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As an experienced Tampa private investigation company, we’ve spoken with countless individuals who suspect infidelity in their relationship. We’ve learned a lot about cheating behaviors along the way, and know that confronting a partner rarely ends in an honest conversation. An unfaithful partner will likely deny wrongdoing, so the best way to catch a cheater is to act normal, while secretly looking for clues and evidence to back up your suspicions.

A highly effective way to gain evidence against your partner is through a private investigation in Tampa, but there are other ways you can take matters into your own hands first. Here are a few tips from our experts.

Look for changes in behavior.

The first and most obvious sign that your partner is being unfaithful is changes in their behavior. Picking up on these changes will you give a framework for catching them in the act. Has their appearance changed? Are they taking extra time to get ready? Are they leaving early and coming in late? Do they seem anxious before leaving the house or after coming home? Make note of these new patterns, so you can trace them back to the source.

Drop in unannounced.

If you live with your partner, you may be wondering how to just drop in unexpectedly. You can do this by coming home early or stopping by your significant other’s work. Another good strategy is making up fictitious plans that will have you out of the house for an extended period of time. Pay close attention to how your partner acts when they see you. Are they happy to see you or are they irritated and angry? This initial reaction will provide a lot of insight about whether or not they are hiding something.

Check the trash.

A cheating spouse will dispose of any evidence that may give them away, so periodically check the trash bins to look for clues. Look for receipts, items belonging to a person of the opposite sex, photos, numbers, and anything else out of the ordinary.

Follow the paper trail.

Bank receipts and phone records can also provide a lot of information about your partner’s behaviour. A 30 minute conversation at 3:00 am on a Thursday night while he/she should have been home in bed, for example, is a good sign that something isn’t right. Bank statements also provide a lot of key information. Big purchases, withdrawals, and unexplained outings will let you know if your partner is hiding something.

Be affectionate.

The behavior of your partner in the first few moments after they come home speaks volumes. Use this time to be affectionate. If they are coming home from time spent with their lover, chances are they will not want to curl up next to you or give a warm welcome. If they appear distant, irritable, and anxious when you attempt to be affectionate, this could be a sign of infidelity.

Hire an investigator.

Even with evidence, however, it will be hard to catch your partner red handed. They will likely have excuses for their behavior, so for concrete proof that can not be denied, it may be worthwhile to seek out a professional to conduct a private investigation in Tampa.

If you suspect your significant other is being unfaithful, schedule a consultation by calling us today at (813) 468-3504 or submitting our consultation request form.