Here’s what you need to know before you hire a private investigator

Dishonesty and criminality is as old as humanity, and nothing has changed, in fact, if anything, they’ve both become very sophisticated with the ushering in and phenomenal growth of technology.

This sophistication has led to the birth of entirely new crimes, a lot of which is focussed on crimes such as fraud, data theft, identity theft, the creation of false identification and backgrounds, online stalking and intimidation, along with a host of others.

However, crime remains crime, and there are many individuals and businesses that need the specialised training a private investigator has to get to the bottom of any crime, and to get to the truth behind lies.

This is especially true in a world where police services are under tremendous strain, with too few of them to police a huge population. The police can also only go so far in an investigation and no further.

They have legal constraints that hamper many investigations, which is not the case with private investigators. There are many instances in which police request the assistance of a private investigator to help them to prove that the case against a perpetrator results in an arrest and successful trial.

This by no means insinuates the private detectives are above the law, they are simply able to knock on doors and carry out an investigation in areas that are restricted for local law enforcement.

The kind of investigator you hire has to have ethics that hold true to honesty, transparency and trust, held together by a commitment to remain within the professional standards and guidelines that govern private investigators.

One such investigator in Pretoria and Johannesburg is owner of King Investigators, Jacques Botha. His experience in the field goes back over 10 years, and, as a registered private investigator, he remains committed to staying within the guidelines of his industry.

This is the reason that King Investigators can make the promise that any evidence uncovered in any case will be of such a high standard that it’ll be able to stand up to scrutiny in any court of law.

Having said all this, here’s what you need to know before you hire a private investigator:


Making sure that the private investigations firm is registered is essential. You can check up on the registration on the PSIRA website here, using the PSIRA registration number issued to the investigator.

Broad spectrum services

It’s important that you make sure that when you hire a private investigator, he will have the necessary experience needed to carry out a successful investigation.

For instance, if a private investigator only handles cases involving infidelity, he won’t be of any use in an investigation that centres on cybercrime.

The best you can do is to find an investigator with a broad spectrum of services, especially if you’re going to need an investigator who can carry out undercover surveillance and apply analytical skills to pour over any type of data during an investigation.


You need to know that the investigator you hire will leave no stone unturned in gathering evidence of wrongdoing. A good way to do this is to ask for references from the investigator.


Make sure that not only will all information pertaining to your case be treated with absolute confidentiality, but that the information will be stored in such a way that it will be kept in a secure location.


Your private investigator has to be up to date with state of the art technology. Technology used in the pursuit of the truth in any case can bring down the cost of an investigation as a result of having to spend less time on a case.


You have every right to be kept up to date during an investigation, so make sure that your private investigator will keep an open line of communication with you, from the beginning of the case to its conclusion.


These are the basics of what you need to know before deciding to hire a private investigator, but, to save yourself time, why not contact King Investigators to find out more about how Jacques and his team can help you to put together a watertight case.