Liverpool and City and its surrounding areas of Bootle, Halewood, Ellesmere Port, Birkenhead, and Wallasey were all locations for our clients business of dog walking. He had built up the company after retiring early from his council job in Liverpool and now had 5 part time staff working for him. The company used bodycams to record their staff accessing client’s homes whilst they were out at work, to collect their dogs and take them for a supervised exercise before returning them to their homes.
Bootle, Halewood, Ellesmere Port, Birkenhead and Wallasey, had proven a very profitable area to conduct his business and his logo on company vans can be seen all over the Liverpool area on their way to exercise the pets. One of the Liverpool clients customers had recently complained that money left in their Bootle home had gone missing. The customer was not accusing the dog walker but wanted to view the
body-cam footage of her visit on the day the theft took place, so by implication, she did have some basis of suspicion.
She attended the clients office in Liverpool and on viewing the body-cam recording she stated that the walker could be seen entering her home, visiting the room where the dog was kept and after a few minutes she can be seen to move upstairs before the camera is turned off and reactivated nearly five minutes later when the camera records the walker being back on the ground floor. Nothing of her actions upstairs had been recorded. The employee had been interviewed by her employer and denied turning the camera off. She too attended the Liverpool office and was invited to view the recording. The walker explained then accepted that the camera had been turned off but gave the plausible explanation that she had gone upstairs to use the bathroom and had naturally turned the camera off until she had left the bathroom, although she acknowledged turning on the camera had been delayed a little until she was downstairs. This was explained away because she stated she was still fastening her clothing up as
she walked down the stairs.
It was confirmed in consultation with the Bootle client that the money, £40 in two £20 notes had been taken from a table in the downstairs lounge and that there was no suggestion or evidence that the house had been searched. In the pre-test interview the examinee was really concerned that her level of nervousness would have a negative impact on the examination and potentially show her as deceptive when in fact she
was telling the truth. The examiner conducted a thorough pre-test interview and reassured the examinee that everyone who sits a polygraph test is to some degree nervous or anxious, let’s face it, having a lie detector test is not the sort of thing you would put on your Bucket List!
The examinee was guided through the process, with each step being explained in detail and confirmation obtained from her that she understood all of the instructions. Nervous or not, the examinee clearly passed the test, she was overjoyed, her employer was equally as happy and the Bootle dog owner was happy that the employee had been cleared of suspicion and somewhat apologetic that the walker had had to go through the process.