Worried about how your children are spending their time while you are away at work or managing your business? Don’t be. Private detectives can keep an eye on them.
Private detective agencies across the city are being inundated with requests by parents to track their children’s activities. The agencies say the number of cases received this year is much higher than last year.
“That’s because there is awareness among parents these days. They cannot keep tabs on their children due to various reasons,” said Lomesh Rai, one of the directors of Jasoos Detectives at Vikhroli.
The parents of a 13-year-old girl from Powai had approached Jasoos Detectives two weeks ago.
“Money was missing from the house and their daughter used to leave the house saying she was going to her friend’s place and would return late. We found out that the girl, accompanied by her friends, were visiting the gaming section of a mall and spending the stolen money on games,” Lomesh added.
Private investigators say their clientele are mostly affluent. “A middleclass parent cannot afford to spend Rs 1,000 (the minimum charge) a day to keep tabs on their children. For any case, the minimum time required to conclude it is 15 days. So, even if we take the minimum charge it works out to Rs 15,000 for the entire job,” a private investigator employed with Reliable Detectives, Santacruz (East).
The main query by parents is whether their child is spending money on the right things.
The investigator from Reliable Detectives said a couple had approached them last week to find out how their 17-year-old son was spending his time and pocket money. We found out that the boy was mixing with the wrong people and spending his money on undesirable activities.
Another affluent family from south Mumbai approached Globe Detectives, who have already received eight such cases, to keep an eye on their 21-year-old daughter, a collegian.
“The family owns a business and the parents are required to travel around the world on work. The girl is provided with a car, a chauffeur and two bodyguards but she would always convince the driver to let her take the car alone. The parents approached us last week and we are still investigating the case.
“The girl is mostly seen in the company of boys whom she goes on long drives with. She also consumes alcohol regularly, which her parents are unaware of,” said Rahul Rai, CEO of Globe Detectives.
Rahul added that most of their clients in these cases are from the western suburbs, followed by south Mumbai. “It is just the beginning of the summer vacation. By the end of the month, we are going to be flush with such cases,” Rahul added.