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How Can You Tell if Your Spouse/Partner is Cheating on You?

Suspecting that your spouse/partner is cheating on you is a painful feeling. Regrettably, if you suspect your significant other of infidelity, you may be right. Intuition along with a variety of the following warning signs may lead you to believe that you have an unfaithful partner. Here are some common signs indicating infidelity in a relationship:

Your significant other frequently changes their password.

Your significant other frequently leaves the room to answer his/her cellphone.

Their social media profiles resemble those of a single person.

Your significant other suddenly has much more active social life.

They clear their browsing and history on a regular basis.

Your spouse/partner seems eager to experience more thrills in life.

They take much more interest in their personal appearance (working out, dress, make up, etc.).

Your partner seems less engaged, even lazy.

There is a considerable decrease in intimacy in your relationship.

Your significant other doesn’t tell you that they love you anymore.

They become more secretive.

Your spouse/partner doesn’t want to spend their free time with you.

Their clothes sometimes smell of different cologne/perfume.

Your spouse seems less religious than before.

Your partner seems to be spending more money than usual.

Your spouse/partner becomes very hard to please and seems to always be unhappy or disappointed.

Your spouse argues with you more often than usual and communication becomes very difficult.

Your spouse suddenly works longer hours without explanation.

Unusual charges appear on their credit card statement.

You catch your partner in various lies.

They become defensive or annoyed at the mention of infidelity.

While these warning signs can appear for a variety of reasons, they are typical in cases of infidelity. If these signs appear suddenly, you may want to think of retaining the services of a private detective. Lakefront Investigations, Ltd. offers professional investigative services for individuals in Chicago and throughout Illinois who suspect a cheating spouse or significant other.

If you need help finding out if your partner is unfaithful or need to obtain concrete proof of infidelity, please call us at 847-795-1900 or get in touch with us via our contact page.

How to Choose a Private Investigator or a Private Detective Agency in Chicago?

Retaining the services of a professional private investigator is a wise decision. A private detective can find definitive proof to support your claims or alleviate your fears, such as infidelity in a relationship. A detective agency can also help with matters such as insurance fraud, surveillance, corporate investigations, and legal investigations.

Before you hire a private investigator in the Chicagoland area, you should do your homework and research the agency you are interested in doing business with.

Here are some important questions you need to ask:

Is the Private Detective licensed in the State of Illinois?

Is the detective agency fully insured?

Should I hire a private investigator? You need to find out what’s different about hiring an investigator as opposed to conducting the investigation yourself. What are the benefits? Make sure to get educated, so you can make the right decision.

Do the employees of the Detective Agency seem compassionate or uninterested? Will they really care for you and your case?

Can you reach the Detective Agency when needed?

Do they offer personalized service or do just the bare minimum to get paid?

Are they a full service Detective Agency? It is important that they conduct a variety of investigation types. If they specialize in only one type of case, they may have a hard time thinking outside the box or handle a more complex case.

Do they have experience in the specific type of investigation you are looking to conduct?  For instance, if you are looking for a private investigator for surveillance or child custody cases, you would not want to hire an investigator that does only performs database searches.

Meeting the investigator that will be handling your investigation, whether on the phone, by email or in-person is very important. This will help you judge their level of professionalism and integrity.

What are their payment options? Do they require a retainer? Ask for a cost estimate.

What is their confidentiality and privacy practices? Make sure that the only people with access to your personal information will be the people actually working on your case.

How much experience do the investigators have? What are their typical results?

Do they have access to state-of-the-art surveillance equipment and hardware?

How will you be informed on the progress of the investigation? Will they provide progress reports? What is their strategy?

Most people do not have experience hiring a Private Detective Agency. If you find yourself in a situation where you need a private detective, make sure you do your diligence in order to choose the right agency. Every private investigation is different.  Our approach at Lakefront Investigations, Ltd. is individualized and personal – call us at 847-795-1900 to find out more about our agency and what we can do for you. You can also send us a message through our contact page.

THE INTERNET IS A GREAT TOOL FOR ONLINE DATING … OR ISN’T IT?

Nowadays, there’s no more calling on the phone and asking for a date. If you’re lucky, maybe you’ll receive a text message.

Online dating has become the second most common way for couples to meet. Over an estimated 120,000 marriages start online per year. So why is this concerning?

In some respects, it’s great. You have plenty of people to choose from: all shapes, sizes and with diversified interests. On the other hand, meeting people online can potentially open you up to nightmarish situations. These people are strangers and lots of bad things can happen. So how do you minimize the risk?

It’s incredibly important to know whom you are going to meet before you have that first face-to-face meeting. The easiest way is to have a professional private investigator run a background search. They are reasonably priced but well worth the investment. A background search usually covers the last 20 years of a person’s life. It can tell you about the person’s family, job, civil ligations, liens, judgments, criminal record and a lot more.

Additionally, an investigator will search for a person’s cyber footprint and discover whether or not your potential date has a history of embellishing or fabricating the truth. Stalkers may not have a criminal record but are very dangerous. Everyone has baggage. Some have a fanny pack and others a steamer trunk. Aren’t you worth the expense? Our investigators have many years of experience in finding out the truth about people. We can provide you with a complete profile about a potential partner to aide you in what may very well be the most important decision of your life.

Am I Being Stalked?

So you are in a relationship and for whatever reason you decide you are no longer interested. After breaking it off, it should just be over right? Not always!

Sometimes you find yourself in a situation of uneasiness, scared for you life, harassed and basically just feeling like prey.

Chances are you are being stalked. Here are a few signs of stalking behavior:

  • Someone calling, emailing or texting incessantly.
  • Showing up at your office,home or when you are out in public, unexpectedly.
  • Someone that loves you “too much”.
  • Someone that monitors your phone records or computer history.
  • Has anger issues, whether verbal or physical.
  • He/she won’t take no for an answer
  • Makes threats to hurt him/herself.
  • Makes threats to hurt you.

If any of this sounds familiar, TRUST YOUR INSTINCTS. Make sure that you report it and take the necessary actions to keep yourself safe.

There is no reasoning with a stalker so the only thing you should say is “NO”, once, and walk away. Never engage your stalker and never give him/her a reason to be encouraged.

There are several different types of stalkers. Below are some of the more common types:

  • Rejected Stalkers – these are people who have been in some type of relationship with you. Whether it’s as a friend or a romantic partner, they are not willing to let go even though you have expressed your desire to end it. They are seeking revenge or to make your life difficult because since they can’t have you, they don’t want anyone else too either.
  • Predators – these are people who will stalk you as prey. Usually they are looking for some type of sexual encounter. They are looking for total power over their victim.
  • Resentful Stalkers – these are people who are angry and feel the need to get back at you. They are revenge seekers. They feel that you have wronged them in some way and are trying to punish their victim.
  • Love obsessed stalkers – these are people that fixate on their victims but have had no intimate relationship with them. They believe that they are already in a relationship with the victim and need not to be encouraged in any way. Any positive or negative attention will be perceived as encouragement.

There are several other types of stalkers. As private investigators at Lakefront Investigations, Ltd., we are very experienced in handling cases for our clients involving stalking. We have also been very successful in turning them in to the proper authorities.

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