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Lifting of COVID-19 Restrictions and Summer: Prime Time for Web Profile Reports and Surveillance


If you’re wondering if requesting Internet Profile Reports and scheduling surveillance with the current state of affairs is worth the effort, the answer is YES, NOW MORE THAN EVER!

The past few months have left us all cooped up, overwhelmed, anxiety-ridden, and eager to get back to “normal.” Summer is here, and state COVID-19 restrictions are easing by the day.

In New Jersey’s case, parks, campgrounds, beaches, boardwalks and additional outdoor activities are open, such as golf courses/driving ranges, shooting ranges, boat/fishing charters, etc. New Jersey is also now allowing outside gatherings of up to 25 people, just announced the opening of child care centers, non-contact organized youth sports, and youth day camps/summer rec programs, and waiting on plans to allow outdoor dining.

The spring and summer months ALWAYS bring endless activity, but the summer of 2020 will be much different. People are ready to GO, and so are we!

We refer back to an article by Jonathan Tilove reported in Claims Journal about a New Orleans private investigator, Mark Avery, who coined the term “Mardi Gras Syndrome.”

According to Avery, “Mardi Gras Syndrome” is characterized by “an excessive urge to drink heavily, a desire to attend numerous outdoor events such as parades, carrying people on their shoulders, running, jumping, twisting and lunging for beads, standing for extended periods of time, etc.”

The Tri-State area’s “Mardi Gras Syndrome” centers around Memorial Weekend to Labor Day Weekend. We have a feeling this will be the Tri-State area’s “Mardi Gras Syndrome” of all Mardi Gras Syndromes with the continuing of lifting restrictions.

There is spring cleaning to be done, landscaping to tend to, and much preparation for the summer. Memorial Day has passed, and with more lifted restrictions, we are expecting busy Fourth of July and Labor Day weekends, among countless, random weekends that people decide to vacation and get away from the homes they’ve been cooped up in. These are prime stomping grounds for ICU’s Surveillance Investigators to document fraudulent claims, and for our Analytical Investigators to document all social media activity that accompanies it. Utilizing our Internet Profile Reports to monitor social media accounts prior to surveillance also provides us with countless leads.

  1. Preparations for vacations, camping trips, etc.

  2. Putting children on shoulders.

  3. Heavy packing.

  4. Carrying heavy coolers.

  5. Walking/biking/jogging miles of boardwalk, trails, etc.

  6. Towing excessive beach equipment (umbrellas, toys, chairs, overstuffed beach bags) down beaches.

  7. Lifting, carrying, and loading hefty luggage in/out of a vehicle and to/from home.

  8. Excessive preparations for barbecues and parties (grilling, cooking, loading ice/alcoholic beverages/coolers/etc.)

  9. Drinking to excess, causing slips, falls and “injuries,” doing drugs (which may help in proving the character of the individual).

  10. Parades/celebrations are truly up in the air.

The spring and summer months also bring activity that has nothing to do with celebrating, but with spring and summer preparation or renovations to subjects’ homes.

  1. Spring cleaning.

  2. Landscaping to include weeding, mowing, planting, gardening, etc.

  3. Lawn/shrub/tree trimming and care.

  4. Opening and maintaining pools and spas.

  5. Fixing fences.

  6. Painting.

  7. Power washing.

  8. Maintaining recreational vehicles such as boats, wave runners, jet skis, ATVs.

Furthermore, we know that your subjects are not the only people taking time to get out and go. So are you! Schedule Internet Profile Reports and Surveillance before your vacation, relax, and we’ll have your results by the time you get back!

Welcome summer 2020!

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