The term private investigator immediately leads your mind to glamorized TV show roles that we see today, but that is not the case in the life of a real-life private investigator. Being a private investigator comes with its own set of conditions such as stressful non-designated work hours, having a trained eye and being fit enough for the job with a focused mind. With increasing crime rates and other issues, private investigators tend to play a significant part in helping identify such crimes, varying from issues of identity theft to stalking cases. You may wonder what else could a private investigator do for you apart from helping solve more well-known types of cases such as the ones above, here are a few.
One of the greater roles played by private investigators is when it comes to insurance and identity fraud. Insurance fraud can take place, where the insurance holder may commit damage purposefully in order to gain the insurance money. To tackle this time of issue, insurance companies hire Private investigators to look into activities that may be suspicious of insurance fraud. Another type of identity fraud that can occur is where the suspect may be using the victim’s identity to commit illegal activities. The identity could be stolen from a deceased person, which makes it harder for the police to track the suspects or of someone unaware of their identity being used. Police divisions use this to investigate more thoroughly as private investigators (PIs) may have access to sources they don’t.
As a person is not considered missing by the police up till 48 hours usually, family or friends can hire missing persons private investigator to undertake missing person cases that they believe may involve kidnappings and something worse off happening to the missing person.
Adultery, Abuse and Illegal Marriages
When cases of Adultery such as cheating takes place, the victim, on suspicion of a cheating spouse may hire a cheating partner private investigator in order to confirm their suspicions and sometimes use it as grounds for divorce. Other times PIs are used are by family members or friends on suspicions of the victim being abused by the spouse and is afraid to speak out, or further used by the authority to justify illegal marriages done in hopes of obtaining citizenship in the victim’s country.
How do they do it?
Many PI’s may investigate via surveillance, background checks and tracking of calls and so on. But depending on the situation some PI’s may tap phones and cars in order to track the suspect’s vehicle or their phones. In order to do this legally, it must be ensured that your PI is a licensed professional, as many PI’s are retired police officers or military officials and would have been trained and informed in these situations.