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What Do Private Detectives and Investigators Do?

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by Contributing Author

Most of us picture private detectives or private investigators as the Sherlock Holmes character. Although the job responsibilities of a private investigator are the same, they are mostly dressed up like an “average” person.

You can hire a private investigator to help you dig up facts related to any matter. Whether you’re looking for professional private detectives in Australia or any other part of the world, it’s not hard to connect with one with the help of the internet.

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However, it’s essential to know the job role of private investigators, so your expectations are clear. Keep reading this article to know what private detectives do!

What Is a Private Detective?

A private detective, also known as a private investigator, searches for and finds information related to personal, legal, and financial matters to help solve a case, dig facts, or evaluate findings.

What Does a Private Investigator Do?  

The job role of a private investigator is quite vast as they offer a plethora of services to individuals, corporations, businesses, celebrities, or law firms depending on their needs.

Usually, private detectives do the following:

  • Help in civil and criminal liability cases
  • Conduct interviews with people involved in the case or suspects to reveal the truth or gather information
  • Conduct background checks to verify employment and income
  • Gather evidence to support a case in the court
  • Help in insurance claims and fraud
  • Conduct surveillance while remaining discreet
  • Investigate computer crimes like illegal downloads or phishing
  • Prove or disprove infidelity in a divorce case 

This is just the tip of the iceberg. Private investigators usually specialize in a specific field to offer premium services. A few of the most typical kinds of private detectives are:

Legal investigators generally work in law firms or with lawyers to help them solve the case efficiently. They locate witnesses, serve legal papers, interview police or witnesses, and gather evidence.

Computer Forensic Investigators

Computer forensic investigators track, locate, and extract information available on the internet to solve criminal investigations. They search computer systems for hidden files or recover deleted files using different programs to collect evidence.

Corporate Investigators

Corporate investigators conduct investigations for companies. They may run screening of new employees and confirm complaints related to harassment, corporate fraud, cyber-criminal activity, or drug use.

What Is the Work Environment of Private Detectives Like?

Private investigators mostly work on computers to collect evidence. For instance, they may look up the social media sites of suspects, search for the records of prior arrests, or look for email addresses. They may also make phone calls to run employment background checks.

However, they don’t always work from their office. When conducting surveillance, they work in the field, which is surely time-consuming. Of course, they have to be more careful during surveillance as they don’t want to alert the suspect that they are being investigated.

For private detectives, it doesn’t matter if it’s a holiday, weekend, early morning, or late night. They have to fulfill the demands of their clients any time of the day or any day of the week. So, there is no set work schedule for private investigators.



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