1.5 Identify possible consequences of carrying out an investigation
Possible outcomes of the investigation and their consequences to client or third parties.
The consequences of the investigation can, to a certain extent, be determined by the objective. E:g. if the desired outcome is to prosecute a workplace thief then the investigation would be aimed at that objective and evidence obtained accordingly.
If the surveillance is compromised the thief may escape prosecution but nonetheless leave the company. Alternatively they could apply to an employment tribunal in relation to the employer’s actions. It is essential that clients and investigators discuss the objectives and consequences of any investigation.