Saturday, 3 May 2008

When to hire a Private Investigator

Contrary to popular perception, private investigators are not only hired when someone gets murdered or a crime is committed. There are actually a lot of things that a private investigator can do for a client. Some hire them to look for lost relatives, even blood parents. Others are commissioned to investigate foul play in companies especially those that deal with corporate espionage and business security.

Another popular assignments for private investigators are illicit affairs and spousal infidelities. There are also some that hire these professionals to conduct background checks on people, often for employment or partnership or anything that deals with a lot of money.

But how do people hire private investigators and what should they look for when hiring one?

Finding them is actually relatively easy. All you have to do is leaf through the directories and you will find listings of private investigator agencies that deal with all kinds of problems. You can also surf the net and try to look for agencies that are near your area.

If you have friends or acquaintances who have already availed of that kind of service, try to get a referral. This is actually preferable as they have already tried the agency’s brand of service.

Although it is easy to find one, it is relatively hard to choose one that will suit your needs. There are a lot of things that you should actually consider when hiring a private investigator.

When you decide to hire, always ask for a contract of service that stipulates everything that you expect to be accomplished. If this is not available and the agency do not release these kinds of forms (which they should!) at the very least ask for a receipt and have the agreement just written there.

Another thing that you should consider is the experience of the private investigator in the area that you are asking him or her to explore. For instance, if you need a background check for somebody, you should hire someone who has already done background checks in the past.

Although most would basically know what to do, as they are all private investigators, experience in the particular field is still a big one.