to the nearest divorce centre. (4 if you named the person your spouse committed adultery with. They’ll receive copies too.)


To respond to a divorce petition

  • If divorce proceedings are initiated against you the divorce centre will send you a divorce petition, a notice of proceedings form and an acknowledgement of service form.
  • You need to keep the notice of proceedings form, it shows your case number.
  • Fill in the acknowledgement of service form to agree with the divorce petition.
  • To disagree, complete the section on the form that states you are defending the divorce. After you return this form you have 21 days to say why you are defending the divorce. (Another form.) A fee applies.
  • To agree or disagree action should be taken within 8 days. The divorce centre sends copies to your spouse.
  • Generally, if there is no response received by the divorce centre within 21 days the proceedings will continue as if you’ve agreed.

Initiating your own divorce proceedings

  • After receiving a divorce petition, you may decide to start your own divorce proceedings if you have evidence of their adultery or unreasonable behaviour. A fee applies.


Decree Nisi

  • Apply for a decree nisi if your husband or wife doesn’t defend your divorce petition. A decree nisi states that the court allows the divorce.
  • If your spouse doesn’t agree to the divorce you can still apply for a decree nisi but a court hearing will take place and a judge will decide if the decree nisi is to be granted.
  • When both parties file divorce petitions there’s a court hearing to reach an agreement over the divorce.
  • As you’d expect, there’s an application form for a decree nisi and section B relates to the other party defending the divorce. A fee applies for a case management hearing – the court hearing.
  • There are 5 statement forms relating to the reason for divorce, these are the options listed above. Attach a copy of your husband or wife’s response to the divorce petition.
  • If the judge agrees, the court will send you and your spouse a certificate. This advises the time and date you’ll be granted a decree nisi.

Decree Absolute

  • After the decree nisi has been granted there is a 6 week wait before you can apply for a decree absolute to end the marriage. You must apply within 12 months of the decree nisi or explain why there was a delay to the court. Divisions of money and property must be settled prior to the decree absolute application.

Complete the Notice of application for decree nisi to be made absolute form.

  • If your spouse started the divorce but they haven’t applied for a decree absolute, you must wait an extra 3 months after the 6 week period to apply. A fee and court hearing are needed.
  • The court will issue a decree absolute. Both parties are free to marry again. Keep the decree absolute safe.

Yes, divorce is complicated but freedom is worth the effort. Call X Three Surveillance Ltd. for a discreet and exemplary pre-divorce or cheating partner

Catching Cheating Partners in Manchester

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Cheating partner statistics and stories to make you weep

Did you know that private investigators are hired increasingly in divorce cases?

In 2007, an article published in The Guardian revealed that private investigators were hired in over 50% of Britain’s divorce cases. In the years since this amount has grown – rapidly.

Technology has offered opportunities to cheating partners that could only have been dreamed of 30 years ago. The more temptation there is, it seems the more people fall foul of it. You never know who you may meet online or what they might want from you. Infidelity may seem fun but it can cost all parties dearly.

Remember, private investigators aren’t the last resort, we are the go-to resource for cheating partner investigations.

  • Over 20% over divorces record infidelity as the cause.
  • Social media is a great device to enable cheating.
  • The big cities provide the largest cheating percentages.
  • Interestingly, long commutes to and from work are a primary trigger for an affair to begin. This method of meeting people means cheating statistics rise above average.
  • At least 40%-80% of men 20%-70% of women confessed in a survey that they had cheated on a partner once, perhaps more.
  • 57% of cheaters have slept with their spouse and lover on the same day.
  • Men get the flack for being the cheaters but women are almost as likely to cheat as men. At X Three Surveillance Ltd. we have a liberal caseload of both sexes cheating partners investigations.
  • Did you know that being unhappy in a relationship does not directly influence infidelity rates? Whilst the bedroom activities impact on contentment, low self esteem and personal problems outside the relationship are also probable causes of a cheating partner scenario.


Case study 1:

Mike contacted us, in some distress. He was suspicious that his wife was cheating with his best friend but he couldn’t bring himself to confront them. It seemed too terrible to be true. He’d been watchful, witness their whispered conversations in corners and he’d asked subtle questions but there was no peace of mind. Mike couldn’t eat or sleep well and his work was suffering.

His life seemed to be one long game of “what if?” He needed answers although he suspected that the results a professional private investigator would deliver were not ones he’d welcome. By the time we’d taken the details we could tell that his instincts were not likely to be wrong. He wasn’t paranoid, going mad, imagining things or being unfair.

As horrible as it was for our private investigators to deliver the findings of the cheating partner investigation which confirmed his hunches, we believe that we provided him with facts that enabled him to confront his wife and best friend with confidence, evidence and without them having any room to deny or talk themselves out of their guilt.

Mike and his wife split. His wife moved in with the best friend. The best friend cheated on her, so rumour has it. Not that we listen to tittle-tattle!

Mike has remarried, not all relationships contain cheating, thankfully. The last time we heard from Mike he was philosophical. He counted the betrayal of his wife and friend as a blessing in disguise. Painful, unwanted and stressful but after the storm passed, he saw that he deserved integrity and real love. X Three Surveillance Ltd.’s private investigators had helped him to find it.  

You’ve probably heard of Ashley Madison, they made the news a while ago.

Their approach to cheating is, well, interesting.

They carried out a survey of 21600 of their members and learned that:

  • 88% of members had cheated on their partner.
  • 22% described their spouse as being great in bed.
  • 81% described the abilities of their lover as “accomplished.”
  • 84% of women cheated with five or fewer partners.
  • 33% of men cheated with six plus people.

Is bromide or a cheating partner investigation more urgent here?


  • 89% of men surveyed had cheated when drunk. 49% of women were inebriated when they cheated.
  • Men appear to like the excitement of an affair with a new partner more frequently than women who like the same partner and consistency.
  • Cheating partners have rules about what “cheating” is. 96% of men and 98% of women believe that kissing someone else is cheating.
  • In terms of technology, 32% of men thought that ‘sexting’ was overstepping boundaries, whilst 67% of women viewed it as a violation.

So, now that you’ve lost that romantic gleam in your eyes or maybe consolidated your suspicions into a viable scenario, let’s repair your faith a little.

Case study 2:

John was convinced that his wife Sue was cheating and called us for a cheating partner investigation. She was vague about her activities, flitted out “to the shop” with her mobile phone suddenly and was hiding paperwork. He’d seen her shove a handful of receipts in to a drawer as he’d walked in to the kitchen. The clues certainly led him and at first glance, our private investigators, to think that there was an affair going on. Or at least something worth investigating.

After we did a little detective work we were astounded, because this doesn’t routinely occur, she wasn’t cheating on him. She was arranging a surprise party for his 40th birthday, contacting old friends, disappearing at odd times to meet or talk to people from overseas and around the corner. Planning the catering, decorations, entertainment, clothes, booking a decoy activity to keep him busy on the day pre-party…she was a whirling dervish of party madness!

Discretion, loyalty and professionalism are paramount with our private investigators but we did have to “spoil” the surprise, if only to save a marriage. (Breaking confidence is an extreme rarity.) Being a private investigator isn’t always easy. We weighed up our options and had to tell him that she was working hard to show how much she loved him.

Call us softies but we love a romantic, happy story.  Unfortunately, we aren’t living in fairytale land so we can’t always make wishes of fidelity come true.

However, our private investigators and a cheating partner investigation will help you to move forward.

Suspect that you have a cheating partner? Call our private investigators

Case study:

A told B that he’d be working late for the foreseeable future thanks to a large order that the company he worked for had received. B was pleased, they were saving for a family holiday for them, their sons and two weeks in the sun.

However, all was not as it seemed. She noted that A was becoming increasingly moody which she initially ascribed to the increased working hours. She grew suspicious when the wage slips and bank payments did not reflect the number of hours which A appeared to be glued to his desk.

B challenged A about this, A was hostile, accused B of spying on him and counting every penny. When she secretly looked at the bank statement for his personal account (he’d hidden it in the back of the wardrobe) to see if funds were being diverted to it instead of the joint account she saw a number of transactions at restaurants, a hotel and for gifts she hadn’t received.

Proverbial alarm bells began to ring. It seemed likely that A was cheating but B wanted proof. She knew that accusing A without evidence meant that he’d either block her, counter accuse her or call her paranoid to swing the attention away from his activities.

B contacted X Three Surveillance Ltd.

She hated the thought of calling in specialists but appreciated that she must learn the truth, no matter how unpalatable. She had a right to know if A was abusing her trust.

Our private investigators were sympathetic, listened to her tale and her many apologies for “probably overreacting.” We have carried out enough cheating partner investigations to know that when someone picks up the phone and calls in our expert assistance they are normally correct. Instincts are rarely wrong and A was displaying typical cheating partner characteristics. The secrecy, hiding statements, assertive to aggressive responses when challenged; the dots were joining up.

Our cheating partner investigations are meticulously planned to achieve swift and accurate results so that our clients don’t have to endure uncertainty for longer than is absolutely necessary.

We placed a vehicle tracking device on A’s car.

This told us where A was going when he was supposedly at work. He wasn’t carrying out work based tasks after 5.30pm on any evening. He was arriving at the same private address across town at 6-6.15pm on each week day. The vehicle remained static for an average of 2 hours before travelling back to the marital home.

The weekend days that he’d worked were spent at the private address and on days out in the country, meals and a hotel. (A left the hotel at midnight. The other party stayed overnight.)

We also carried out surveillance and took photographic evidence so we knew, and could prove, exactly where the private address was, who lived there and surmised what was taking place. We didn’t need to be Sherlock Holmes to draw the conclusion that A was cheating on B as she suspected.

Delivering the results of a cheating partner investigation is rarely a happy task for our private investigators but we must tell the truth, it allows fact to replace suspicion and provides a solid base to move forwards from.

B sensed what we were going to tell her. She looked at the information and photographs provided and we were astounded to learn that the person that A was having an affair with was his line manager.

A peculiar sort of overtime.

B challenged A, at first without showing him any of the evidence. He denied her claim that he was cheating, said that she was stalking his every move, was losing her mind. And then she produced the photographs and documents with times, dates and names in full.

Suddenly, he was apologetic, conciliatory and asked her not to end the marriage because of the children.

She pointed out that he had not paid too much heed to her or their children’s feelings as he’d repeatedly cheated with his boss.

He vowed to end the affair.

We later learned from B that A had ended the affair but the trust in their relationship was gone. They used the holiday that they’d been saving for originally as a make or break time to salvage the marriage. The cheating partner investigation led to separation and divorce which were obviously hard to bear but B found peace of mind and started again, glad that she hadn’t ignored her instincts and thankful that she’d trusted leading private investigators with her case and that we’d acted with discretion and tact.

It may interest you to learn that A was an acquaintance of one of our private investigators. We don’t break confidentiality, whatever the reason. Although our private investigator was aware that A was under investigation there was no chance that he’d abuse the trust of B. It doesn’t matter if we drink with them at the pub, know them from the school run or if they came to our wedding 5 years ago. X Three Surveillance Ltd.’s clients are guaranteed privacy.

As a footnote, when the marriage ended A tried to build an honest relationship with his boss. She’d viewed the affair as a bit of fun and soon tired of the more mundane everyday relationship with him. They split, he had to find a new job and a new home.

B is still recovering from the loss of her marriage and trying to not tar everyone man with the same brush. She knows that not all men (or women) cheat. She just has to find the prince instead of kissing another frog.

If any of this resonates with you please contact us by phone or the chat option on screen. Remember, we’re human too. We don’t judge and we never belittle a situation. If it bothers you, it bothers our private investigators.   

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Employee Investigations

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Have you got a workshy employee?

Case study:

A company Operations Manager contacted us. She believed that one of their field engineering staff was sneaking home early, starting late and purposefully being inaccurate on timesheets used by payroll and operations departments.

She had identified that there may be an issue when a client called at 4.20pm to say that the engineer had left their premises at 3pm advising them that a job was finished but they still had a problem. They wanted to know if the engineer could return to them and correct the fault which they felt was probably of their making as “teething troubles.”

The customer helpdesk called the engineer on his mobile at 4.25pm to be told that he was still on site, that the client was wrong and that he’d look at the problem right away.

The client was advised of this. He didn’t press the matter at that stage because he wondered if he had made a mistake believing the engineer had gone.

The work was carried out by the engineer and everyone, he believed, was happy. He was wrong.

On his timesheet, he claimed to have been on site from 8am until 6pm all week which meant he was entitled to overtime. The Operations Manager had, by this time, received another call from the client who was not pleased to be made a fool of. He had several colleagues who could vouch for the fact that the engineer left early and the resultant problem had been an installation issue – the engineer’s fault.

Questions were asked. The engineer was adamant that he was on site as per his timesheets and grew angry when challenged. This raised suspicions. Was this the first time the engineer had lied, falsified timesheets, left client premises early and in essence defrauded the company he worked for?

The Operations Manager knew that taking one word over another would lead to an endless game of he said this/she said that so she contacted X Three Surveillance Ltd.’s employee investigators.

As qualified and experienced employee investigation specialists, we were able to help the manager achieve her objective, to find out the truth.

We placed a cutting edge GPS tracking device on the engineer’s vehicle. ( This was a company vehicle and the employee had already agreed to be ‘mystery shopped’ ‘monitored’ in his original work contract) Its whereabouts were recorded with an accuracy of 5 metres, alerts were set up for specific areas, in this case the engineer’s home address; and the data was accessed by password awarded staff (only the Operation’s Manager) in the workplace and it was saved so that a case could be built for a disciplinary over weeks and months.

This tracking does not need to be constantly monitored. Thanks to technology, the normal tasks of the Operations Manager were not affected by this employee management tool.

We kept surveillance and took photographic and video evidence.

This provided our employee investigators with solid facts about the activities of the engineer and we gathered HD quality evidence that proved when he said he was at work in the several instances that the Operation’s Manager called to “touch base” that he was really at home, in the supermarket, the cinema and even the local swimming pool with his children on one occasion. Our findings were corroborated by the GPS tracking device records.

The engineer was also assigned a university student who was learning about the job. (Yes, an employee investigator working undercover.)

It’s ridiculous but the engineer was positively proud of his exploits and fooling the boss. He had no problem sharing his misdemeanours with the raw recruit who looked harmless to him. After two days, our employee investigator was still unknowledgeable about the engineering tasks but conversant in how to play the system in terms of timesheets, overtime, mileage and so on.

The firm also checked the engineer’s mobile phone signals to check locations. It was no surprise that the incident that triggered the employee investigation was found to be wholly accurate on the client’s side. Records showed that the mobile phone mast nearest to the engineer at the time he was allegedly still at the client’s premises was three miles away.

Working with the Operation’s Manager we obtained the evidence and details that she needed to instigate disciplinary proceedings.

We learned that at the hearing the engineer was defiant even in the face of the evidence, which he claimed was manufactured, fake, photoshopped and a breach of his privacy. (It was not. All privacy laws are adhered to strictly.)

Sadly, the engineer’s time with the company came to a swift and uncomfortable end. He’d proved himself a liability, a liar and a fraudster.

X Three Surveillance Ltd.’s employee investigators and the Operation’s Manager followed all legal and ethical requirements and the engineer had no recourse. Although he threatened to take the firm to a tribunal this didn’t happen. There was no case to answer.

That isn’t the worst case our employee investigation team has worked on. We have carried out undercover investigations that unmasked bullying and intimidating behaviour between colleagues and ended the suffering from several cases of sexual harassment which were subsequently answered with justice. Thanks to our dedication, accuracy, goal achievement and friendly, sometimes unassuming manners, we get results.

We melt into the environment and become one of the team quickly so that we are not compromised. We report to management discreetly and the person under investigation has not put the proverbial two and two together and realised we were undercover investigators as they faced the consequences of their actions.

Please note: X Three Surveillance Ltd. never hires subcontractors to carry out an investigation because they could deliver less than our extremely high standards specify. Subcontractors are not guaranteed to have the optimum levels of training or technology and their passion for the work may be diminished because they are certain of a payment from the company they’re working for. We don’t take risks with your money, your good opinion and faith in us.

If you have a troublesome workplace situation please allow our employee investigation team to establish the facts. That’s why we call ourselves “purveyors of fact.”

Fraudulent Sick Leave

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Fraudulent Sick Leave Investigations

What can you do as an employer when you believe that an employee is taking fraudulent sick leave?

  • The good news is that you aren’t powerless against fraudulent sick leave.
  • The great news is that you can challenge someone’s fraudulent sick leave.
  • The best news is that X Three Surveillance Ltd. can take your case and resolve it efficiently.

The step of hiring a private investigator to carry out a surveillance operation to prove or disprove your theory that an employee is enjoying fraudulent sick leave at your convenience may seem intimidating but fraudulent sick leave costs your business in several ways.

  • The team morale suffers.
  • Productivity dips.
  • The atmosphere grows tense.
  • Gossip can run rife.
  • Accusations are made.
  • Profit is affected.


  • The employee receives sick pay.
  • They also enjoy time off.
  • The channels to challenge an official sick note aren’t helpful.
  • Their plan to exploit your firm works…for a while.

X Three Surveillance can provide cost effective services and visual evidence with reports for disciplinary and dismissal procedures.

Please ensure that any surveillance and investigational work is carried out by a top rated, industry accredited, professional and experienced fraudulent sick leave case operative. Using a “cheap and cheerful” service may seem tempting but if the evidence they source is not suitable for disciplinary action or they are reckless in their work the power may return to the employee who could sue for unfair dismissal if the right sort of evidence isn’t presented.

Always place your trust in absolute professionals like X Three’s private investigators or it can have serious ramifications.

To initiate a fraudulent sick leave investigation the employer should:

  • Take legal advice for their protection.
  • Have a fair reason for taking action. A suspicion or use of a rumour is rarely sufficient in law.
  • Remember that an investigation will be proportional to the issue. This means that it will be tailored towards the work based goal and not purposefully encroach on an individual’s privacy.
  • Have confidence that surveillance is an excellent and effective tool when other means cannot be used or they have been exhausted. For fraudulent sick leave cases we recommend that prior to professional investigations it’s helpful for a firm to follow the Human Resources process and to pay a visit to the possible fraudulent sick leave claimant.
  • Allow that surveillance will be in public places. This will not affect an employee’s right to privacy under the Human Rights Act 1998. Expert surveillance operatives abide by the rules.
  • Evidence gathered should be reviewed by a medical professional or expert source. X Three’s team can provide visual images in still and moving format but this evidence will need assessment and comment from them. A private investigator cannot make the case for or against the potential fraudulent sick leave claimant under their own initiative.

For discreet, timely, professional and accurate fraudulent sick leave investigations you can trust X Three Surveillance, the area’s number one.

Work Place Theft…..! Undercover Employee

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Workplace theft in Manchester

Workplace theft in Manchester, or anywhere, can be a contentious issue.
No one likes to be accused, effrontery is a common effect and staff interviews can become like the proverbial “Spanish inquisition.” Morale takes a steep dive and accusations fly, people may appear circumstantially guilty but aren’t, suddenly the innocent claim that “I can’t wait until pay day” takes on sinister undertones.

Workplace theft in Manchester examples:

• Maybe a till is repeatedly light.
• Perhaps personal property disappears.
• The petty cash tin is emptied.
• A purse goes missing.
• Stock is unaccountably dwindling.
• Office resources are “walking.”
• Intangible theft. This is of intellectual property e.g. an idea not an object.

Workplace theft in Manchester is not a situation that can be allowed to fester or build in resentment or gravity. The answer lies with X Three Surveillance Ltd. We are the number one rated firm in the Greater Manchester area with an outstanding reputation for case planning and execution. We also understand that discretion, competence and experience are vital tools in sensitive theft investigations. We’re local experts and we want to help clients.

The sooner that an answer can be given to the question on everyone’s lips, namely “who stole it?” the better the work environment and productivity can be.
A workforce that is under investigation for theft is hardly going to be thrilled to be at work and enthusiastically throwing themselves in to their tasks. The atmosphere shouldn’t be allowed to become toxic.

X Three can investigate workplace theft in Manchester through various routes which we would discuss and evaluate with the client. It is perfectly law abiding to secretly investigate workplace theft in Manchester using private detectives. We adhere to legislation.
Investigations, undercover investigations, surveillance and lie detector tests are some of the eminently suitable and technology assisted avenues to finding out who is responsible for your incident(s) of workplace theft in Manchester.

Our task is primarily to find out the who and why about the workplace theft in Manchester.
We can double check records, spreadsheets and documentation to see if there is a common trend which suggests a particular worker.
We’ll work with you to establish if workplace theft in Manchester is actually a training issue not a crime. Perhaps an accounting error is being made repeatedly and this is distorting figures.
We can watch activities and analyse the entry/exit and restrictions around an area. For example, is it possible that customers could be able to get in to the staff only area to steal?
We can spot weaknesses and offer advice on preventative measures for the future.

On completion the police can be contacted and legal proceedings entered in to if necessary.
Whilst you can contact the police at the outset of a workplace theft in Manchester scenario it is equally feasible to obtain facts via private detectives.
X Three’s private detectives work swiftly but comprehensively to identify workplace theft in Manchester culprits.
Place your trust in our expert private detectives and restore peace of mind.

Save money with a private investigator in Manchester.

A private investigator in Manchester works for individuals, commercial clients, legal and insurance sector contacts.

Maybe you are taking a look at the X Three Surveillance Ltd’s website and our private investigator in Manchester information but in all honesty you watched a crime drama on TV last night and it made you intrigued about what we do. We understand, it’s your lunch break and our work is interesting.

The flipside of dramas are that they don’t show the wide range of activities which a private investigator in Manchester becomes engaged in so people think that we spend our time rolling on car bonnets, shooting baddies and driving like maniacs in pursuit of people the police couldn’t catch! Actually, our workload is a lot less sensational but extremely satisfying.

Hiring a private investigator in Manchester can save a business, legal partner, private client or an insurance company a large sum of money.

Let’s start with the insurance company.
X Three’s Surveillance Ltd’s private investigator in Manchester team works on:

• Fraudulent insurance claims.
• Fraudulent compensation claims.
• Fraudulent personal injury claims.

The private investigator in Manchester’s role is to ascertain if a claim has foundation, is being embellished or is eligible for the payout the client aspires to and provide proof.
Halting claims with critical visual evidence can end the campaign of fraudsters which saves the insurance companies a fortune.

In a domestic or private client investigation a private investigator in Manchester will work on:
• Co-habitation cases in which funds are being fraudulently issued.
• Vehicle tracking.
• Cheating partners investigations in Manchester (this keeps us very busy.)
• Missing person.
• Tracing relatives.
• Lie detector tests.
• Theft.
• Tenant issues.
• Abuse/unsociable behaviour.

This can save a lot of time for clients as well as money. Our private investigator in Manchester team has resources which are not in the public domain but help find people.
We have experience and qualifications in vehicle tracking and theft investigations. Cheating partners investigations dominate this sector and our caseload is packed with love triangles and tribulations.

In business we coordinate services for the following:

• Vehicle tracking of fleets/individual vehicles.
• Employee background investigations.
• Industrial espionage.
• Workplace theft.
• Substance abuse.
• Discrimination.
• Intimidation.
• Harassment.
• Lack of adherence to legislation.
• Fraud.

X Three Surveillance Ltd. allies cutting edge technology with the very best private investigator in Manchester team to positively affect client’s lives and work.
We are proficient at working undercover, are elite surveillance operatives and our detective work is solid and renowned. So, why try to get to the bottom of a troubling or irksome matter yourself when hiring a private investigator in Manchester through us will save you from further loss of money, stock, time, resources, staff and confidence?

Protect your home, business, legal or insurance concerns with our private investigator in Manchester services. We’re here to help, today and in to the future.

Vehicle Tracking

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Your vehicle tracking specialist

Don’t you wish that you could find out exactly where someone is without leaving the office or home? To be able to check if they are where they say they are and allay suspicions?

The excellent news is that technology in the hands of our vehicle tracking specialists

is waiting for you. Your wish is granted.

X Three Surveillance Ltd. is a renowned and reputable vehicle tracking specialist. We use cutting edge technology to track a vehicle and deliver data to a computer or smartphone screen which is password protected so our client can access the data.

Our vehicle tracking specialists are called to offer these services for two primary forms of client:

In the workplace. Management can monitor fleet vehicles and field staff remotely and simply. (Employee A says they are in a meeting in Barnsley. The tracking device places them in Manchester, at home.)

Cheating partner investigations. (They say they’re at the gym so why are they two miles away from the gym?)

Investigations are discreet and the subject of the tracking won’t be aware that they are being tracked unless the client tells them. All clients can be assured that our vehicle tracking specialist team is skilled, trained, qualified and experienced at positioning the vehicle tracking specialist technology without being detected. We never break confidence and we can advise you on the ethics of vehicle tracking specialist investigations.

The vehicle tracking specialist software records and saves data so that you can deliberate on your next step, whether that’s to continue to build a case or to confront the person.

The information provided by the vehicle tracking specialist technology is comprehensive so a client can analyse not just the route and position of a vehicle but how long it has been static.

It also records and sends text alerts for specific areas when they’re entered or exited.

For example: Pete tells his partner that he popped in to see a colleague, Sally, after work (again) which he says took ten minutes but then he got stuck in traffic, was shopping, met someone he knew plus any other excuses. The vehicle tracking specialist software has recorded that Pete spent an hour parked on The Street – known to be Sally’s address and then went home. No delays were experienced.


An employee is making deliveries in the Bury area after leaving the Altrincham depot. At 3.30pm the vehicle tracking specialist device records that the vehicle is in a WA14 postcode area, i.e. in Altrincham. A text alert is sent to the logistics manager who has had the text alert vehicle tracking specialist service set up for any vehicles returning to the WA14 postcode area ahead of the shift end time of 5pm.

The vehicle returns to the depot at 5pm but in the preceding hour plus the vehicle has been parked on an A road three streets away from the depot. What has the employee been doing?

You can trust X Three Surveillance Ltd’s vehicle tracking specialist services.

Vehicle tracking – The legal aspect.

Vehicle tracking can considerably aid the locating of staff who are employed in the field, say as sales or delivery workers, and to check that fleet or individual vehicles are where the drivers say they are.

The software which X Three Surveillance Ltd’s expert vehicle tracking team work with saves data and is password protected for the client. For however long it’s needed, there is proof to hand which can be used in disciplinary proceedings if a staff member and vehicle tracking device differ in their reports of whereabouts.

Vehicle tracking devices can be deployed by novices outside of legislation so for this reason we have to stress the necessity of using expert vehicle tracking services. We know the rules and work within them.

Data Protection Act

You may not know that vehicle tracking is governed by the Data Protection Act 1998. Any employee working in the field has as much right to privacy as an office based team member.

The Data Protection Act 1998 is a difficult piece of legislation to comprehend but essentially if someone independently places a tracking device on a vehicle and stores personal data they are breaking the law.

Health and Safety

Under the Health and Safety Executive’s Corporate Manslaughter and Corporate Homicide Act 2007 which was added to in 2008, a vehicle tracking device is recommended as an effective measure for employers to safeguard their employees’ health, safety and wellbeing.

As a third of all road traffic accidents happen to people employed in this work area the HSE has stressed its opinion that the management of risks and the measures to reduce them must lie with the employer.

The additional section added to the Act in 2008 stated that companies can be held responsible for a lack of vehicle maintenance and also for the driver behaviour.

The Information Commissioners Code of Practice for Employees

This piece of legislation is used throughout Europe and sets the guidelines for what may be carried out during vehicle tracking. A monitoring system must be as unobtrusive as possible and tracking cannot be done out of work times for employees.

Our vehicle tracking experts are ICO registered.

Usable data

Our professional vehicle tracking service will accurately give:

  • A live data feed to smartphone or computer.
  • Vehicle location with 5 metres accuracy.
  • How long the vehicle has been static.
  • Text alerts when a vehicle enters or leaves a specific location.
  • How many times particular locations are visited.

The vehicle tracking software is secure and easy for clients to use. Plus, a huge benefit of X Three Surveillance Ltd’s system is that a screen does not need to be viewed at all times, the software saves the vehicle history for review.

Vehicle tracking is effective management and it’s not something that an employee should feel threatened by but as many employees perceive tracking devices as negative it’s important to reassure them that you’re not spying.

X Three would be delighted to help you.

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