What You Need to Ask Yourself before Hiring a Private Investigator

25 October 2017
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If you suspect that a loved one or a business associate is being less than honest with you about certain circumstances, you may be at your wit's end. You may have been aware of certain irregularities or stories that simply do not match up for some time, but have not been able to get to the bottom of it. In these situations, you may think that you'll never uncover the truth without the help of a specialist investigator. Before you proceed, however, what do you need to bear in mind?

Why Checks Are Important

There are many private investigators across the country and they vary in their competence as well as pricing structure. You need to take into account a number of factors before you hire one, so that upon conclusion of the investigation, you will be able to use the information uncovered.


Firstly, make sure that they have a valid and current licence. While investigators are allowed to work across state borders, it is best for you to choose one that is based in the state where you have the problem. Go onto the regulator's website and check the credentials for yourself, to be sure. All you will need is the business number and you should be able to see if the licence is in good standing and is paid up to date.

Working Practices

You have to ask some pointed questions to make sure that they know what they are doing. In particular, ask them how they authenticate any videos they will use in the surveillance work, as you may need to use this as evidence in a court. In particular, the videos must be marked with a time and date stamp for every individual scene, or they may be worthless.

Active Involvement

Don't just hire a private investigator and then leave the rest of it up to their discretion. You need to have an active input into the plan, to make sure that it is all logical and above board and you'll need to ask how they will go about it, to see if the solution is acceptable to you.

Above all, you want to achieve a result as quickly as possible and so any plan should be efficient and time based. However, you need to guard against holding back, as embarrassing or difficult as many of the facts involved may be. Without full disclosure, the expert may not be able to do their job properly.

Assessing the Cost

Finally, you need to look at the cost involved in realistic terms. All of this drama has been putting you "through the ringer" and it's about time that it was brought to a conclusion. A veteran investigator will not be cheap, but remember that this is a very skillful occupation.

Getting Started

Talk your case through with an experienced investigator, so that they can begin as soon as possible.