Can you trust the results of a Lie Detector Test?

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When our Liverpool client called to enquire about booking a Lie Detector Test in Liverpool, he wanted to know how reliable the test results would be.

He had already conducted a search using the internet and had researched our company by looking at our website ( He found it really useful reading our blogs and watching our online videos. He had also taken our advice, which I have published both in blogs and videos on many occasions. This is to check who your examiner will be and confirm that they are members of both the U.K. Polygraph Association ( and American Polygraph Association (

We have recently identified 48 false advertisements on Google maps all relating to one business that claims to have office locations nationwide. The listings are there not only to take advantage of how Google maps identify a search but also they mislead potential clients into thinking that the business has a local office near them. If they cannot be honest in their marketing strategy, what else will they deceive you about? Thankfully, our Liverpool client conducted all those checks and decided to book with us.

His issue had caused him sleepless nights. His business (manufacturing wooden structures such as cabins and shed) had been closed down during the lock-down. Out of boredom rather than necessity, he regularly popped into his factory as an excuse to get out of the house rather than to actually conduct a particular task.

During one of his visits he noticed an order sheet that detailed a very expensive wooden building that he called a “man shed” with all the extras. The client knew that the building had been manufactured just prior to the lock-down but he couldn’t find the structure or any part of it in his factory. To complicate his life further he also noticed that the company email had a number of messages from the client who had commissioned the structure, asking when it would be delivered.

His immediate reaction was to call two fellow directors, the only other company employees who had keys to the factory and knew the alarm codes. The Liverpool client explained that his two Directors had been surviving without pay since the lockdown and he knew that this fact had caused great financial strain on them both. He had never had doubt about either directors honesty in the past but the fact that the items were missing from a secure factory, which only they had access to coupled with his knowledge of their dire financial positions kept eating away at his trust.

The client called a directors meeting at his Liverpool factory. The paper audit trail for the order was examined together with their clients emails and cross references were made to check invoicing for materials the company would have needed to complete the structure. One of the directors, who dealt with the sales and marketing had personally taken the order and was absolutely sure that the project had been completed and was ready for delivery. The other director who dealt with the accounts, said he had no particular recognition of the order but that would not have been unusual, they all agreed.

The meeting began to unravel into accusations, finger pointing and tempers became frayed. The client suggested the only way to clear everyone of suspicion was to each submit to a polygraph lie detector test. At first both the directors were against the idea but after much debate they both agreed.

We conducted all three lie detector tests at our Liverpool office. The Liverpool client and the two co-directors attended in turn and were adamant that they had nothing to do with the structure going missing from the Liverpool factory.

Each of the examinees passed the polygraph lie detector test and to say that our instructing client was not happy with the results is an understatement. He was convinced that one of the directors had stolen the structure and sold it on. There was nothing that we could say that would convince him otherwise and he now had no confidence in the lie detector test results.

This was an extremely disappointing end to our involvement. Both co-directors were now convinced that the lie detector test was a reliable process of proving their innocence , but our instructing client now felt totally opposite.

How does this link with our heading? – can you trust the results of a lie detector test?

Well, the tests were conducted in Liverpool a few days ago and today the finance director of that company called to apologise for his behaviour at the start of the lie detector test, which he said was down to being accused of something he had not done. The fact that the lie detector test results supported him had given him some respite but thankfully he also took the time to tell us that the structure had been located and delivered to the client. It had apparently been loaded onto one of the delivery vehicles on the day the employees were furloughed and as a was the usual practice, the driver had taken the vehicle home, complete with load. It wasn’t until the driver called to check when the factory was opening again that he mentioned he still had to deliver the man shed!

If you require a polygraph lie detector test that you can rely on, then please visit our website or call us on 0203 965 1755

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