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A local private investigator says that there is a higher chance that an infidelity surveillance assignment will be successful on Feb. 13, 14, or 15 than at any other time of the year.

By Jill Connors at
Posted:  February 6, 2012

“It’s just human nature,” says private investigator Ryan P. McCormack, one-half of the Newport-based two-man team at Coastal Investigation Group, in explaining why there is a greater chance of catching an unfaithful person on surveillance during the three-day period from Feb. 13-15 than at any other time of the year.

“Around Valentine’s Day, people naturally want to spend time with someone they are romantically involved with. They let their guard down a little, or maybe one person in the relationship pressures the other one, because it’s Valentine’s Day,” says McCormack, who notes that it’s a well-known phenomenon in the private investigation industry.

“I’d estimate there is a 75% chance of catching someone during those three days, whereas during the rest of the year your chances are less than 50-50,” he says.

McCormack says less than half of Coastal Investigation’s caseload is related to infidelity, and he also says there is misconception about an infidelity surveillance assignment, which people often assume means a physical act needs to be caught on tape. Infidelity surveillance assignments often come from divorce attorneys rather than individuals, and they are looking for patterns of behavior or spending that can be important in a case. “For example, if [the unfaithful spouse] is going out and spending $200 on dinner with someone once a week, but then in court they claim they have no money, then that’s when the video footage can be important.”

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