GOT a slight suspicion your partner may be being unfaithful to you? You may wish to consider booking yourself a private investigator.
Alison Harris, 54, from Oxfordshire, gets paid $87 per hour to find evidence of cheating spouses – and also finds missing people and people who owe money too.
Speaking to Fabulous, mum-of-one Alison revealed she swapped her work as a dementia specialist for Age UK for private investigating in her forties.
After her dad died, she studied psychology and then gained diplomas in forensic science, profiling and intermediate criminology.
Now she runs Miss AM Investigating and has revealed the red flags that commonly indicate that a partner is cheating.
Speaking to Fabulous, she said: “The obvious one is if they suddenly start taking an interest in themselves, how they look, perhaps they change how they look, they lose weight, and start going to the gym.
“Another sign is if they carry their phone everywhere. That’s a huge red flag.
“They could also suddenly decide on this hobby that you had absolutely no idea they wanted to do before.
“It can be any sudden change and I think you do realise.”
Alison stressed that contrary to what some people may think, women are just as likely to cheat as men are.
She said: “Yeah, it’s 50:50. I’ve had quite a few male clients.”
Alison stressed the importance of hiring a private investigator if you do think your partner is acting differently.
She said: “It’s better than just sitting there wondering and making yourself really miserable and doubting everything.
“It’s better to know and then you can make good decisions.
“Often when someone comes to me, I think they know the answer, but they just want me to confirm it.
“They may have confronted their partner and been told ‘oh, you’re stupid, you’re just imagining it.’
“I actually give them a definitive answer and they can then move on from that.”
Alison insisted that private investigators may sometimes be “tarred with some kind of seedy little brush” but the majority are “professional people doing a professional and caring job.”
Despite seeing cases such as one person who cheated on their partner with their next-door neighbor, Alison said the job hasn’t ruined her opinion of relationships.
Alison, who is married, said: “That’s life, unfortunately, you have to realize there are going to be people that do that, but it hasn’t given me a jaded view of life.”
Her favorite cases to work on are missing peoples, and one heart-wrenching one was involving a little boy who lived with his mother and grandma.
Alison said: “He’d got to the age where he wanted to know about his father and they didn’t know where he was.
“He was desperate to find him. So she gave me an address that was 10 years old, and I managed to track him down from that. So that was lovely.”
Speaking of how many times she manages to find people, Alison said: “I’ve had a good success rate, I’ve had about 100 per cent success rate.”
While many cases are rewarding, some people who approach her can have more sinister motives.
Alison recalled: “I had a chap phone me up to say that he wanted me to find his ex fiance to get his engagement ring back because it was a family heirloom.
“And there was just something about him that didn’t sit well with me so I said that I was too busy and that I wouldn’t be able to do it.
“And then a couple of weeks later, the police contacted me as he wanted me to find her so he could kill her.”
Alison said when she is approached by a client that she does want to work with, her first step to finding a missing person is to go online.
She said: “Everybody leaves something whether they think they do or not.
“And then just going from there because obviously, I can access different databases to members of the public.
“And then survey them and that should be it.”
Alison admitted that often the job “isn’t very exciting at all, despite what people think.”
She said: “You are just sat there in a car with a really strong bladder.
“I can’t even read or scroll or anything as you’re just watching. It’s a lot of sitting around.”
But once she does find the information she is seeking, Alison said the satisfaction is “brilliant.”
Her first ever case was a woman who bought a property with some friends and lent them some money and never got the money back.
Alison was employed by the woman to see if they had a lodger in the house to prove they could pay her back.
She explained: “Then it was a matter of just being there every morning taking pictures of him and proving that someone else lived there so that they could give her money.”
Alison was prompted to change her career after going through a terrifying mugging incident herself.
She said: “It was in Oxford and I was out with friends and I decided to go home early and I was by a bus stop and this guy just came out of nowhere with a knife.
“I stood there and argued with him and he just lunged a knife at my stomach so I just threw my bag at thim and then chased him down the road.
“This was probably about eight or nine years ago.”
No matter what the case, Alison charges £70 ($87) per hour, and usually finds the information she is looking for in under 10 hours.
She said: “I don’t do it to make loads of money and stringing people along.
“I do try and get the cases wrapped up in a reasonable amount of time.”