So what does a private investigator do? The short answer is: they do a variety of things. However, not all private investigators perform all of these tasks. Some specialize in one or a few of these areas. Below we’ll go over what some private investigation specialists do.
Investigators can investigate crime scenes. This includes investigating a murder scene, where the killer has left some type of clues, such as a bloodied toy or a clue as to how the crime was carried out. Some investigators may need to do background checks on people they are invited into a home or business, just to make sure that there aren’t any public records that show that person have been convicted of a crime.
Another task some private investigators may do is to do surveillance. What does this mean? Essentially, it’s the same thing as what investigative personnel do in the police department. The difference is that investigators spend their time looking for information from sources that the public may not be able to find. If an investigator finds any public information that helps them build their case, they will put it in a file and keep it in case additional evidence is needed later.
One popular area of specialized surveillance that private investigators may do involves tracking down people. Specifically, they may be hired to track down a child predator, an ex-convict, someone with identity theft issues, or someone with financial difficulties. While there are many other types of private investigations, perhaps the most popular ones involve sting operations. These are where a sting operation is carried out in order to get personal information from the subjects involved.
There are many ways that a good private investigator could carry out their job. Of course, one way is to simply follow up on leads that come into their office. Sometimes, simply following up on leads is enough to solve a case, but when it comes to extremely serious or sensitive cases, sometimes hiring a private eye is necessary. When this happens, many private investigators will engage in what’s called “tag teaming”. This is where multiple investigators collaborate on cases all focusing on getting as much information out of the target as possible.
Other times, private investigators may require further information from the subject. In these situations, they may require going to the police. Yes, many police departments are now allowing private detectives to tap their systems in order to gather evidence against criminals. Although it may require the investigator to go to the police, doing so may allow them to obtain more detailed evidence against their suspect.
The last thing a private investigator does is to actually interview the person that they are investigating. If there is even the slightest bit of suspicion that a person is involved in criminal activity, they will perform an investigative background check on them. Although most people have a very reasonable expectation of privacy when it comes to their background, a private investigator can gain access to someone’s social history and financial information. This invasive type of investigation was once only possible to police officers, but with the explosion of background checks, many employers are now allowing private investigators to perform their own background checks on potential employees.
Private investigators are often considered to be much more credible than a regular police officer, due to the fact that they are rarely deployed for their full time duties. Most often, a private investigator will only take on work when their normal shifts are over. This way, they are more likely to be close to the targets that they investigate. With this said, it is important that anyone that considers engaging in investigative work to make sure that they hire someone with experience carrying out surveillance and performing sting operations. It is also a good idea to find out the amount of experience the private investigator has carrying out sting operations; the more experience they have, the better chances there are of finding solid evidence against the target. In the end, it all boils down to the job – choosing the right one.