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Ensuring Your Money's Worth When Hiring Private Investigators

Aug 13, 2008
The private investigation business has been flourishing in the recent years. But unfortunately, some of these professionals take advantage of the opportunity but can not deliver when given a mystery to solve.

What PI's are Into

Private investigation has many faces. Here are some fields that PI's may explore or help solve:

* Homicide - a number of private investigators have specialized in cracking homicide cases. The significant number of unsolved murder cases has inspired a lot of PI's to do business in this field.

* Missing People- this involves establishing clues and connecting links to find missing persons for a number of years.

* Surveillance- this involves closely watching the activities of a subject individual or company. PI's can investigate using different techniques without being noticed by the subject.

* Cheating Partners - PI's can also confirm the extra marital affairs of an individual. . Most of the time PI's are requested or required to have photographs capturing the subject on the act.

* Background Investigation- some companies hire PI's to check on the history of employment of an applicant. A background check is very important in the hiring process since it establishes the trust factor between the new employee and the employer.

Guarantee of the Job Getting Done

When hiring a private investigator for a job, one can either choose from a big firm or a small investigation firm. It is best to know the advantages and disadvantages of the two.
Here are some things to consider when hiring a PI.

* Big private investigation companies have more overhead cost attributed to bigger team and more equipment to maintain. They are also most likely located in the major cities where the concentration of population is. One must consider the effect of these to the cost of the service.

* Major firms may also be handling a number of cases at the same time. There is the tendency to deploy a beginner private investigator. One must check the experience of a PI when hiring, especially for sensitive cases.

* Minor or small private investigation firms are often operated by veteran PI's who have decided to open up their own business. These veteran private investigators have a large network of contacts and resources to help solve a case.

* Choosing who to pick is a matter of sensitivity of case and the set of skills or knowledge it may require from the private investigator.

* It will be best to know the background of the PI who will handle the private investigation. Inquire about the approach that the PI might use in achieving the mission. Ascertain that he has enough tools to appropriately collect all the necessary evidences.

You need to clarify with the PI on which state the surveillance will be. This is to make sure that the activity will not be against any state laws. Any violation of the law will incur criminal charges. PI's who violate the law often have their licenses revoked and some penalties that may be imposed.
About the Author
The author of this article is Benedict Yossarian an Internet Marketing Consultan t. Enquiry Agent is a leading private investigation agency based in the UK.
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