Sydney Parents Are Hiring Detectives To Spy On Their Kids
In an age where more and more parents are fearful about the safety and welfare of their children, it's been revealed that some parents are taking the extreme measure of hiring a private detective to report on their kids activities.
Parents predominately from the eastern suburbs and north shore are paying to have their children followed when they leave home.
In Sydney, NSI Global Counter Intelligence chief executive Navid Sobbi has told the Daily Telegraph there has been a sharp increase in demand from parents concerned that their children may be hanging with the 'wrong crowd' thanks to the use of social media and messaging apps.
“The higher use of smartphones, people using messaging apps to meet up, we have noticed the increase with all these activities,” he said.
“Usually the concern is drugs, violence, criminal activities (and) stealing.”
David King, who is the owner of Lipstick Investigations, says parents from affluent suburbs were happy to pay thousands for a detective to spy on their children for weeks.
“Potential drug-related issues are their main concern, that has increased over the years,” Mr King said.
“Often it is marijuana, there are some pills and whatever, and the odd bit of ice usage and that’s a shame at that age.”
“Basically, you give us a schedule of hours you want observations carried out and we do the rest. If you can narrow down the times that are most important it shouldn’t cost too much at all.”
Mr King said he uses younger detectives to follow school-aged children so they would be less likely to be noticed.
The detectives have been known to hide cameras in public spaces and even dig through litter to find evidence of suspicious behavior from school-age children.
Wayne Carney, of Special Operations Group Australia, advises parents to buy backpacks fitted with clandestine GPS trackers.
“You’re monitoring their movements,” he said.
“It is about peace of mind and making sure the safety and wellbeing is taken care of.”