If you are looking to hire a (private investigator, private detective, or private eye) then you will already have some idea, even the slightest idea, that a PI can help you. But maybe you're not sure how. There are many reasons to hire a private investigator whether you are a private individual, commercial business or lawyer.
The purpose of a private investigator or private detective is to help businesses or individuals uncover or find information that's not necessarily easy to find or in plain view. It sometimes takes a trained pair of private eyesto see what you may not see.
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1. Business background check
A business, like a person, has a past and a culture and interacts with many people every day. However what you see may not truly mirror what the business is all about. Private investigators can research and investigate and deliver evidence that you’re doing business with a reputable entity.
2. Child custody case
You’re probably looking for tips on how to win custody of your child. To win a child custody case, you must uncover facts that are compelling – and admissible — in court. Private investigators can serve as a witness in a case and prove facts that are tough to prove on your own. Even a potentially difficult case can turn into a simple one at trial with the right facts and evidence.
3. International due diligence
If you’re thinking about investing overseas, you will face an increased risk for fraud. Professional investigators verify the company or individual with real due diligence, to verify the operations, registration, legal status, criminal and court records, reputation, profitability, and more.
4. Identity theft risk
Identity theft happens when a person’s personal information is stolen and the criminal then commits fraud or theft under that person’s identity. Unfortunately, investigators say identify theft is only getting worse — millions of dollars are lost every year as a result of identity theft – and hundreds of dollars and countless hours are spent trying to repair victims’ credit. Private investigators can help determine who stole your identity and can create a report for you to take to law enforcement. More importantly, expert investigators can advise how not to be a victim.
5. Dating background checks
Whether you met your Mr. or Ms. Perfect online or offline, these days it pays to be cautious. How do you know the individual you met over the internet, or at a bar, is truly who he or she claims to be? You don’t. Clients rely on private investigation companies to conduct a comprehensive dating background check that verifies education, employment, address, criminal and court records, ID or passport, date of birth and more. Investigators also screen the case for fraud and identify risks.
If you're requesting a surveillance, you're usually ninety-nine percent certain that your partner is being deceitful, but you need proof in hand to confront your partner or to support your claims in court in filing for divorce or child custody (unless you live in a state that has no-fault divorce). If handled properly and professionally, an investigative service will gather evidence that will either confirm or eliminate your suspicions.
Stacey knew Brandon was a womanizer. He didn't break up with his last girlfriend until two months after he began a hot relationship with Stacey. Disturbing, but Stacey loved him and hoped Brandon would be different.
Fast-forward one year. Now, she suspects that Brandon's up to his old tricks, maybe even dating his ex. He claims he's faithful, but Stacey still believes he's lying. She needs definitive proof; for example, a videotape of him having sex in the car.
Every week, Martin Investigative Services fields hundreds of calls asking about surveillance services. Eighty eighty percent of the time the callers are female. We invite them in for a free consultation, we take down information on the individuals involved, explain the surveillance process and equipment, discuss fees and payment, and select the best time to conduct the surveillance.
We find it's faster and less costly to our clients if we assign a two-person team to the case. With only one investigator, losing someone in traffic may add hours or days to the process and increase hourly mileage-rate totals. The team should have two-way radio communications along with video and digital cameras.
7. Locating People
Adoptees, birth parents, relatives, former friends, lovers, spouses, co-workers and employers can benefit from reuniting with a person from their past (see Chapter Two). Private investigators access databases, interview acquaintances and piece together clues to track down people with whom you've lost contact. They can use public records to fill in missing information and uncover a new name, address, telephone number and Social Security number.
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1. Pre-employment Screening
Many companies need a background check on applicants. An airport shuttle company may need to check applicants' driving histories with the Department of Motor Vehicles if it's hiring a driver to transport passengers in the company's vehicle.
Perhaps a Fortune 500 Corporation is filling a top management position and wants to evaluate an extensive profile of a candidate that goes far beyond what's on the resume. Interviews with references and other informational searches can provide that.
Or parents may decide to hire an in-home nanny. A PI can check the prospective caregiver's personal, financial and criminal history, as well as her references.
2. Prospective Business Partner
Gary wants to start a small pizza restaurant in his neighborhood. His brother, William, introduced him to Joseph. Now, Gary and Joseph are considering a partnership. Everything looks good, but Gary will be investing his life's savings and he doesn't really know Joseph. Gary may decide that a background investigation by a respected PI could make the difference between success and disaster.
Before you invest your money or time in a new company or other financial deal, you'd better research it. A company may appear perfectly legitimate, with a fancy office, a pleasant receptionist and a readily available list of previous client referrals. But it could be a sophisticated scam. A private investigator can check public records for licensing, small claim judgments, bankruptcies, state and federal tax liens, and other judgments or defaults.
4. Security Consultations
A business may need to secure premises, property, assets, people or even information. Some companies may need only a nighttime security guard or an alarm system. But others need electronic surveillance, a loss-prevention staff and strict computer security. Experienced private investigators can recommend security services and techniques to prevent theft of inventory or to provide for employee safety.
5. Workers' Compensation Claims
Insurance companies estimate that twenty percent of these claims are fraudulent. Even a single fraudulent claim can cost a business tens of thousands of dollars-all unnecessarily.
A PI can look into employee claims to verify their legitimacy. We photographed one claimant happily playing golf, while he supposedly couldn't work because of a bad back. Sometimes, we wait until trash day to learn the truth about the claimant. If a claimant can haul thirty pounds of trash to the curb, maybe his back condition isn't so bleak.
The company benefits in another way as well: This deters future fraud by warning other employees that the company pursues every claim.
6. Law Enforcement
Top echelon private investigators are an integral part of your community's law enforcement. They work closely with police and the court system on the local, state and federal levels. When securing evidence for use in the judicial process, they assist police, the district attorney's staff and lawyers. They conduct searches and surveillance, serve subpoenas, take statements and testify in court.
An added bonus: Because of the role PIs play in the legal arena, they're an excellent source for attorney referrals.
7. Electronic Surveillance Detection
Planting electronic listening devices is illegal and can result in a felony conviction. Still, we receive at least ten calls a month requesting such a service.
If it's illegal, who's doing it? In small and large companies alike, the competition can be relentless and the pressure to beat the competition can be ruthless. This can lead to one company bugging the boardroom of another, maybe by bribing an employee to place the hidden monitoring device.