Here we are again, the investigation industry in the press for phone hacking. Well, we say investigation industry, is the person accused of phone hacking a private investigator in the true sense of the term ? Does he cover the broad spectrum of services that the established private investigator offers, maybe not. The majority of private investigation companies work within the current UK law to bring investigations to a successful conclusion for their clients. These investigators have usually worked within the PI industry for many years, building their reputations and clients. Many private investigators have been campaigning the government to license the private investigation industry for years. Once this is done I doubt opportunists will be able to hide behind the phrase private investigator.
If you are ever in a situation where you require the services of a private investigator, you’ll want to make sure that the one you choose in suitable for the job. Because they will likely be dealing with delicate, personal information, your private investigator should be professional and trustworthy. While most private detectives operate with the upmost professionalism, there are some who are unreliable and dishonourable. Time should be taken to find the private detective that’s right for you.
When choosing private detectives, you should always ask them about their qualifications and experience. This will help you feel assured about the competence of your investigator and their ability to handle your case. You should also ask about the credentials of the detective agency, for example, how long they have been operating and the types of other cases they have handled.
A good detective agency should equip their investigators with the latest technology, for example GPS devices and cameras. Using these will mean that your case will be solved in an efficient and timely manner. Good private investigators will also be adept at using computers and the Internet. This is particularly important if your case involves the tracking of IP address or emails.
If you are still unsure about your private detective, you can speak to past clients about the service they offer, or ask people to recommend a good agency to you. Also, look into if any formal complaints have been made against the detective agency, and if the complaints were upheld.
The common misconception about private investigators is that they are hard-faced characters who only investigate adulterous individuals. In actual fact, private detectives have a very diverse and demanding job. A major aspect of a private detective’s job is corporate investigations. Corporate investigations are designed to safeguard businesses against damaging or fraudulent activities from internal or external sources.
Internal Corporate Investigations
Businesses can often become concerned that a member, or members, or staff are committing theft from the company. Private investigators can help examine, and find a conclusion to, these issues. They will be able to investigate the history of any employees causing concern, including if they have a criminal record, or any credit problems they may have had. They will also be adept at using the Internet to discover information about people. Private detectives may even go undercover within the company to try to catch the perpetrator of any crimes.
External Corporate Investigations
When you’re conducting business with external individuals, you’ll want to make sure that these people are honest and trustworthy. If you become suspicious of any external business associates, Private investigations can look into their actions. They will spend their time making calls, conducting surveillance and interviewing people. If a business is suspicious of an associate’s actions, then the investigator may have to film or photograph them. These can then be used in evidence against the person. A good private investigator can help you discover if it is possible to have a productive business relationship with certain individuals.
Private investigators sometimes do dangerous work. Often the people we investigate are doing something illegal and if they were to discover that their activities were being monitored they certainly wouldn’t be happy. Even those who aren’t breaking the law are usually doing something immoral – cheating spouses are a good example. People from either category could respond violently if they knew we were keeping tabs on them.
However, they usually don’t suspect a thing. We take steps to make sure that all our private investigations are as discreet as humanly possible. It’s not just a safety issue, of course. When a person knows they’re under scrutiny they don’t behave naturally and we can’t collect evidence either of wrongdoing or of innocence so it is essential that we stay hidden.
Sometimes private detectives do have to come out in the open. Our process servers have to reveal themselves to get the job done and often the person being served with official documents gets pretty angry. We, like most private investigators, have to deal with that as best we can, and balance getting the job done with keeping our staff safe from harm.
There are a host of simple measure that detectives use to stay safe during private investigations. Making sure contact with operatives is maintained at all times goes a long way, and so does knowing the background of the people we’ll have to deal with over the course of an investigation. Knowledge is power, and that saying applies when we think about our own safety as well as the value of the results we provide.