The Neill Group are Wellington’s longest established private investigators. The Neill Group carries out private investigations throughout New Zealand and worldwide.
The Neill Group suggests prospective clients to employ private investigators who are licensed and members of the World Association of Detectives or the New Zealand Institute of Professional Investigators.
Private investigators are commonly referred to as private detectives, PI’s or private eyes. The Neill Group provides a comprehensive private investigation service with a team of contracted private investigators who have decades of experience investigating theft, fraud and infidelity (suspected cheating partners).
The Neill Group are New Zealand’s specialists for the investigation of sensitive personal, business and commercial matters. The Neill Group has a team of highly qualified and experienced private investigators to uncover the truth, deliver the facts and provide you with the peace of mind you deserve.
Our private investigators are sourced from the defence forces, law enforcement and intelligence sectors. We take pride in delivering our clients precisely what they need, in a manner in which they most need it.
With this in mind, we have developed a methodical and meticulous set of practices and protocols that is followed on every investigation to ensure we offer high-quality professional services based on recognised international best practice.
The Neill Group are committed to:
- Operate in a 100% legal manner – complying with relevant legislation
- Have a long and impressive track record of achieving positive results
- Utilising the latest equipment and technology to provide indisputable evidence
- Ensuring our evidence is 100% legally admissible in a court of law or legal arena
How do private investigations work?
It is vital that our Wellington and nationwide team of private investigators get to know you and your situation.
Entering into an investigation without a proper briefing or without a solid foundation of insight and understanding is unprofessional and unacceptable, we urge you never to work with private investigators who manage their business in this manner.
At The Neill Group, we start with a planned and methodical approach based on the information provided and the intelligence we receive. The manner in which we investigate your case depends upon the objective and outcomes we agree on during our initial meeting.
With a solid foundation in place, we can begin the actual investigation. As with any reputable private investigators in New Zealand, we cannot initially put a deadline on the investigation.
Some cases are solved very quickly, others take much longer – The private investigators deployed by The Neill Group are well known for their tenacity and positive results!
We will update you regularly, keeping you informed of progress and the status of your case. Communication at every stage is a key element and is something to which we are committed to as one of New Zealand’s leading private investigators.
- Cheating Partners
- Insurance Claim Fraud
- Employee and Workplace Theft
- Surveillance (Static, Mobile or Electronic)
- Commercial, Criminal and Private Investigations
- Tracing Debtors, Defendants, Witnesses or Missing Family Members
Are you seeking to locate a friend or family member? Whatever your reason, you can count on our private investigators in Wellington and throughout New Zealand can assist you.
Our private investigators have managed a broad range of requests from clients both within New Zealand and worldwide.
Clients request us to help them fight custody battles, fraudulent claims for compensation or insurance claims, suspected child abuse and highly sensitive personal matters.
Our Wellington and New Zealand based private investigations are conducted with the highest level of discretion and professionalism – At The Neill Group, we gather intelligence and valuable evidence to deliver the facts.
We have a large team of Wellington and nationwide private investigators who have a wealth of experience in uncovering the truth. We use modern technology, including the latest surveillance equipment to complete our tasks with formidable expertise.
If you have doubts about your partner’s infidelity, we will be happy to talk with you and take the necessary steps.
It is likely you will have a feeling that there is something different about your partner as meeting another person will have brought about a change in their life; a change that they are unable to hide completely from you, changes to behaviour and body language become evident over time.
- Do they come home late more regularly now when they always used to be on time?
- Do they avoid picking up their phone immediately when you call them? Or do they tend to miss your phone calls?
- Do they miss calls on their mobile phone on purpose when in the same room as you or leave the room to take phone calls?
- Have they started to care more about how their appearance? If they are suddenly taking more care in their grooming, this may indicate they are impressing a new partner.
- Are they talking a about a certain person in their life, whether a new friend or a co-worker? An increased interest in someone else could mean they are already acting on infidelity.
- Do they check their messages or emails at strange times and in a secretive manner? This covertness could mean they are hiding something from you.
- Are they avoiding intimacy? or do they want more? Cheating can lead to a decrease or increase in intimate activities.
- Do they shower immediately after returning home from work? This could mean they are washing the scent of another person’s perfume or aftershave.
- Do they keep their mobile on them at all times, even in the bathroom? A person who is engaging in calls and texts while cheating will not leave their phone.
Our private investigators will take the time to discuss your situation with you, our decades of experience allows us to identify the “red flags” and provide you with the right solution using discretion and diplomacy.
With the amount of data that’s legally available on the internet, we can carry out open source investigations and present you with the information you need to handle suspicious claims.
We have our own proprietary methods of locating information and use a range of intelligence gathering tools to find the evidence you require.
When you instruct The Neill Group, you will have the peace of mind knowing that our investigations are carried out in line with legal requirements. We also work with legal firms to prepare the documentation and evidence required.
Child & Youth Investigations
We use recognised best practice for covert surveillance to determine what happens when a parent or caregiver is with their child. We document any signs of abuse or neglect that is observed and gather evidence that may prove a child is being abused.
We can confirm if a parent or caregiver engages in criminal activity, neglect, or other activities that would directly affect a child’s welfare. Based on the evidence gathered, parents and the courts can determine what to do to ensure the child’s safety.
Dion Neill was one of the first licensed private investigators in New Zealand to carry out investigation assignments for the Accident Compensation Corporation (ACC). Dion works closely with a number of major New Zealand and international insurance firms to confirm the validity of injury and disability related insurance claims.
Injury and disability insurance claims can amount to substantial amounts of money which sometimes requires validation prior to any compensation or payment being made to ensure the entitlement is correct.
When it comes to investigating insurance and corporate fraud you need to be proactive in defending yourself or your company against false claims. Although insurance claims are meant to help people in need, several individuals intentionally take advantage of the system and commit fraud.
Although insurance fraud is on the rise, most business owners aren’t equipped or experienced enough to carry out a professional investigation. Whether you’re trying to negate the validity of claims made against you or find out whether an employee is misrepresenting facts for their own gain, contact us.
Fraud & Theft Investigations
Dion Neill and his nationwide associates possess decades of experience investigating fraud and theft related matters for commercial clients, government agencies and private individuals.
Fraud is a worldwide concern with an estimated cost to New Zealand business and government agencies estimated at $6 billion a year. Fraud occurs in any business no matter its size or stature.
Fraud inside a business or organisation frequently occurs through poor internal controls and processes, this allows a window of opportunity for people in positions of trust and responsibility to carry out offending such as theft or fraud.
We know fraud can damage a company or organisations reputation, brand and culture. workplace theft is on the increase!
Fraud is a major problem for New Zealand organisations and most companies don’t have the appropriate governance systems in place to circumvent fraudulent activity.
Private Investigators have also seen a sharp increase in fraudulent worker’s compensation claims. While some employees do genuinely fall ill or suffer from injuries, others might exaggerate the impact of the injury or illness to increase the payout of their claim.
We have a proven process that lets you get to the bottom of the matter, discreetly, professionally, and legally. We utilise physical surveillance in the most cost effective way to help you uncover the truth.
We have earned an outstanding reputation for carrying out professional investigations on behalf of insurance companies, organisations, and business owners.
We can help you get the evidence you need to lessen the impact on your business.
- Increased insurance premiums
- Lost time of the employee
- Cost of replacing the injured or ill employee
- Cost of training the new employee
- Overtime incurred by staff covering the absent employee
Despite all the costs, a large number of dubious claims go undetected because they’re not successfully investigated. We have fully equipped with the right intelligence gathering tools that will give you practical results.
Finding the individuals responsible for a theft is only the first step; putting in place the remedial processes and policies following the incident is our ongoing commitment to protecting your long term interests.
Drug, Alcohol & Substance Abuse Investigations
Do you suspect your family member, partner or employee maybe using excessive alcohol, taking drugs or illegal substances? Did you know that if drugs are used on your property, you can also be prosecuted for their criminal activity.
Alcohol and drug abuse is known to be the source of criminal activity and the foundation of anti-social behaviour. Our alcohol, drug and illegal substance investigations will help to provide the answers you are seeking.
Physical or Psychological Abuse Investigations
Is someone in your life a possible victim of physical or psychological abuse? Private Investigators will provide the evidence to help protect you and your loved ones. The factual evidence provided by private investigators are often used for the basis of a complaint to police.
It is important for everyone to understand that surveillance is both legal and ethical. We only conduct surveillance for legitimate purposes and in accordance with legal requirements. Surveillance is a powerful tool used in investigations where evidence is obtained in order to secure prosecutions – substantial intelligence is often gained from these operations.
The current measures of surveillance and intelligence gathering include insurance claimant surveillance, domestic related surveillance and surveillance for theft or fraud related investigations.
Since the market is saturated with spy gadgets, now more than ever, it’s becoming easier for people to eavesdrop on your private conversations or trace your whereabouts. If you feel your privacy is being compromised through the use of eavesdropping devices, you need professional help.
Our expert team of counter surveillance specialists leverage the best TSCM equipment available and can sweep your home, office or vehicles of any eavesdropping equipment or GPS tracking devices.
If you’re dealing with highly confidential financial, personal, or legal matters, you need to make sure you’re not being watched, monitored or recorded. We have just the right equipment, tools, software and personnel to make sure your confidential or private matters are kept discreet.
It’s easy for someone to slip a bug or a hidden camera into your home, office or vehicle. Stop sleeping with one eye open and get the help of the experts in the field. We know how to identify even the tiniest transmitting devices left in the most unsuspecting places so that you can get on in life with confidence.
We have clients approaching us for various reasons. Some have been involved in divorce and custody battles while others have been owners of businesses dealing with disgruntled employees. We’ve also been approached by people like single women who felt they’ve been watched or recorded.
With our experience and highly sophisticated equipment, we’ll conduct thorough electronic and physical searches to make sure your privacy is no longer compromised. If you have a strange feeling that someone is eavesdropping on your conversations or recording your actions, don’t wait until it’s too late.
We have high-end equipment that enables us to do the following:
- Identify recording or transmission devices in homes, retail stores, offices, research laboratories, hotel rooms, vehicles, and special sites
- Look for GPS tracking devices, smartphone monitoring devices and hidden audio or video recording equipment
- Comprehensively sweep all areas of your home or office
- Disrupt spy cameras and other hidden transmission devices
- Collect the evidence you require to investigate the matter further
Reclaim your right to privacy and find out what’s really going on.
Technical Surveillance Counter Measures
Our contracted specialist can detect hidden cameras and listening devices often referred to as “bugs”. Our specialist can locate hidden cameras, tracking devices and spyware.
The law forbids the use of hidden cameras and recording devices without an individuals consent. It is a clear breach of privacy when an individual places surveillance on another individual without their consent.
People install hidden cameras and listening devices for a variety of reasons, in some cases to gather evidence of a cheating partner or sensitive personal information, competitors secrets, business plans, designs or financial information. People often look for more information than they’re entitled to.
Be aware of the following:
- Locks on your doors that appear different
- Interference on your phone, television or radio
- Furniture that seems to have been moved around
- Trades people showing up at your home or office for no reason
- People who know something they shouldn’t such as what you did over the weekend although you didn’t tell them
If you feel threatened, unsafe or suspicious, it’s worth assessing your risk. Even if you don’t see any signs but feel you’re being watched, don’t risk it. Get in touch with the counter surveillance experts at The Neill Group and protect yourself.
Formal interviews can be conducted to support civil, criminal or personal investigations. Our interview process includes the format used by the police and other law enforcement agencies based on PEACE, cognitive and the Reid interview techniques.
Audits & Reviews
The Neill Group conducts nationwide mystery customer programme designed for the commercial and retail sectors. We covertly audit the communication, compliance and integrity of your customer services people. Covert visits to your business are known to uncover potential areas of loss and identify risk to your business.
We have a forensic expert available to investigate a wide range of cyber-crimes including online fraud, stalking and harassment.
Our I.T. forensic expert we can assist with revealing the true identity of anonymous blogs, fake websites, Facebook profiles, email communication, website ownership, IP addresses and the forensic recovery of information.
We live in a digital age where we bank, shop, work and communicate online. While digital innovation has its own set of advantages, there are challenges too. The internet can be used to orchestrate criminal activity all across the globe. Each day millions of individuals and businesses fall prey to internet security threats and fraud.
These threats can take the form of stolen identities, online scams, data theft, compromised bank accounts and more. Despite all the precautions you may take to improve your security posture, cyber criminals still find new ways to penetrate online systems and retrieve the information they require.
If you think you’re at risk of being scammed because someone (maybe even an online dating partner) asked you for money, your passwords or online credentials, you need professional help, don’t delay, contact us today!
We have access to high-end software and hardware that enables us to carry out our investigations quickly and efficiently. We are also well-versed in the rules that dictate how far we can go to gather the information our clients need.
We keep you updated throughout the process and ensure if a device is to be transported it is properly and securely wrapped. We only utilise well known couriers and leave nothing to chance.
Our expert computer forensic and data recovery specialists strive to uncover the data you’re looking for. We tailor our processes based on your needs. We’re able to recover data from a broad range of mobile electronic devices such as iPads, iPhones, Android devices, USB Drives, Sim Cards, Portable Hard Drives, Computers, and Laptops.
We will examine devices, recover lost or deleted data and then use the latest forensic search technology to give you the evidence you need. Our data recovery and forensic experts ensure they deal with all matters discreetly and professionally.
Whether you need to retrieve lost or stolen data to present the evidence in court or whether you need to find out if your partner is withholding information from you, we’ll help.
We have the experience and the latest technology to uncover even the most well-hidden data. We will guarantee you data recovery even if the data is deleted or lost from smartphones and other mobile devices.
We recognise the importance of retrieving lost or stolen data quickly and efficiently. Our computer forensic and data recovery specialists use cutting-edge forensic search technology to gather evidence and retrieve data.
The Neill Group has a proven track record for retrieving data and preparing evidence. We have assisted many clients find the answers they’re looking for, and we’re happy to do the same for you.
The handling of product and stock – both in retail and distribution – generally operates with an acceptable shrinkage percentage to allow for losses incurred through internal and external factors such as damage, breakages, faults and theft.
Often, many of these losses are caused by data entry or coding errors, and can be reduced through the introduction of improved internal processes. Once stock is accurately accounted for, the true extent of fraud or theft can be established.
Modern technology has allowed covert cameras to almost be undetectable. Our technical surveillance expert uses the latest in technology covert cameras to detect criminal offending and provide evidence in criminal matters.
Covert cameras provide quality footage to expose what is happening inside your business or your residence.
We have access to a highly trained undercover agent who has years of experience within the intelligence field. Our undercover agent are commonly used inside a business premises to detect theft, fraud, unexplained loss and to prove criminal offending.
Undercover operations successfully reveal activities including the use of alcohol, drugs and in some cases, workplace bullying. Our undercover agent supports our investigators to gather evidence that can be used for a criminal prosecution or to assist with civil litigation.
Criminal Defence Assignments
While all criminal cases do not require the services of a licensed private investigator, in cases that do, the use of a private investigator often becomes one of the most important members of the legal defence team.
Private investigators employed by the defence team performs specific tasks in order to prepare an effective defence against criminal charges. The investigator will review the police investigation and if required, re-interview witnesses to discover if there are any changes to their statements or to establish any new leads of inquiry.
While some people believe it’s easy to search a person’s name on the internet to find out more about them, that is simply not enough. Everyone you come across or deal with has a past.
Whether they’ve had a boring past or an interesting one, you’ll never know until you request a background check. A background check could disclose valuable information about a person which could, in turn, change the way you feel about them.
Are you in a relationship with someone who’s engaged in criminal activity before? Maybe you’re about to hire a finance manager who might engage in dishonest practices at the workplace.
You’ll only know their true colours when you request a comprehensive background check. We have clients requesting us to perform a background check on everything from relationship issues to people named in a will.
The reasons why people request a background check are many, but the solution still remains the same. We understand that people and businesses need to move quickly when the time comes to making personal or corporate decisions.
We offer detailed background checks that allow you to reduce your personal, business, and security risks. Thanks to modern technology, a discreet background check allows us to find out about someone quickly before we give them the opportunity to be in a position of trust or to potentially harm us.
A comprehensive background check will reveal a person’s driving record, credit history, education and with their consent, criminal history. Employers routinely carry out background checks and screen prospective employees, you should do the same in your business and personal life.
Whether you’re suspicious about a new dating partner you’ve found online or curious to learn more about your child’s partner, we understand your concerns and want to help. Our private investigators know how to uncover even the best kept secrets so that you can put your mind at ease.
Our main aim is to give you all the information you need so you can be in the driver’s seat and make smart decisions faster. Our range of innovative and on-demand solutions are perfect for people as well as businesses.
Our private investigators are located in every region and district of New Zealand and have the necessary skills to perform a complete background check on prospective employees, business partners, friends and family.
We have the resources and techniques to identify the following:
- Full name
- Date of birth
- Social media activity
- Property ownership history
- Current and previous addresses
- Information on the people residing at the current address
- Financial history – insolvency and bankruptcy checks
Our highly trained and experienced private investigators will thoroughly research all websites and online platforms that are open to the public and others that are not. We strive to uncover every single detail we can and accommodate all your requirements. Our experience means you can make informed decisions faster and with great confidence.
Due to the sensitive nature of the information we collect, we follow strict confidentiality processes. We ensure the information we collect is stored securely and destroyed appropriately. Whether you’re a company or an individual, we want to help you uncover the information you require.
Our background and intelligence specialists will get to work on your behalf so you can continue to focus on your most important endeavour. By leveraging our services, you can minimise your chances of liaising with the wrong people.
By using the latest open source investigation methods, we can gather information from numerous social media sites and online dating platforms. We can tell you the age of the subject, their background, location, and more.
We take the time to understand your objective and then talk you through the entire investigation process. We will keep you updated throughout the case and communicate our findings discreetly.
If you have any doubts or concerns, before you make a personal or business commitment, consider a discreet background check by a Private Investigator.
We call on an expert methamphetamine testing agency to assist us in detecting methamphetamine (meth), commonly referred to as ‘P’.
Our associates provide independent methamphetamine testing in the Wellington region and throughout New Zealand for real estate agents, landlords, commercial property owners, vehicle rental companies or private individuals who need assurance their property has not been used for the manufacture of drugs.
Social Media & Online Relationships
We have assisted clients to find the answers they were looking for. Our social media and online dating investigations are perfect for those who need evidence to handle cyber-bullying, cyber-stalking, defamation, custody battles, divorces, and more.
You could even request for a social media investigation to find out whether your partner is faithful to you or not. Our highly experienced private investigators conduct investigations on all manner of internet dating and social media sites.
With so many people leveraging the power of social media and online dating sites, it’s become easier for criminals to take advantage of people using sites like Facebook, Instagram, Tumbler, Twitter, and more. Social media investigations will tell you whether the person you’re interacting with online is claiming to be someone they’re not.
By carefully investigating the subject’s online activity, photos, new posts and followers, we can establish character, uncover the person’s true thoughts and intentions, find out who the person usually interacts with, and even tell you whether they’re having a secret affair online.
Are you looking for a relationship online? A search to connect with someone for a relationship can make you vulnerable and as a result, these emotions are often used by offenders to access your private life including your bank account, assets and personal property.
Internet or online dating has changed the way people meet, no longer are face to face meetings necessary to kindle a relationship. What happens if the person behind the computer screen is not the person they say they are? Online dating scams and internet based fraud is now very common and rapidly growing, anyone can be targeted.
We have access to high-end software that enables us to carry out our investigations quickly and efficiently. Our private investigators have a good understanding of ethics and know exactly what kind of evidence courts accept.
We are also well-versed in the rules that dictate how far we can go to gather the information our clients need. Our team of private investigators have the capacity to monitor the subject’s online social media activity. They know when and how to set up alerts to track new posts and account creations.
While anyone can conduct a social media investigation online, not everyone knows what evidence needs to be pulled for it to be admissible in court. Leave the investigation to us and get the answers you need fast.
\We go beyond and look for hard-to-find information in places seldom accessed. Consult with a private investigator before you make any important business or personal relationship decisions.
High staff turnover, unsuitable employees and dishonest staff can ultimately cost your company or organisation thousands of dollars in time, money and resources. That’s why it’s important you recruit the right person from the very beginning.
While it is likely that your candidates are presenting themselves honestly, a simple background check by a private investigator will assist you to identify any possible history of dishonesty or pattern of behaviour that is not aligned with your best interests.
Each and every day many families have to deal with profound grief, anguish, and confusion when they come to realise that their loved ones have gone missing. The reasons why people disappear are many.
Some people intentionally go missing because of illnesses like anxiety and depression. Others go missing when they become a victim of a crime.
We understand how helpless you can feel when you can’t solve these mysteries of disappearance on your own. We use a combination of tools and techniques to search far and wide for the person you’re looking for.
Our private investigators are compassionate and highly resourceful. They use a range of proven investigative services like field calls along with online data mining to gather information on a subject’s whereabouts.
Attempting to locate birth parents, siblings, debtors, witnesses or defendant? We will assist you to find the missing pieces – we know the internet is a useful tool for locating people, but, it often provides incorrect or historic information, employing a licensed Private Investigator will often open new avenues of inquiry that may lead to a positive result.
We work closely with legal firms, enforcement agencies, financial institutions and private individuals who are seeking to locate a person of interest. We provide a professional tracing service that utilises proven information sources, confidential informants and effective tracing tools to assist in tracing anyone within New Zealand or worldwide.
We have extensive experience in locating debtors who often go to great lengths to remain hidden. With our experience and resources, we can trace or confirm the location of your debtors and provide you with the details of our findings efficiently via email.
As private investigators, we use our technical prowess to search many databases. We understand that no two cases are alike. That’s why we tailor our approach and track down highly valuable and relevant information.
The process of locating an individual is very challenging and time-consuming for business-owners, individuals, and law firms. We understand that we might encounter difficulties, but we make sure we employ the best strategies to overcome these challenges.
As reliable and trustworthy private investigators, we take your safety and confidentiality very seriously. We do our best to scrutinize every avenue of inquiry and ensure that we’re very discreet in all our undertakings.
If your own attempts at locating a person or a debtor have left you empty-handed, don’t despair. We live and breath investigations, and we’re here to help you uncover the facts and provide you with the information you need.
Whether you’re chasing after hard-to-find debtors or looking for a missing child, talk to us about your concerns in confidence.
Trade Mark & I.P. Infringements
We are often instructed by legal firms to investigate infringements of branding, international copyright and trade mark patents along with the unauthorised use of logos and theft of intellectual property.
Dion has personally carried out extensive trade mark and intellectual property investigations for some of the world’s leading brands, including: Adidas, Armani, Microsoft, Nike, Playboy and Sony PlayStation along with official worldwide licence holders of sports merchandise and movie memorabilia.
As a result of Dion’s investigations, legal process were also served on the individuals concerned and the counterfeit products were destroyed under a court order.
New Zealand & Worldwide
The Neill Group are based in Wellington with a nationwide network of field agents, private investigators, security specialists and legal process servers (document servers) in every region of New Zealand, including:
Northland, Whangarei, Auckland, Wellsford, Warkworth, Orewa, Albany, Takapuna, Mangere, Manurewa, Pukekohe, Coromandel Peninsular, Thames, Waihi, Whangamata, Whitianga, Waikato, Hamilton, Te Awamutu, Cambridge, Huntly, Morrinsville, Matamata, Putaruru, Tokoroa, Otorohanga, King Country, Taumarunui, Te Kuiti, Waitomo, Bay of Plenty, Tauranga, Te Puke, Whakatane, Kawerau, Opotiki, Rotorua, Taupo, Turangi, Murupara, East Cape, Gisborne, Tolaga Bay, Tokomaru Bay, Ruatoria, Te Kaha, Taranaki, Wanganui, New Plymouth, Stratford, Hawera, Waitara, Inglewood, Manawatu, National Park, Waiouru, Taihape, Palmerston North, Marton, Bulls, Feilding, Ashhurst, Foxton, Horowhenua, Levin, Otaki, Kapiti, Waikanae, Paraparaumu, Paekakariki, Wellington, Plimmerton, Porirua, Tawa, Johnsonville, Upper Hutt, Lower Hutt, Wainuiomata, Hawkes Bay, Wairoa, Napier, Hastings, Havelock, Waipukurau, Dannevirke, Wairarapa: Featherston, Pahiatua, Masterton, Carterton, Greytown, Tasman, Nelson, Blenheim, Picton, Motueka, West Coast, Westport, Greymouth, Hokitika, Wanaka, Queenstown, Twizel, Alexander, Te Anau, Canterbury, Christchurch, Kaikoura, Ashburton, Southland, Timaru, Oamaru, Dunedin, Invercargill, Balclutha, Mossburn, Gore.