A Private Investigator (who can also be known as a PI, private eye, or private detective) is a professional who is hired by law firms, corporations, insurance agencies, private individuals, or other entities to gather intelligence and confirm or disprove information.
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A professional Private Investigator should generally have a law enforcement background or other relevant experience and training that has prepared them to investigate and research.
Examples, when someone might hire a private investigator, include investigating suspicions of infidelity, performing background checks on potential employees or individuals, investigating the validity of an insurance claim, or finding a missing person. The reasons for hiring a private investigator are numerous, but investigators remain the most effective way to get to the bottom of a complex issue..
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Private investigators can specialise in many different investigation types, so when hiring an investigator it helps to find one who is experienced in the services you require. For example, if you suspect you are the victim of online fraud, an investigator who is highly experienced in computer forensics will be able to recover data, monitor computer usage, and employ other methods to discover any criminal activities.
These are just a few services that a Private Investigator can offer you. However, each clients’ case is different and an experienced Private Investigator will sometimes provide a combination of these in order to obtain the evidence required by the client.
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Below you will find an interview with our principle Investigator regarding a recent TV show. As you will see, not all Private Investigators are stereotypes:
A private investigator’s view on TV drama Jack Taylor
Interview by Laura Barnett
The Guardian, Monday 18 March 2013
‘It does show all the groundwork’ … Jack Taylor.
This interview is mentioned in Wikipedia.
I have never once, in all my 16 years as a private investigator, been held at gunpoint by a drugs baron in an underground car park. This happens in the third episode of this Irish TV series, starring Iain Glen as private detective Jack Taylor. That’s not to say it couldn’t happen: you do come into contact with some shady characters. But the worst experience I’ve ever had was being shoved up against the wall by my lapels when serving divorce papers.
The first time I tried to watch this, I turned it off after 20 minutes. I just couldn’t stand all the cliches: the heavy-drinking, loner ex-cop. That’s not who I am at all. I’m married with two children, and I’m not a former alcoholic. That said, the first guy I worked for was a lot like Taylor: small flat, never married, no kids. It’s a tough job. I work from 5am to 8pm, seven days a week. It can take a huge toll on relationships. I’m lucky my wife is so understanding.
I enjoyed it much more the second time. It does show all the groundwork we have to put in: people think we sit and type names into Google, but we’re out there, pounding the streets. And although I’ve never taken on a murder case, as Taylor does, missing-person cases are our bread and butter.
The term “private detective” is a bit out of date. I associate it with ex-cops like Taylor, doing private work in their retirement. We do matrimonial and corporate surveillance, pre-employment screening; we prefer the term “private investigator”.
Shows like this are great entertainment, but they do give people the wrong idea. Clients ask me to hack phones and emails, not realising that we only work within the law. I was the same: when I was younger, I loved The Rockford Files. It was a great disappointment to find out I couldn’t just pull up outside a house and expect nobody to notice me. In reality, you drive into a road, see the net curtains twitch, and think: “Where on earth am I going to park?”
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