Abbey Investigations

Ireland's Leading Private Investigators

Abbey Investigations is one of Ireland's leading private investigation companies. Our private investigators are amongst the most experienced in the industry. We specialise in insurance claim investigations, company theft and industrial fraud. We are widely experienced in all aspects of counterfeit product detection, and are expert providers of summons & subpoena service. We have an exceptionally high success rate in tracing debtors and missing persons.

We also specialise in counter-surveillance - we can provide and detect phone tapping, phone bugs and vehicle tracking units. Our many years of experience give us the edge over our competitors in matrimonial and family law investigations. We can provide detailed personal background checks to individuals and employers.

Abbey Investigations is one of the leading and longest established investigation companies in Ireland today. With over twenty years experience in the investigation business we are confident that our methods are tried and tested and we are leaders in the industry. We combine modern technology with traditional covert surveillance techniques to achieve optimum results for all of our clients.

Company Director Declan Clarke has a Garda background, and was one of the very first private investigators operating in Ireland. All our staff are fully trained and experienced in handling a wide range of investigations with clients ranging from individuals to small family run businesses, corporate clients to state and semi-state bodies.

Accident / Insurance Fraud Investigation

At Abbey Investigations we have been specialising in insurance fraud for twenty years. Some of our staff have been with us since the commencement of our business. The experience we have is second to none and we have an extremely high rate of success.

With our camera technology we are able to provide video and photographic evidence covering and identifying insurance fraudsters at distances of over 2 kilometers. We are the only investigators in Ireland using such specialised photographic equipment. We are retained by nearly all the leading Insurance companies in Ireland to combat insurance fraud.

Employee Absenteeism

This area of our business has seen an unprecedented growth in recent years. In recent months we have successfully combated numerous cases of major fraud in this area. The most common occurrences are to be seen where employees are working elsewhere whilst still claiming sick benefits from their employers.

In a recent six month period we have had various employees sacked over serious misconduct throughout the spectrum of a companies employment ranks. It is alarming to see the number of employees( often in highly paid jobs with important positions) abusing their employers, and fraudulently claiming sick benefit.

Staff Theft

This is an area where greater vigilance is needed as theft accounts for serious losses in a lot of businesses. Theft can occur in numerous locations - pubs, shops, factory premises and offices.

It is a sad but realistic reflection on our workforce that there are very few premises with employees that are not stealing in some way from their employers.
The main problems associated with small shops tends to be employees stealing lotto cash cards, cigarettes, and also not charging friends and family members the full amount.

On average in shops and pubs the amount of cash that goes missing is four to five hundred Euro per week.

Any factory premiss that is supplying any finished product marketable to consumers will find that a certain amount of their product goes missing each week, and their staff will be the culprits. Our success rate in this field is extremely high, and we have combated a number of large scale frauds being commited by staff. The amount which goes missing in factory circumstances varies greatly, but often can total thousands of Euro per week.

We have had prosecutions and a large numbers of dismissals based on the evidence we have supplied.
Outlined below are the most recent examples of staff theft which we have successfully investigated – the companies involved have not been named in the interest of confidentiality.

  1. Factory products– Drug companies, high value gift companies, companies producing luxury products.
  2. Food products – Butchers, Restaurants, supermarkets, beef factories, mineral waters and soft drinks.
  3. Raw materials from builders providers, timber products from forestry harvesters.
  4. Fuel theft – at petrol stations, from contractors yards, siphoned from trucks and from home heating suppliers.
  5. Alcohol theft from breweries, pubs and wholeslalers.

The above examples consist of only a small selection of the areas where we have had success in combating theft by employees. If a product has a high consumer demand the temptation will always be there for employees to steal.

Counterfeit Goods

This is an aspect of business that is growing for all major companies. Individuals or groups are copying goods and costing companies millions each year. Perhaps the greatest loss is the reputation of the company, as the goods that are produced by the counterfeiters are usually of poor and sub-standard quality. We have had major success with our investigations, and many result in Garda prosecutions.

CCTV systems

Close Circuit Television is a very simple and cost effective method of combating theft by both staff and customers. Its significance in combating insurance fraud cannot be stressed enough.

It is easy to see from the grainy and blurred images seen on the Garda Crimeline series that most premises are protected with inadequate security systems. All modern premises should be using digital video recording systems, commonly known as DVR systems. The quality achieved is superb, images can be stored for weeks on a single unit and if an incident of note occurs during this time, any footage can be burned onto a disc for use in prosecution.

All of our CCTV products are available for rental and purchase.

Visible cameras are useful as a deterrent to crime. The selection available is huge, from the small and subtle cameras to the larger and more intimidating models. These cameras can be incorporated with vandal-proof and weather proof housings.

Hidden cameras are also a very effective method to combat any incidences of theft from tills and storerooms out of view, paritcularly when an incident is ongoing. I would strongly recommend all shops and businesses to install a CCTV system. More and more insurance companies now require a CCTV system to be installed, and the presence of a CCTV system will lower insurance quotes drastically.

Abbey's Equipment

A significant part of our budget is spent on keeping up to date with latest developments in surveillance and photographic technology.
Amongst the range of equipment we use are:

  • Long-range imaging systems capable of acquiring video footage and photographic evidence at ranges of over two kilometers.
  • A wide range of covert cameras.
  • Miniature wireless cameras.
  • Infra red capable cameras rated for use in light intensities as low as zero lux, i.e. Almost-darkness.
  • Vehicle tracking via GPS technology.

Long range imaging systems

Our long range imaging capabilities consist of the best photographic equipment available today, with high-resolution digital SLR cameras and numerous super-telephoto professional lenses with apertures of 2.8 for fast, sharp photos. Our video cameras are also capable of the same high-resolution video All photographic footage can be supplied via e-mail, CD, and also hard copies. All video evidence can be supplied via broadband link, DVD, VHS and HI8.

CCTV Equipment

All of our CCTV equipment is available for hire, and the perfect solution is provided to deal with your specific needs. Our range of equipment is vast, including cameras of all shapes and sizes - from the subtle pinhole covert cameras , to the larger visible cameras which serve as an initial deterrent. Cameras are available with a variety of capabilities, including vandal proof, weather proof, infra red and wireless. Installation is provided by our CCTV technicians, and training in their use can be provided if required. All evidence acquired through the period of surveillance is then used to prosecute the perpetrators – such evidence guarantees a 100% success rate.

Vehicle Tracking

Our vehicle tracking solutions are ideal for large freight & haulage companies, but also have their domestic applications. Our GPS guided technology enables a location reading at any time to within three feet of the location of the unit on request, and route reports can be supplied at the end of the surveillance period.

All enquiries are treated with absolute confidentiality by our expert staff.

If you have any further questions regarding any of the services mentioned on this page, please do not hesitate to contact us.


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