The vehicle sighting reports have recently been improving drastically in terms of the geographic coverage and number of records updating. Currently the available databases have about a billion records available and are adding 50 million sightings each month. Records are currently coming in from 42 US states.
The commercial providers have been able to grab license plate recognition (LPR) and put it into a searchable database which allows you to search by plate or tag to determine if the vehicle was spotted. If so when we was the vehicle spotted? Last 30 days, 31-90 days or 90 days and beyond…
Here are some examples of cases where a vehicle sighting report could be a great tool to be used in the course of the investigation.
We recently had a case where we needed to conduct surveillance on a claimant alleging a workers compensation claim. He told the employer, the doctors and the attorneys that his home address was his parents’ house. We eventually determined he was living with his girlfriend, but we didn’t know her name.
All efforts to conduct surveillance came up dry because he was never there. We ran a vehicle sightings report on his vehicle and found evidence that his vehicle was always spotted in one intersection where there a number of apartment complexes. We canvassed the area and located his vehicle which was parked in a spot the tied to his unit. Now we could conduct surveillance on this subject and determine what his activities are and where he could be working.