Into the future with PI’s & technology

While a private investigator may excel at undercover surveillance and have superb analytical skills, it’s not enough in our digital landscape. Any true professional will also keep abreast of the latest developments in surveillance technology to work more effectively at getting to the truth in an investigation a lot faster than ever before.

A modern, up to date private investigator should be able and willing to use the latest tech gadgets to raise undercover surveillance to a new level, and, be willing to know as much as possible about anything new that is developed to take investigations to greater heights.

A private investigator in touch with the latest technology allows him to be ready for any eventuality that could happen while carrying out an undercover surveillance

Of course, technology on its own can never take the place of pounding the pavements in certain investigations, however, using this two pronged approach brings evidence to light a lot faster than ever before, cutting down costs for clients as well.

A private investigator has to be as tech savvy as criminals are today, and they are definitely in a war zone when it comes to keeping up with these criminals using technology as a weapon to commit a variety of crimes.

Here are a few tech gadgets used by investigators that won’t give their deepest secrets away!

Spyware technology

A private investigator will be able to install spyware technology that will make sure you don’t have any spyware on your computers or mobile phones, doing this by mimicking keystrokes to follow the search patterns of the subject under surveillance, who will remain unaware that they’re being watched.

If all clients want is the truth for themselves it’s legal, however, as it is with GPS tracking, this type of acquisition of evidence isn’t accepted in a court of law, but can help with dismissals of employees.

GPS tracking systems

If you have a fleet of company vehicles and trucks you need keeping track of, you are completely within your rights to have a private investigator install the GPS tracking device on your vehicles.

The driver of the company vehicle does not have to give approval for the tracking device to be used as the vehicle is not in his or her name.

Technology has made it easy to plant tracking devices in vehicles without detection, to the extent that they can be attached to the steering column in a vehicle without being detectable.

When it comes to hiring a cheating spouse detective, keeping track of a cheating wife or husband via GPS tracking is a lot more complicated. The only way a GPS tracking device can be installed on a vehicle your spouse is driving is if the vehicle is registered in your name. If not, data gathered through the use of GPS tracking will be considered inadmissible in court in this situation.

Voice stress analysis tests

Many people can lie straight-faced, without blinking an eye, but, a voice stress analysis test carried out by a professional investigator will tell the true story without much effort, even if questions are asked over a phone!

It’s as simple as measuring words, levels of excitement and stress that can be measured with this tool, making it an excellent tool that can indicate how truthful the speaker is at the time of the test. These tests can be carried out via phone, recording or in a face to face situation.

Micro cameras & videos

A micro-camera is a perfect way for a private investigator to carry out undercover surveillance without being noticed by the subject under investigation at all!

These cameras can also be used to capture images of documents that could lead to hidden assets or a crime in progress.

Into the future with PI’s & technology

There’s no doubt that technology and software will be making giant leaps into the future, which means that private investigators are going to have to up their own game by becoming as tech savvy as many criminals are.

Jacques Botha, owner of King Investigators in South Africa, will tell you that he and his investigators put a lot of work into becoming as tech savvy as criminals are today.

Superb exploratory and analytical skills are essential here, where, in tandem with being out in the field, data bases need to be scoured for the right type of information to open up evidence to close a case.

Through integrity, excellence, knowledge and experience, King Investigators assures clients that whether criminal or civil, the evidence presented by this professional team will be fully admissible in any court when needed!

Contact King Investigators in Pretoria today, let Jacques introduce you to how he and his team of investigators can assist in making your case watertight.


No private investigator will ever experience the privilege’s of 9-5 days!

Being a private investigator impacts every part of a life time-wise, eating into weekends and nights, as well as putting paid to regular holidays, and in the field of private investigations 9-5 days are definitely an impossibility in most cases.

Consider the time it takes for a private investigator on an undercover investigation to sit in a car or any other position for hours on end. Then figure in the fact that the investigator still needs time doing additional research on the case, which adds even more pressure on an investigator working on a time-sensitive case.

There’s no doubt that in order for a professional PI to deliver untainted evidence, he has to adhere to a strict code of conduct that governs his profession, which is best for you, because you get your money’s worth out of the investigation when you have good evidence

Owner of King Investigators, Jacques Botha and his team, are licensed private investigators who are also registered with the PSIRA, which is the body that regulates the security industry in order to protect clients and investigators alike.

Despite the fact that King Investigators are the number one cheating spouse detectives in South Africa, they are also a full-service investigations firm, able to tackle many different kinds of cases, whether for individuals or businesses.

Since no role in an investigation remains stagnant, ongoing training, excellent skills in undercover surveillance, an absolute dedication to training and keeping up with the latest technological developments are absolutely necessary to bring a case to a successful conclusion.

Here’s what a PI needs to know well to provide irrefutable evidence of wrongdoing in any case:

Preferably a background in law enforcement

While not being a requirement, you’ll find that most private investigators come from a background in the police or other arms of law enforcement, which is definitely a benefit when it comes to having a working knowledge of investigating out in the field.

This is obvious because of constant changes and challenges faced by the private investigator in a broad range of services, and, since every case is different to the next, nothing beats a background in law enforcement.

An ability to carry out full-service investigations

The team at King Investigators is able to provide full-service investigations, which means that they are able to tackle many different types of cases, such as those for individuals, business owners planning to invest in a company to protect their interests or assisting attorneys in divorce, criminal or custody cases.

A working knowledge of the law

Though there isn’t a need for a formal education in law to practice as a PI, a working knowledge of law is an absolute must.

If a PI ignores the need for this legal knowledge and goes outside of the professional code of conduct that’s enforced by the PSIRA, all you’ll have in the end is inadmissible evidence that’ll be thrown out in a court case.

An ability to function well under pressure

Undercover surveillance carries a great element of danger for any private investigator and, he has to be able to move quickly to adjust as the surveillance conditions change. Then, he has to spend hours sifting through evidence and do research on reams of paperwork, which is a complete shift in gear for him.

The ability to function well under all kinds of pressure takes a massive amount of the training, time and effort in order to deliver a quality final report to a client, but these are qualities essential to the successful conclusion of a case.

A commitment to transparency, honesty & integrity

Despite the fact that there are still, as in any profession, those who’ll take advantage of people who have no idea about what an investigation entails, and lead them around an expensive bush that leaves the client with useless evidence!

However, with Jacques Botha and his team of investigators, you’ll know from the get-go, depending on the investigation, where your money will be going. This is a firm committed to dealing with clients through honesty, transparency and integrity, which is what has earned King Investigators the number one spot they’ve held for over ten years now.

Should you choose to work with the best private investigators in Pretoria, Johannesburg and Cape Town, contact King Investigators for a confidential chat that’ll make it easier to do what needs to be done for your own peace of mind, no matter what the outcome may be!

Economic crime targeting businesses has risen to an all-time high in South Africa

Unfortunately, since the dawn of time people have cheated, lied and stolen, and, whether you own a major corporation or small business, you may well end up with employee theft in many forms affecting your balance sheet.

The outbreak of the COVID-19 pandemic that shut businesses down overnight has destroyed our economy, and though many are now doing business as usual, it stands to reason that economic crimes are even greater today and the losses businesses have yet to face could be catastrophic as they try to get back on their feet.

No company can afford the kind of losses that are being experienced in business, and when figures like R1.2-million in losses per year are being thrown around, on the heels of a surge in economic crime hitting the 77% mark since 2016, it’s time to become proactive about protection from these crimes.

According to PricewaterhouseCoopers, in their Global economic and fraud survey 2018 South Africa, two in every three organisations have been, and still are, victims of economic crime. If ever there was a time for businesses to take proactive steps about economic crime and the need to implement active strategies in order to protect the interests of the business, it is now!

At some time, every business in South Africa will face losses through white collar crime, whether internally or externally driven, and, up to 50% of economic crimes have been attributed to employees, meaning that ‘inside jobs’ are responsible for a major percentage of loss experienced by most businesses today.

What to be on the lookout for in your company to protect your business interests

Misappropriation of assets.

Asset misappropriation is fraud at its very worst and most diverse. It can involve anything from theft of money or goods, as well as diverting company funds into the bank account of an employee, which costs businesses millions of Rands every year.

Fraud in accounting departments

Fraud in accounting departments is huge today, and ranges from covering up the fact that company products are stolen to covering up money that should reflect in the company account.

Fraud in payroll departments

Creating fictitious employees or even fictitious overtime for employees by those working in payroll departments gives employees the perfect way to line their own pockets and siphon company money into their own bank accounts.

Sadly, in desperate times such as we find ourselves today, even an employee in charge of the payroll, that may have been with the company for many years and is therefore above suspicion, can be tempted to manipulate timesheets or inflate overtime.

Theft of valuable data

Data theft has become a very lucrative side-line for employees, especially with the increase in organised crime syndicates today, and your customer databases and trade secrets can earn these employees a tidy sum from outside traders!

Outright corruption

Corruption is rife in our country, from the lowliest of employees to government officials, and, there is a huge amount of money to be made from making up false amounts on invoices to suppliers, or accepting kickbacks of any kind that is to the detriment of your business. No matter how the corruption is carried out, it is always going to cause you the greatest loss, and more often than not, it won’t be discovered until it’s too late to do anything about it without professional help.

Let King Investigators in South Africa help you to take a proactive approach to economic crime in your business

The highly experienced team at King Investigators are actively involved with many businesses in South Africa in combating economic crime, whether on the level of Business Intelligence Services, undercover surveillance in your business, polygraph testing to provide proof of a punishable offence or carrying out in-depth background checks on potential new employees.

As one the most trusted investigative firm in South Africa, King Investigators produce in-depth results, which range from investigations into employee fraud and theft of products, theft of trade secrets, internal or external embezzlement and any other form of economic crime you may be open to facing.

Let King Investigators be you professional ally, ready to find those guilty of crimes in your business, making it possible for you to take appropriate steps to stem small losses that become major losses over a period of a year!

Contact owner Jacques Botha today for a confidential discussion about how to either uncover economic crimes in your business, or to protect your business interests by taking a proactive approach to rooting out possible trouble spots!

If your spouse is sexting & indulging in online affairs does it mean you’re being cheated on?

Because it’s still a bit of a grey area when you think about whether the fact that your spouse is sexting and having virtual affairs online could mean you’re actually being cheating on, one has to tread a bit carefully.

A lot of people consider having virtual affairs harmless, but are they?

The truth is that a far greater majority of people do feel betrayed and cheated on by the sexual nature of certain online ‘conversations’. They in fact feel that their spouse may as well be carrying on an affair in the ‘real’ world.

There’s no doubt that some people feel that the marriage vows or commitments made to each other are being violated by an online affair, even though there’s no physical contact

Even though there’s no physical contact involved in an online affair, the innocent spouse still feels that the vows that brought them and their partner together have been violated anyway, despite a lack of physical contact.

Virtual affairs can include things like exchanging sexually explicit photos on a mobile phone, or, sexually explicit exchanges via email. For a large majority of people, virtual sexually and romantically explicit affairs create a sense of betrayal that can be every bit as deep as it could if the affair were on the physical level.

Signs your partner is indulging in secret online cheating and sexting:

Noticeable changes in behaviour

A good tell-tale sign that may indicate your spouse is cheating online will be if there are noticeable changes in the way your spouse normally behaves.  No doubt about it, guilt about sexting or involvement in an online affair could lead to two extremes in behaviour; either your spouse becomes unusually attentive, or, he or she withdraws completely. If asked if something is going on you can expect anger as a defence.

Mobile devices that are now password protected

If you and your spouse have had an open relationship where it comes to cell phones and other devices and you’re suddenly locked out by new passwords and pins, it’s a red flag you should take note of.

If emails are closed hastily or web pages quickly shut down when you come into the room, it may be time to ask the hard questions about whether or not your spouse is cheating online.

New social media accounts kept secret

If you suspect that something is going on, keep an eye out for secret social media accounts in the name of your spouse, or, if you’re a friend of your spouse, keep an eye out for contacts you don’t recognise.  Remember, a virtual affair a social media site won’t reflect in timelines, but messages on these platforms are private to the account holder.

Unusual instant responses to online contacts

When answering emails and texts immediately suddenly becomes an obsession with your spouse, you may need to listen to what your sixth sense is telling you.

Millions are addicted to cell phones, laptops and/or computers, so this isn’t necessarily a sign you’re being cheated on, it’s just when the behaviour changes that you may want to pay attention.

Can you face the truth

If online cheating, flirting and sexting falls into the category of cheating for you, there’s no doubt that the double life your spouse is living between you and the virtual affair will ultimately bring pain into your relationship.

It would then be better for you to confront the issue head on, so that your spouse knows that what crosses the line into a full-fledged online affair is just one small step away from the real thing as far as you’re concerned.

If you’re strong enough to want the truth and you suspect that your spouse is cheating, hire a reputable cheating spouse detective in South Africa by contacting King Investigators for a confidential chat.

Though this will not be an easy call to make, you will at the very least, be dealing with private investigators who’ll treat you and your case with the utmost sensitivity you deserve under the circumstances!

Private investigators – digging for the truth wherever they need to go

When all general avenues of collecting evidence accessible to the public have been exhausted, we turn to private investigators to dig for the truth, no matter where they have to go in specific cases.

A private investigator has to be able to work across a variety of platforms, which could include investigations into cheating spouses, business intelligence investigations, background checks and carrying out polygraph tests.

In order to do these crossover investigations, the highest level of training backed up by years of experience has to apply to an investigator you hire, to make sure that the results will be the truth.

Evidence can be compromised through inexperience or a lack of training on the part of the PI, which means you’d end up with evidence that will be thrown out of court and be of no value to you.

In the world of a private investigator, all that matters is uncovering any information that’s hidden and inaccessible to the average man in the street, which is where the networks and tools PI’s use are of fundamental importance to any case.

Who hires private investigators?


There are many different reasons that attorneys will use a private investigator, and in most cases, they tend to stick with one private investigator they can trust for honest results gathered according to the law governing evidence gathering.

Private investigators are able to assist attorneys in locating people who have skipped bail or are avoiding appearing at court.  Private investigators also interview witnesses to ensure that no important information has been missed before a case goes to court.

Individuals in their personal capacity

Individuals hire King Investigators in Johannesburg, Pretoria and Cape Town in their personal capacity for a variety of reasons. These include anything from tracing missing people to uncovering evidence that a spouse is cheating. They are often hired to uncover hidden assets in divorce cases as well as to gather evidence of abuse or mistreatment of children involved in custody battles.

Owners of businesses

A private investigator is of immense value to business owners who are intent on taking a proactive approach to protecting his business interests.

The investigator will assess whether or not there is a risk to company security by providing detailed information on a potential employee. They are also able to in-depth background checks on a partner the owner may be planning to take on board,.  These are just a few of the ways in which private investigators are useful to business owners.

Police & law enforcement agencies

In general, private investigators can find further evidence need by the police in order to charge someone with a crime, due to the legal constraints that bind them.  This however doesn’t mean that Private Investigators are above the law.

Where the PI can assist is that when the police services have reached a point where they are unable to continue a criminal investigation, the private investigator can step in to gather further vital evidence that’ll assist them in making a case against a suspect.

There are many other roles that private investigators play, however, because some specialise in specific fields, it’s essential for you to ensure the private investigator you are going to hire has the necessary training and background to provide the results required in your specific case.

If you’re planning on hiring a private investigator in South Africa, start by contacting King Investigators to find out more about the wide variety of investigations this team is able to undertake on your behalf.

With ten years’ experience, both locally and internationally, the team PI’s working with Jacques Botha at the helm, have been trusted by thousands of business owners and individuals based on the reputation for honesty and integrity they can rely on when dealing with King Investigators.

This is why clients rely on & trust King Investigators in South Africa

Not all private investigators fit the image of the dodgy, slinking gumshoe slouching around in his hat and long coat as portrayed on television and on screen. There are those who are a breed apart, which includes King Investigators, who operate only on a level of honesty and integrity, putting paid to the darker connotations attached to their profession.

This is why clients choose to rely on and trust King Investigators:

Over 10 years in the industry

As a licensed private investigator with over ten years’ worth of experience, owner of King Investigators Jacques Botha, is able to call on extensive experience in a variety of fields that involve tackling many different types of investigations for individuals or business owners.

Having worked in high risk investigations in South Africa and overseas, Jacques and his team bring extensive experience to the table on any investigation.

Many labour under the misconception that life as a private investigator is glamorous and exciting, but that’s a myth. Investigations mean that, the investigator has to have excellent analytical and exploratory skills to explore and analyse mountains of documents, which are often part of the job when it’s important to expose hidden information on behalf of a client.

Training in the field

The team at King Investigators tick all the right boxes in terms of the extensive training they have all undergone, in a variety of essential skills and the knowledge to use the latest tools in an investigation.

Book learning can never produce an exceptional investigator, what does is the combination of the theoretical along with experience in the field. This is where above average private investigators become the best.

Carrying out undercover surveillance demands that the investigator remain undetected by the subject being observed, and only training and experience in the field can equip a professional with the right tools to do so.

Undercover investigations come with risks, which is something any good investigator prepares for in order not to compromise an investigation in a way that would cause danger for the client or for himself.

Transparency & integrity

Along with the essential qualities of transparency and integrity, the team at King Investigators operate from a fundamental basis of honesty, and this applies to all their investigations, without exception.  You can rely on the fact that this team won’t pad expense accounts, or to add other expenses that are not necessary to the successful conclusion of an investigation.

It would be very difficult to find an investigative company that’s more up front about the financial aspects of an investigation than the team at King Investigators are.

Results driven

King Investigators offer an exceptional tenacity where it comes to producing results and to producing them as quickly as possible. This is done so that they don’t waste the client’s time or charge more than is absolutely necessary.


King Investigators have a reputation they are proud of, and they maintain it by giving clients absolute peace of mind regarding the confidentiality of their information. It will be kept in a secure place that cannot be accessed by anyone with criminal intentions.

Full service investigations

King Investigators is a full-service investigative firm servicing clients in Johannesburg, Pretoria and Cape Town, tackling a multitude of investigative services.  Their client list is also an impressive one, which includes businesses, insurance companies, lawyers and attorneys, individuals and major corporations.

This team also acts as South Africa support for international private investigators, mainly due to the fact that they can rely on this team and because as locals,  King Investigators know the lay of the land and are able to remain undetected, which would not be easy for someone from a foreign country.

Sheer professionalism

Registered with the PSIRA, the security industry governing body, you can expect the highest level of professionalism from King Investigators at all times.

Contact King Investigators today for a confidential chat about the reasons you may need to hire a private investigator if you are looking for a report that has ‘professional’ stamped on it as a seal of excellence!

Clear signals that your spouse is cheating on you

Do you suspect that your husband is cheating, or that your wife is cheating? If your sixth sense is telling you that something isn’t right, aside from the pain of facing infidelity, it’ll be hard to ignore the impact that mere suspicions will have on your relationship.

Added to this, research has proved that almost 85% of those who suspect infidelity are invariably right.

There are 3 decisions that you may want to make once you know for certain that your spouse is cheating on you, which include ending the relationship, sticking it out and hoping it’ll change, or, to try to make it work once the truth is out. It is a fact that some relationships can survive infidelity, though it is a journey you’ll both have to take together.

At some point in their lives, according to Psychology Today, studies suggest that as many as 25 percent of men and 11 percent of women will end up cheating. The author of this article goes on to say that; ‘if a relationship can survive the affair and get to the other side healing, it can become even better, but that it’ll mean a lot of hard work’.

Before taking a look at some of the most obvious signs your partner may be cheating, don’t think your partner is cheating just because he or she displays only one or two of these signs. However, if he or she is displaying more than four or five of these signs, it could be time to consider what your next steps will be.

Here are a few of the most common signs that your spouse may be cheating on you:

A red flag will be credit card statements that suddenly being hidden, which may include charges for gifts you know weren’t for you, or other unexplained expenses over and above what you know is normal

Staying later at work than ever, or leaving earlier in the morning than is usual

Taking more business trips than before

A new password lock on a cell phone or laptop that was never there before

A dead giveaway is when you find lipstick that isn’t yours on a collar or a new scent that lingers on the clothing of your spouse.

If you spouse lies or is evasive when questioned, there’s definitely something up. We’re speaking about lies that are patently obvious, leaving you in no doubt that your partner is being evasive

Joining a gym and taking far more interest in appearance and grooming than ever before.

You may face a spouse with a newly found short temper or defensiveness that is suspiciously excessive

You spouse suddenly starts receiving a lot of missed calls, which was never the case.

Your spouse may lose interest in sex or, on the other end of the scale, start wanting to try new things in the bedroom

You may decide that all you want is to set your mind at ease about your gut feelings, in which case, hiring a private detective with extensive experience in uncovering evidence of cheating is the wise choice to make.

As the top investigative firm in South Africa, King Investigators are the number one cheating spouse detectives in Johannesburg, Pretoria and Cape Town, and, because they’ve seen it all before, they truly understand how difficult it is for anyone to hire a private detective to prove infidelity. The result of this experience is that this team of professionals will treate your case with the sensitivity it deserves.

Even if you aren’t certain about your next steps, contact King Investigators today for a confidential chat. They will give you all the information you may need to make an informed decision, whether for a divorce, custody or child support case.

This is what you need to know about a private investigator before hiring him

The days when you could judge someone by a handshake and by their word have become decidedly rare, despite the fact that most of us still want to see the best in people.

Sadly, there will always be those to whom lying comes easily, and, in this era of digital technology, it’s even easier to hide the truth from anyone who doesn’t have the experience to dig deeper than what’s on the surface.

Businesses and private individuals hire private investigators to assist them to get to the truth in many different situations, from both a personal business perspective.

Let’s first look at why people hire private investigators:


Based on the training and undercover experience on the part of the private investigator, you can expect nothing but unadulterated proof of infidelity, adultery and cheating, evidence of such a quality that it’ll stand up to scrutiny in court.

In-depth background checks

A professional, experienced PI can carry out background checks that will include everything from background checks into potential employees, through to background checks on a planned business investment.

Polygraph tests

Only an experienced professional can provide polygraph test and lie detector tests, whether to root out a culprit in a fraud investigation or a suspect in a murder case.

Internal theft investigations

A private investigator with the right qualifications and experience in undercover surveillance will be able to fit in as an employee in a business without being detected. This is generally the scenario when a company is being plagued by internal theft, fraud or misappropriation of assets.

Business counterintelligence investigations

Counter intelligence is the term used for evidence that’s gathered to provide businesses with in-depth information that’ll bring to light any actions on the part of employees that could be a threat to the company. This type of investigation has become a must if the owner of any business is to have the information they need to protect themselves from anyone seeking to cause the company harm, whether in terms of its reputation or financially.

Due diligence investigations

Private investigators offer business owners and investors in-depth information that they may need before they make important business decisions that could have a negative impact on their company if bad information comes to light after the fact.

This is what you need to know about a PI before hiring him:

Extent of training

You need to, and have every right, to find out more about the training the PI has undergone and what his background is. You also need to make sure that he is up to date with the latest technology, as this is often what shortens the length of time spent on an investigation.

He also needs to have extensive training and on the ground experience in undercover surveillance, so that at no point will your case be put in jeopardy if his presence is detected by the person he is investigating.

Registration & license

It’s essential for you to make sure that the private investigator you’re planning to hire is a licensed PI.  When you hire a team from King Investigators in Johannesburg, Pretoria and Cape Town, you can be confident that because they are also registered with the PSIRA, that you’ll be working with a professional who will adhere to the principles that govern their industry. It’s easy to check these credentials here.


The private investigator you plan to hire has to be able to provide you with references from past clients, especially those with cases similar to yours.  If he isn’t willing to offer you these references, it’ll be better for you to look elsewhere for a bona fide PI.

Experience in the field

You’ll need to make sure that the PI has the relevant experience to tackle a case you bring to him, because if he only specialises in business intelligence investigations he’ll be of no use to you if you’re looking for evidence that your spouse is cheating on you.

The final analysis

There are various ways that a private investigator can gather and present the evidence you require, but this will be done according to your wishes and of course, according to your budget.

A full final report on the investigation should include time-stamped photos and video, as well as a professionally written report supporting the visual evidence, especially if not all the movements of a suspect can be captured in photos or videos.

Hiring the best private investigator in South Africa

There is no better place to start than with King Investigators in South Africa, since you’ll find they meet all the above mentioned criteria fully.  This highly trained and professional team of investigators are headed by Jacques Botha, who has already been in the industry for over ten years to date.

Once you’ve had a confidential chat with Jacques, you’ll find that his company is able to provide an impressive list of investigative services to individuals and to businesses.

Is the PI you hire up to date with social media platforms?

With the escalation in growth of social media platforms in the 21st century, any PI worth his title should know how to use the latest technology to carry out social media investigations that may be part of a larger investigation.

As things stand today, a digital footprint is made up of all the information you leave on the internet, which includes social media, the use of apps, emails and calls made via Skype.

Though you may think this history can be deleted, it can’t, as any forensic investigator will tell you, your trail is there and it’ll stay there, something many people never realise.

Your digital footprint is in essence about the same as a paper trail that used to be kept to document any interaction personally or on a business level before the advent of the internet, however, unlike documents in a paper trail, you can’t put it through the paper shredder to destroy anything that could cause you legal trouble.

A good way to change the way you’re ‘seen’ through your digital footprint is to think about what you send into cyberspace so that you’re reflected in a good light, for friends, family and even employers.

Why the focus on social media platforms?

Nothing beats social media investigations where it comes to remaining anonymous. The person under investigation won’t have a clue that they are being trailed digitally, and, for private investigators who are on the top of their game digitally speaking, social media platforms are as a good a place to start an investigation as any other.

Including in depth digging into someone’s social media trail has also helped to cut down on billable hours today, time that would otherwise be spent out in the field gathering basic, fundamental information to get an investigation underway.

Employers use social media to keep check on employees

An employer is also able use social media platforms to find out more about you and what kind of person you really are. They are able to get quite a good idea of who you really are, which means it would be better for you to think hard before posting anything online you’d rather your employer didn’t know about!

Many companies even use social media platforms to find out whether you would be a good fit as a potential employee. A private investigator can work up a really in-depth profile of who you are by carrying out a thorough social media investigation, especially because they’re able to access the internet to a greater extent than an employer can in a private capacity.

Digital information overload

Any social media platforms you use will carry the history of places you’ve visited, photographs and videos uploaded, leading to the ultimate information overload for any savvy private investigator digging deeper than on the surface of these platforms.

There’s so much evidence about your life stuck in virtual reality that it’s quite frightening, and it can never be completely erased!

Hire King Investigators for forensic social media investigations

If you need a professional you can trust to do the digging into the background of someone you suspect of wrongdoing, whether a staff member or spouse, contact King Investigators to do the on social media platforms for the type of information you need on the person under investigation. It’ll be a decision that offers information that’ll prove it priceless!

Here are a few of the most basic questions asked about PI’s

Though a few of the questions we look at here may seem a bit obvious to you if you have a basic understanding about who and what a private investigator is, not everyone has the same knowledge, which is why answering some of the most FAQ’s may be helpful to you if you are planning to hire a private investigator in South Africa for the first time.

It’ll really help you to know a little more about the services a private investigator offers and what to look for in a private investigator, before you do the hiring.

Licensed private investigators have to be above-board and have a basic knowledge of law for any evidence gathered to carry weight, especially if it involves a court case.

Here we need to separate myth from fact, so that the image presented in the movies of PI’s skulking around in hats and a long coat, eating junk food and smoking up a storm while on surveillance, is dispelled in the face of what a truly experienced, professional private investigator is in real life.

There are no grey areas in the world of private investigators, The evidence is either there or it isn’t, there are no grey areas here in terms of evidence that is solid and not manufactured!

Is training and experience in the field important?

Absolutely! Becoming a private investigator involves specialised training on many levels, and, along with training, experience in the field is essential. He needs more than just a working knowledge of investigations to make a top class private investigator, especially if it’s he will be specialising in a full range of investigative services.

Can PI’s manipulate the law?

The answer to that is a definite no! Though a licensed private investigator may have more leeway than law enforcement agencies and the police do, they also have limits to what they can and can’t do, and these are limits that are enforced by the PSIRA.

Private investigators are able to assist the police services when their training, experience and connections will help to finally bring a case to court, due to the laws that bind the police beyond certain points in evidence gathering.

Is a PI different to a private detective?

There is no difference between a private investigator and private detective. The term ‘private investigator’ is what is used by a regularity body such as PSIRA in South Africa to keep things simple. 

The term private investigator helps to keep the line between law enforcement agencies such as the police services and private investigators clear, so that no-one is confused about which the other is.

Hiring the right PI

Once you’ve done a bit of research into PI’s in your area and narrowed down your list, be sure to ask for a licensing number so that you can verify that they are a bona fide firm that sticks to the rules and regulations of their industry.

Find out whether the private investigator you want to hire has the right type of experience to tackle your case. If a specific private investigator only specialises in business investigation, he won’t be of any use to you in finding proof of infidelity.

Be upfront about asking questions with regard to the background of the company before you actually hire the investigator because a solid reputation and track record always leads you to the best in the investigative field.

Services offered by PI’s

Experienced and highly trained private investigators will be able to do a cross-over of services, which could range from due diligence investigative services to polygraph testing and in-depth background checks, as well as experience in undercover surveillance for evidence on a cheating spouse.

Call on King Investigators in South Africa to wrap it all up!

King Investigators in Johannesburg, Pretoria and Cape Town, South Africa, provide an impressive list of services, along with the knowledge that has been gained during 10 years’ worth of experience, both locally and internationally.

These guys wrap their sheer professionalism up in a tidy bundle of a commitment to quality, honesty and transparency, and King Investigators has also been around long enough to know exactly how to tailor an investigation according to the budget any client has.

Get your questions ready to put to the team at King Investigations. You’ll find that even the most common or basic questions about private investigators or their methods will be treated seriously by this team!