Yesterday, I let our readers know that Chicago CBS local news would be covering a story about Valentine’s Day and cheating spouses/partners. CBS 2′s Mai Martinez spent the day with the staff at MSI Detective Services to talk about why Valentine’s Day is such a busy day for private detectives. Martinez also visited the U-Spy Store (owned and operated by MSI Detective Services) for those wishing to purchase their own spy equipment.
If you missed the segment, you can watch the video by clicking on the link to this story at the end.
We expect florists to be busy on Valentine’s Day and candy to fly off the shelves, but did you know it’s also a busy holiday for private investigators?
Forget flowers and chocolates, all some people want for Valentine’s Day is to know if their significant other is cheating.
This is where Perry Myers and his team of private investigators at MSI Detective Services come in.
Theresa Cheriachangel keeps busy with her case load at MSI Detective Services. She said, “A case that I have going on today, she’ll be meeting her … boyfriend for a Valentine’s lunch, and her husband around the same vicinity, actually, for Valentine’s dinner.”
Wow, that is one busy woman. I couldn’t juggle two men let alone keep a straight face. I am a horrible liar.
Private investigators say the above scenario is often the case, making Valentine’s Day one of the best days to catch cheaters.
“As soon as they leave their house, until they come back, we’ll keep an eye on them,” Cheriachangel said.
For those who would rather do the detective work themselves, you can buy some of the same gadgets the pros use such as GPS trackers. “You can actually see where the car is in real time,” said Perry Myers, private detective and owner of MSI Detective Services and the U-Spy Store.
There is also computer spyware that allows you to look at your spouse’s or significant other’s photos, videos and emails.
You can also opt for hidden recording devices.
Myers demonstrated a small recording device that can be attached to someone’s keychain.
“We’ll be sitting in a bar or restaurant, or standing where someone is involved in something. We’ll press a button, and we’re … videotaping.”
Another option is security cameras which can keep an eye on things 24/7.
U-Spy Store customer Kenneth Ford was at the U-Spy Store when CBS shot its video of this story yesterday. He said he prefers to do his own detective work because he doesn’t trust a private detective.
“The private detective that you hire could be the guy that’s doing the cheating with your wife,” he said.
He joked that he prefers to do his own detective work because his wife might be attracted to a private detective he might hire. “It could be happen like that,” he said.
One more thing…don’t think you are completely in the clear if you get through Valentine’s Day without your significant other going “M-I-A.”
Investigators said people should be wary of any last-minute trips that might have come up for the Valentine’s Day weekend, or other holidays for that matter, because it’s common for cheaters to shift celebrations with their lovers to before or after a special day to make it less suspicious to their spouse or significant other.
Trust should be the cornerstone of any relationship, but if you get that gut feeling that something just isn’t right with your partner, keep your eyes open.
Read story and view video@ cbslocal