Have you recently experienced a situation which required you to hire a private investigator but uncertain where to begin? Choosing a reputable company doesn’t have to be as overwhelming as what it may seem. Let’s take a look at some essential things you should know about private investigators
Ensure You Do Your Own Background Checks
When looking to obtain the services of a private investigator, it’s essential to conduct your own research and find out as much as you can about the prospecting investigator. Factors to take into consideration to validate their legitimacy include, but aren’t limited to the following:
- How long the private investigator has been trading for
- What are their limitations in terms of service offering?
- There are areas of the portfolio which are outsourced
- Investigators who aren’t able to offer references
By spending the time doing your own research and preparation, you’ll have peace of mind knowing you’re hiring a company you’ll be happy with. For this type of service, its crucial you’re comfortable as you’ll be sharing sensitive information with them.
Hire A Registered and Licensed Private Investigator
Within South African, its considered a criminal offence if a private investigator is running their operation without being registered at the Private Security Industry Regulatory Authority (PSiRA). They can see themselves facing a prison sentence of up to two years.
Not only does this protect the investigator, but it provides clients with the security they need to ensure their investigator is complying with PSiRA’s code of ethics. The last thing any client wants is to find out information in the investigation was obtained illegally.
The Repercussions of Hiring An Unlicensed Private Investigator
There are a variety consequences to working with an unlicensed private investigator. If you’re not careful, you could find yourself in a substantial amount of trouble. Not only is there the risk of the criminal action but you can also be held responsible for the actions of the investigator.
Any information obtained by the unlicensed investigator won’t be allowed to be used in a court of law, and can be suppressed. It can also be classified as being illegal and thrown out of course resulting in you potentially losing your case.
Get a Detailed Expense Breakdown
Before allowing your selected private investigator to commence any work, it’s important you get a detailed breakdown of all potential services rendered on what you’ve requested. By doing this, you know you’re going to get exactly what you paying for and you can budget appropriately for it. This also ensures there are no hidden costs and reduces the risk of you feeling done in if you aren’t happy with the service provided.
Contact King Investigators Today
Choosing a private investigator or private investigation firm doesn’t have to be as overwhelming as what its made out to be. By taking the above mentioned points into consideration, you’ll be well on your way to choosing a reputable company to meet your needs.
If you’re still feeling indecisive as to what you should do, reach out to the team at King Investigators. With their combined decades of experience, they’ll be sure to answer any questions you might have regarding the process.