who’s the guy behind this site? Here’s a little bio about me…
Previous career incarnations in law enforcement and investigation…
or going from a cop to a laptop.
In 2012 I had spent almost 9 years as a Police Officer in the UK. My wife and I had decided to move back to our home country of South Africa with our two month old daughter.
Police work and the criminal justice system offered a glimpse into all sides of the human spectrum.
I took a two year career sabbatical from the Police and off we flew.
Now for those of you who know South Africa, employment opportunities can be sporadic shall we say. Depending on your field of expertise.
But suffice to say we experienced three awesome years with family in the warmth of our home countries sun.
I worked an almost three year role in Crisis Management. It was full on but meaningful.
Anything from helping people resolve personal identity theft, to coordinating evacuations of large groups of travellers in natural disaster or conflict zones.
In late 2015 we made a decision to better prepare us as a family unit for the future.
Which led us to the completely logical route of moving our family to a polar opposite country, the Republic of Ireland.
Visited before? Nope.
Well briefly for a 5 day trip to Dublin for a job interview. (on day 2 the email arrived confirming I was unsuccessful in my application)
Had a job in place and accommodation arranged? Nope.
Had an extensive knowledge of the country, culture, way of life? ..um again, nope.
Something led us here though, Faith and knowing it was all going to work out.
Having officially resigned, one day I received the small certificate which encompassed almost a decade of Police work. (I had taken an extended career break from 2012- 2015)
Between x date and x date I had served as a member of the Constabulary.
It was presented in recognition of service to the public of Hertfordshire.
Helping and serving others has always been important to me.
I jumped into a surveillance/private investigation position after a couple of months of arriving in Ireland.
I quickly realised though that this was corporate level service. To Insurance companies.
Anti fraud yes but the ultimate goal was merely saving them money.
The long hours and excessive Country wide travel meant this position wasn’t sustainable long term.
I could have returned to the UK as a cop, but the feeling of wanting to start something online and create life proactively was always there.
Procrastination and fear held me back for awhile. But then..
THE DAILY GRIND HIT THE BONE
As a surveillance investigator an average day went like this;
Awake at 5 am to drive two hours to be at a location for 7 am.
Or awake at 4 am to do the same for 6 am.
A minimum of 8 hours ‘on the plot’ as it was known in the industry.
No rest breaks allowed other than slipping off for a cup of take out coffee. Two of us were supposed to keep the property or person under constant surveillance. Waiting. Reacting. Waiting. Reacting.
After a day of following, a nice 2 hour plus home bound commute loomed. Once home the joy of admin work in the form of a daily report awaited.
In my “Office” the surveillance vehicle.
Between 5 am and 7 pm, for 49 weeks a year it became a vortex where time was literally sucked away.
Time is precious. We never get it back.
It also became an awareness that the personal injury surveillance business was excessive and overly targeted claimants.
3 years worth of placing some of the same people under surveillance off and on showed me that.
I reached a point where I needed to educate my escape.
So I started creating content to allow others to do the same. To educate their escape. In whatever form that took.
It comes in the form of digital downloads and educational and entertaining pieces of content.
Knowledge is king as they say.