An excellent tool for
In 2018, private investigator Bernhard Maier became the first Austrian ever to receive the award “Security Professional of the Year” by the World Association of Detectives (WAD). He has tested the brand-new Philips VoiceTracer thoroughly and is convinced that the recording device is perfectly suited for the work of private investigators.
Mag. Bernhard Maier, MA, CFE is the owner of the detective agency BM-Investigations e.U. and has worked as a self-employed private investigator for more than 20 years. He studied Political Science and Security Management in Vienna. His clients include banks and insurance companies for which he carries out fraud investigations. Since autumn 2018, Austrian television channel ATV has aired the reality soap ‘Betrogen’ (Defrauded) that shows the real investigations of Bernhard Maier.
Private investigators rely on recording devices such as the Philips VoiceTracer primarily for 2 areas of their work: observations and questioning. “During an observation assignment, it is normally not possible to take notes. A dictation device is used for documenting occurrences and the courses of events. After the assignment, I use the audio notes to prepare a detailed report,” Bernhard Maier explains. He continues, “On the other hand, it is frequently required to conduct questioning as part of the investigations. Writing down notes during questioning often has a counter-productive effect on the flow of speech of the interviewed person. Recording these interviews makes my work much easier as I can fully concentrate on the conversation.” To this end, he has always relied on dictation devices, using tape recorders in the past, and today digital audio recorders, such as the Philips VoiceTracer (DVT7110).
Intuitive operation and quality are vital
Private investigators have special requirements as far as documentation is concerned. Intuitive, “blind” operability, ruggedness and quality are all vital features. Bernhard Maier explains: “Often, we dictate while on the move, thus while walking or while driving. Our attention is always on the target. It is therefore crucial that the device works reliably and can be operated by a few simple clicks. In addition, it must be robust. It has happened to me more than once that the device slipped out of my hands during an observation assignment. If it then falls apart into umpteen individual pieces, I have a problem.”
As far as questioning is concerned, the important aspects include the sensitivity of the microphone, the battery life and the storage capacity, and the handy size of the device. It should be as small and as inconspicuous as possible.
He can unreservedly recommend the tested Philips VoiceTracer (DVT7110) to his colleagues in the industry: “The device is perfect for use by private investigators because it meets the requirements of our job and is a quality product,” Bernhard Maier states. Also the initial operation worked smoothly. “Starting up the device was as easy as pie. Its handling is highly intuitive. Basically, you can start working immediately, without long and cumbersome preparations. Menu navigation is self-explanatory. Anybody who has worked with a dictation device before can use the most important functions of the device immediately,” as Bernhard Maier describes his experience.
The device is perfect for use by private investigators because it meets the requirements of our job and is a quality product.
Mag. Bernhard Maier
Owner of the private investigation firm BM-Investigations e.U.