Sunday, 24 January 2016
Private investigators have been essential specialists in today’s tough, driven, and dishonest world due to one single factor- people need information. The fact that we have access to technology and skillsets that allow us to gather valuable information discreetly means that for instance, companies can employ the services of an undercover investigator to find out what competitors are engaged in or what products they have in R&D. The principles of fair trade notwithstanding, companies still engage in considerable spying as a way to stay informed and continually adjust their marketing strategies to reflect projected changes.
But it’s not just companies and organizations that hire private investigators. Information is needed across all platforms and by all sorts of people. Let’s find out who else may need to hire a private investigator:
The role of the individual who takes on the job of catching a cheating spouse has been parodied in countless movies and television; however this is also part of private investigation. In cases where divorce is complicated, one spouse may insist on gathering material evidence of their partner’s misconducts and use that information to sway the case in court. Aside from examining domestic affairs, private investigators also assist in cases involving missing children, lost loved ones, cases of abuse or harassment at the workplace, and also property damage.
Employers and other Staff
Offices and factories present many situations that may require investigation. When employees engage in questionable behavior or go against company policy in regards to business practices, a PI may be called in to validate ay accusations or gather evidence against the accused. Other workplace situations include security protocols such as extensive background checks for new staff or senior management. These types of checks are meant to point out any applicant or existing worker with a case of arrest, imprisonment, drug use, or any incident, past or recent, that goes against the mission statement of the company or organization.
Both employers and workers tend to value information that has been collected by a private investigator especially in cases where the police don’t have legal right to investigate. Clients usually have a lot of questions when hiring a PI and it is the job of the contractor to explain (to some degree) the methods and techniques available for the case in question.
Insurance Claimants and Civil Investigations
Insurance claims have always raised questions -especially with cases involving personal injury, and private investigators are sent out to ascertain culpability in cases that call for heavy compensation. People get injured at work all the time and faultless employees have to be compensated when they suffer injuries while working.
Of course some cases are more complicated than others and when jobs are on the line and people face charges due to negligence, some private investigative work may be needed to set the records straight. There have been cases where workers tried to swindle their employers by citing any number of legal oversights and issues, and some of these issues have called for private investigation.
Every individual and organization- whether a small enterprise or large multinational- requires thorough examination of credible lawsuits when filed, and if the amount of compensation requested is to be considered benchmark for how serious each case is, then a PI becomes very useful in corporate cases.
When Mitigating Risk
A good experienced investigator carries with them a sea of knowledge about critical issues relating to security, exposure, and vulnerabilities, whether at home or in business environments. This is why PIs work as consultants for private firms, public figures, wealthy individuals, and any number of organizations. Their tasks may involve risk assessment with a focus on vulnerability to theft, fraud or infiltration.
Possible solutions for imminent risk include avoiding the risk, deflecting, transferring risk to another party, or reducing the effect and implementing a plan for recovery. Investigators are hired to come up with solutions for these types of challenges, and both individuals and businesses may need assistance in planning against projected vulnerabilities.
Attorneys and Prosecutors
Private investigators work with law enforcement every day to collect facts that may have to be presented in court as evidence against a defendant. These scenarios call for PI work in civil, probate, and criminal cases where prosecutors have to do considerable wet work to create a strong case. Investigators are used to identify, approach, and vet potential witnesses, collect first account statements, and compare data.
If a testimony doesn’t add up, a PI may be hired to gather additional testimonies or look at a witness’ history to determine if their story is consistent. Clever suspects and defendants have been known to cook up evidence to get out of a serious case, and sometimes attorneys have to rely on the expertise of a PI to compare facts and probe around to find anything relevant.
PI work requires proper training in evidence collection, conducting interrogation and interviews, legal parameters for undercover investigation, languages, critical thinking, etc. It is through good training and experience that these private investigators are able to acquire sensitive information, allowing individuals to make informed decisions regarding their jobs or personal lives.
Most Common Specialties
Here are a few more areas PIs tend to focus on when contracting out:
· Background checks: A third of all investigators offer background checks as part of their specialty. A background check examines personal and professional history and may be used for a variety of applications, such as an individual seeking a license for gun ownership.
· Surveillance: This is used in more serious cases such as missing person searches, infidelity cases and corporate fraud.
· Fraud: Usually defined as misrepresentation with intent to deceive, fraud may be investigated as well as past work experience.
· Accident reconstruction: A small number of PIs offer accident reconstruction but in many cases it is a tertiary service. Factors such as location, cause, and circumstances are closely examined to determine liability in an accident.
If ever there’s a situation that calls for you to gather information about a subject, whether it is another person or an industry, the most effective option is to hire an experienced investigator and have all irrefutable information gathered and presented in an orderly fashion.