Thanks to books, movies and TV shows, many people have a clear mental image of the stereotypical private investigator. He works from a dimly-lit, cluttered, sometimes smoky office in a less-than-affluent part of town. There, he greets a series of walk-in clients — often women — who have been wronged in one way or another.
Usually, his job is either to find proof of wrongdoing or to make the situation right again. To do this, he gets useful information from witnesses and bystanders, sometimes with the help of pretext enquiries. He tails witnesses, takes pictures, searches buildings and keeps an eye out for clues that others may have overlooked. Occasionally, his curiosity gets him into trouble, and he barely escapes being caught somewhere he isn’t supposed to be. But eventually, he returns to his distressed client, letting her know that he’s solved the case.
Some people hire private investigators so routinely that it would be difficult for them to imagine completing a project-whether it’s personal or professional-without one. Other people think a PI is just like an FBI agent – they’re needed only when a catastrophe arises, such as a kidnapping or something equally tragic.
The need for a PI usually falls somewhere between never and always. Although most of the time you can handle matters on your own, there are times when you can truly benefit from a private investigation conducted by an investigator or an agency. The times that you can truly benefit from a private investigator or investigative agency is when expertise is required in surveillance, factual investigations, skip tracing, asset searching, background checks, debugging, process serving, field calls and debt recovery.
What are some Private Investigations?
Here are some examples of private investigations:
-obtain information on the whereabouts, identity, conduct or credibility of a person or company
-conduct background checks or searches of potential lovers, business partners or companies have someone followed to see if he or she is being deceitful
-pre-screen an applicant or business partner
-check the legitimacy of a potential investment
-help research a crime, wrongdoing or threat
-find the cause of fires, property damage or accidents and / or the persons responsible for them
-safeguard your business’ premises, property, assets, people or even information
-locate and recover lost or stolen property
-verify employees’ claims, such as workers’ compensation claims
-access up-to-date computer databases of public records
-“debug” your office or home
Private investigators must have a keen eye, excellent observation skills, and an analytical mind, these professionals use a number of surveillance and investigative techniques to gather accurate info. A private investigator can also be referred to as a factual investigator or private detective. These professionals obtain information on the subject or situation in question. Private investigators are licensed to practice in the state in which they work, and may either work full time as employees or be contracted to work with private detective firms, private businesses and organizations, as well as individual clients.
Although the services they provide may differ depending on the case or industry in which they work, their skill sets are often very similar, as they are called upon to uncover facts and evidence, analyze information, and provide their clients with the results of their investigation.
Private Investigator Equipment List
Being prepared for just about anything is the name of the game when conducting surveillance. Different types of surveillance may require more preparation than other types, but regardless, there are many basic items that every investigator should have.
GPS Tracking Systems from Private Eye (sale only….we do not use them during an investigation that we conduct) uses Global Positioning Satellites to locate, monitor, and track vehicles. Tracking devices can help monitor children, spouses, fleet vehicles and security forces, and locate overdue or missing vehicles. Whether you need to know where your teen, spouse, company car or fleet truck is or has been, our GPS tracking devices are great for all purposes.
During surveillance you are going to need to be able to view subjects over long distances. Every private investigator should own a pair of binoculars. The only thing you need to determine is the size and power of your binoculars.
Video Camera/Charger/Backup battery
If you are going to be conducting surveillance you obviously need your video camera. Don’t assume you won’t need your charger. You never know what will happen during surveillance. It doesn’t hurt to have an additional battery for your camera.
How Much Does a Private Investigator Cost?
Wondering how much hiring a private investigator will cost you? As any experienced operator will tell you, every case is different and must be judged on its merits, so ensure you speak directly with an investigator for an obligation-free quote. In the meantime, here’s a quick guide to get you started.
There’s a world of confusion when it comes to the niche service area of private investigations. Hiring a private eye is something most people will only ever do once or twice in their lives, so there’s a lack of awareness around what private eyes do and what costs are involved.
Whether you need to identify a fraudster, catch a cheating partner, locate a family member or detect a forgery, prospective clients of an investigator will often be fraught with emotion. Making sensible decisions in a frantic state of mind is difficult enough and unfortunately clients are faced with the added risk of unscrupulous providers; which is why you should use us at Private Eye having been established since 1972.
The first step towards getting a good price is to research your investigator to make sure he or she is licensed, experienced and gets results. To ensure you don’t make your difficult situation worse, you need to do some investigating yourself and confirm your investigator operates in an ethical manner.
Why Hire a Private Investigator
Whether you are currently involved in a divorce or child custody case, hiring a private investigator might be the difference between failure and success. A private detective is a professional at gathering facts that will give you peace of mind; and that may help you in court.
While many people will consider instigating an investigation when infidelity is concerned, it can also be effective in child custody cases for visitation rights, discovering abuse, contempt cases, establishing that your spouse is hiding property or finances and determining the truth about assets, income and employment. Private investigators are beneficial in discovering hidden assets because they have access to select databases and records – records that the average individual cannot find.
Private Investigator Australia
Private investigators in NSW operate under the Commercial Agents and Private Inquiry Agents Act 2004 (CAPI). If you are looking for a private investigator in Australia, Private Eye can provide you the services you need from hiring PIs or buying equipment for your own investigation.
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