One of the most common case requests for private investigators in the UK is to investigate extramarital affairs or to check if a partner is cheating. With social media playing a huge part of our lives, affairs are on the rise, but they can sometimes be harder to spot. Long gone are the days of lipstick on a collar, unusual payments on a bank statement or coming home to the milkman. So, if you suspect your spouse is cheating, what can you do to confirm or deny your suspicions?
Signs your partner may be cheating
It can be difficult to know whether your partner is having an affair, it can often be a gut instinct more than anything. However, there are signs you can look out for that may give you a better clue as to whether your partner is cheating.
Constantly on their phone
One of the most obvious signs of infidelity is your partner constantly being on their phone. However, in this digital age, this may not be uncommon, with a lot of us working from our phone and checking emails and social media. If your partner is being particularly secretive with their phone, won’t share passwords or let you use it, places it face down or does not leave it unguarded, then you may have cause to worry.
Increase in online activity
Social media is a great tool and has allowed us to communicate more than ever before, however, being online has its downsides. It has enabled the rise of so-called “social media infidelity” and an increase in both physical and emotional affairs.
Through the use of social media and online dating apps, it is easier than ever to meet people and gain an emotional connection through shared conversation, even if the messages start from an innocent place.
We are all guilty of putting the best versions of ourselves online, and with it comes a certain belief that other people are living happier lives and creates the “grass is greener on the other side” scenario. This can often push people into flirtations that lead to emotional and often physical affairs. But what are the signs for social media infidelity?
- Your partner is always online
- They are chatting to “new friends”
- They are spending more time on their phone than talking to you
- They have apps with disappearing messages such as Snapchat
- There are flirty or unusual likes or comments on their social media posts
Although there may be many innocent explanations, if you have concerns your partner is cheating, then these are signs that should not be ignored.
Most couples will share finances if they are living together or married, so any money irregularities will not only leave a paper trail, but should usually be easy to spot. A spend in a coffee shop in a place you don’t recognise or purchases you aren’t sure about. As this is the most obvious way for a cheating partner to get caught, they may be careful with how they are spending money, so look for regular withdrawals from a cash machine that may be a cover for where and how they are spending it.
Changes in your relationship
All relationships go through their difficulties, so any changes do not necessarily mean your partner is having an affair. However, there can often be noticeably signs that suggest not all is as it seems.
- Change in appearance or putting extra effort into how they look
- Change in hobbies or preferences
- Becoming jealous and accusatory. Many cheating partners will often reflect their own behaviour onto their other half. So this may include accusing you of cheating or having an online affair
- Giving evasive answers to straight forward questions
A big flag that may indicate something is wrong can be changes to your sex life. If there is a sudden decrease or even increase, this may mean that your partner is having an affair. Either because their interest and needs are being satisfied elsewhere, or they are masking their activities with sex.
Although it may seem strange, your gut feeling can actually be a useful sign as to whether your partner is cheating on you. You know your relationship better than anyone and you are likely to pick up when something isn’t right. Subconsciously, we notice minor changes to patterns of behaviour, so if your gut feeling is there is something wrong, you would do well to trust it. Even if it means your partner isn’t cheating, communicating that you feel something is wrong may well help your relationship survive.
Although all the above signs may be entirely innocent, or even a failing relationship, the doubt can eat away at you. If you are married and/or have children, it is even more important to know whether your partner is cheating on you, so you can take steps to protect your assets and finances should a separation occur. So if you’re looking for proof of infidelity, hire a private investigator with a speciality in matrimonial and partner surveillance services.
How can a private investigator help?
Suspecting your partner of infidelity can be a worrying and stressful time, so to either put your mind at ease or collect the evidence needed to confirm your suspicions and confront your partner, hiring a private investigator can help you.
When it comes to surveillance, private investigators are experts. Highly skilled in all areas of surveillance, they provide a critical service in matrimonial and partner affairs, using a combination of experience and a range of tools and state of the art technology to help you collect the evidence you need to protect your children, finances, and your future.
What techniques does a private investigator use?
Mobile surveillance is one of the key areas in which private investigators excel at finding evidence. They survey the target by car, on foot, or using public transport, and if you choose an investigator with a thorough knowledge of the area and an extensive range of contacts, you are more likely to get results. This type of surveillance allows a private investigator to get a full report of their actions and locations, with photographic and video evidence to highlight their movements.
Some private investigative firms can fit GPS trackers to a range of vehicles. This system follows a person’s movements to a specific location so that you can decide whether their actions are suspicious. This technique is easy to combine with other surveillance services and allows tracking 24/7, even when the private investigator cannot provide monitoring.
When you suspect your partner is cheating, you may need more than vehicle tracking or mobile and static surveillance solutions.
Technical surveillance services are designed to enter those hard-to-reach places by fitting covert devices that reveal intimate conversations and interactions. They can sometimes use this technology to further to prove whether your spouse is cheating or working late by:
- Monitoring their online accounts
- Checking their calls and emails
- Seeing how and where cars are being used
However, for you to confirm or deny your suspicions and get the evidence you need to prove any wrongdoing, it is important for you to find a private investigator you can trust.
A private investigator you can trust – OpSec Solutions
We aim to provide an affordable, quality, private investigator, and surveillance service across the UK. We are a highly regarded, professionally accredited Private Investigation Firm with personnel across the country that provides evidence to court admissible standards in all cases that require actionable data. This requires the utmost discretion, sensitivity, and confidentiality, as well as strict adherence to ethical guidelines and data protection law.
If you suspect your partner of infidelity or need the evidence to file for a divorce, our team is on hand to help you find out for sure what your partner has been up to, but why should you trust us?
- Our divorce private investigators are fully trained in the most up to date surveillance tactics, allowing them to track targets utilising a range of techniques.
- You can trust our divorce surveillance solutions because we’re members of the most reputable organisations in the industry, including the ICO, ISO and ABI.
- We implement cameras, vehicle trackers, and timing equipment to deliver mobile, static, electronic, and counter-surveillance services combined with a full report of the target’s activity.
- We don’t believe in a one-size-fits-all policy. Our divorce detectives listen to your requirements so that we can provide a bespoke service that is tailored to your individual needs.
- With headquarters in London and Manchester, we have agents based around the UK that are available at short notice – whenever you need them.
Hiring a private investigator for suspected partner infidelity doesn’t have to be stressful. A clear consultation with us can help us determine and clear up any awkward details. All you need to do is to arrange a free interview with us, where we will outline our transparent surveillance methodology that you can sign off before we begin. With OpSec Solutions, our matrimonial investigations are all completely in line with the law and any relevant regulations, allowing us to find the actionable, court admissible proof you need. Please contact us today using our contact form on the website or call us on 0844-664-1125.