A private investigator, or private investigation agent, is an individual who may be employed by individuals, companies or NGOs to undertake investigative duties. Private investigators specialize in many areas of investigation such as corporate security, employee theft protection, tracking down missing people, protecting investment funds, assisting witnesses in legal proceedings and performing background checks on individuals. They may also conduct personal interviews to obtain information pertinent to a specific case. Private investigators can either work independently or for a larger company. In recent years many private investigators have been drawn into political activism due to the growth of eco-terrorists and anti-war movements.
Private investigators protect their clients’ legal rights and fully investigate and collect all admissible evidence in an orderly manner. The private investigator provides investigative support in many areas including corporate security, corporate fraud detection, employee theft protection, background checks, asset recovery and enforcement of intellectual property rights. They provide support in the pre-investigation stage, identifying the most appropriate individuals for investigation, background checks, criminal history checks, credit history checks, fingerprinting and more. They perform a number of surveillance tactics such as video surveillance, GPS tracking, phone surveillance, computer surveillance, and physical surveillance. They are constantly updating their skills to keep up with changing technologies and trends.
Private investigators protect their clients’ privacy rights by getting information from sources that cannot be afforded to them under any circumstances, such as confidential sources. For example, private investigators are often hired to track down a missing person. The investigator tracks the individual using various methods; if the person goes out of touch with family or friends or if they change locations; the investigator traces the individual to obtain all the necessary information. In this case, locating information through public records was impossible; locating information on missing persons has become possible because of private investigators.
Private eye companies employ private investigators to take photos and videos of crime scenes and related areas, in order to assist police departments with their daily operations and generate leads. Additionally, they are utilized by the press and the media to take photos and videos of suspicious activities and place voice samples to identify suspects. It is important for private investigators to understand all limitations and regulations set forth by local, state and federal law. They have to follow and abide by all restrictions, which can make their services illegal. In order to maintain professional and ethical working environment, private investigators must understand all local, state and federal regulations and know their responsibilities.
Private investigators are also frequently hired to gather evidence against employees, criminals and suspects, for labor and insurance purposes. In order to hire a private eye, the police department will perform an evaluation of the business that is being investigated. Based on the report from the police, the private eye will then be hired to gather evidence. The objectives and scope of the surveillance will vary depending on the scope of the employment. Private eye may be hired to collect evidence for an employer to determine whether his employee is performing his duties and are trustworthy or not; or to gather evidence in order to confront a suspected employee against whom there is strong evidence.
In child custody battles, private investigators may be employed to gather evidence against parents who are suspected of harming their child. Evidence gathered may be used as a bargaining chip in the custody case. In other custody cases, private investigators may be hired to gather evidence that will help the custodial parent win custody of their child. This type of evidence will help the court make its decision. In every type of case, it is extremely important that private investigators are aware of all state and federal laws, so that they know how to legally gather, store, compile, evaluate and deliver any information or evidence that is associated with a specific case.
Private investigators play a vital role in maintaining social media privacy. Many times people on social media sites such as Facebook, MySpace and twitter use their platform to air out their frustrations, get information about others and complain. With social media, there is no longer a need to worry about your privacy being invaded. Private detectives will be able to gather that information legally and appropriately. This allows employers to hire the best possible employees while still ensuring that their company and employees are keeping protected. Employers also have the right to choose which type of employees to hire based on past records and intelligence gathering rather than on the individuals’ social media activity alone.
In this day and age of extreme privacy concerns, many employers are opting to hire private investigators to get information that is legally necessary and may not be available otherwise. Without consent, many social media sites and companies such as Facebook take down pictures and videos that have been shared without consent. In addition, companies use phone records and GPS location to track the activities of their employees. With no consent, companies are able to obtain a tremendous amount of private information about their employees. The use of private investigators is a smart business move to avoid legal issues.