How Do Private Investigators Find Someone?

It’s a lot easier to hide from the police than it is to stay on the down-low from a professional private investigator. 

The main reason for this is that the police are understaffed and most detectives have hundreds of cases piling up on their desks, and no matter how hard they work, it’s impossible for them to give each case the time it really deserves.

On the other hand, when you hire a private investigator, he is working solely on your case for the duration of the investigation, using various tactics and experience to find someone in record time, because of their focus on your case in particular.

Finding someone who doesn’t want to be found isn’t easy if you don’t have the knowledge, experience and skill that private investigators have, especially when it comes to a company like King Investigators, who have been in the industry for well over a decade.

Owner Jacques Botha and his team of private investigators have traced people as far as Brazil, Argentina, Swaziland, Mozambique, Namibia, Lesotho and of course, throughout South Africa.

Some of these cases have been high risk ones, which have taken all the knowledge and experience garnered by Jacques in his years out in the field, in order to bring these cases to a successful conclusion.

How do private investigators find someone?

Since every tracing case is different to the next, Jacques and his team will approach finding someone a little differently in each case, yet still relying on the standard basics that are generally used when trying to find someone.

These standard practices include using the person’s name and ID or date of birth, finding where they work or if they own a business, finding their address or property owned by them etc.

The client that hires King Investigators needs to be able to give the team as much information as possible regarding the background of the person they have to find, such as:

  • Previous work and/or career information
  • Previous addresses or geographic location
  • Friends they used to spend time with and relative’s names

Based on this information, however much the client is able to give the private investigator, he will get to work, using some or all of the tactics discussed above.

King Investigators will also use some of the information they’ve been given or have gathered to do research on social media platforms as well, which hold a wealth of information not necessarily tied to the person they are trying to find, but perhaps to friends and family.

Because each case that involves finding someone is unique, and the circumstances are different from case to case, there are times when it’s necessary for Jacques and his team to do field work, which would involve surveillance.

Really want to know how private investigators find someone?

There are many reasons why people want to find someone, whether it’s a loved one who has gone missing, someone you have a civil or criminal judgement against, old school friends and even perhaps a past romantic acquaintance you let slip through your fingers.

No matter the reason, as long as it’s above-board and not to harm anyone, contact King Investigators today to find out more about how Jacques and his team of registered private investigators can help you to find someone, at private investigator rates that are affordable.


How Are Private Investigators Legal?

The genius of private investigators, Sherlock Holmes, had a favourite saying; “When you have eliminated the impossible, whatever remains, however improbable, must be the truth”, a saying which inspired generations of dedicated private investigators around the globe to be the best.

There is a standard by which each private investigator is measured as a true professional in South Africa, which leads us to the question; how are private investigators legal?

You’ll find a supposed private investigator around virtually every corner, but beware, because out of the many you’ll find, few of them will be viewed as meeting the criteria required to be considered legal.

The average man in the street isn’t aware that a private investigator in South Africa has to be registered before he can take on any investigation, and that it is in fact illegal to hire an unregistered fraudster calling himself a PI.

How are private investigators legal?

In order for any private investigator to operate in South Africa, he and his firm has to be registered with the Private Security Industry Regulatory Authority (PSiRA).

Before you hire any private investigator, ask him for his registration number and check it out on the PSiRA website, just to make sure that his credentials are bona fide.

Fraudsters give hardworking, honest private investigators like King Investigators a bad rap, along with other registered PI’s in South Africa, which, considering the integrity and honesty you can rely on when working with PI’s of this ilk, is grossly unfair.

Private investigators such as Jacques Botha, owner of King Investigators, bring an invaluable amount of experience, skill and training to their craft, earned during well over a decade in the field, which is essential to any investigation, especially when it involves surveillance.

You can and should ask for examples of previous cases Jacques and his team have carried out, and where their experience has led them, if that will give you further peace of mind that you’re dealing with a legitimate private investigator.

If you don’t do any of these things to make sure you’re dealing with the best, and end up with a fraudster who is more than willing to do illegal things to gather or manufacture evidence, you could end up being fined or being given a jail sentence, along with the fraudster PI!

Although you’re always welcome to give Jacques a call for a free, confidential consultation, it’s also a good idea to meet the PI before hiring him, so that you can get a good read on him for yourself.

After all, you’re going to be sharing confidential information with him and trusting him to deliver results that can be relied on to stand up to scrutiny in court, if necessary.

Hire PSiRA-registered King Investigators!

King Investigators is a full-service investigative firm, and if you’re uncertain about what that means, please visit their website here to view their full range of services on offer.

Jacques and his team are committed to providing clients with quality service and guaranteed results at affordable rates. 

Contact King Investigators to find out more about how they can assist you with your investigation; this down to earth team will be more than willing to guide you through the entire process that will lead to the truth in any matter.


How Do Private Investigators Get Paid?

There are many different reasons that individuals and businesses hire private investigators, and inevitably one of the first questions that come up is; how do private investigators get paid?

If you’re talking cash, credit card or EFT, all three will do, on average, but that’s not what we’re talking about here today. 

We’re going to be looking at how costs for investigations are structured in general, since each case is different to the next, requiring different tactics and amounts of time.

Getting evidence on a cheating spouse is generally relatively easy, provided you hire the number one cheating spouse detective in South Africa, which is King Investigators!

In a case like this, it generally takes a bit of surveillance, which would include video and photos, and since King Investigators are surveillance experts, it doesn’t take them too long to produce results without charging you a fortune.

How do private investigators get paid?

There are a few factors involved in private investigations that have an impact on what the investigation will cost, and, like lawyers, some private investigators may charge you a retainer fee, once the contract is signed and the fee is settled.

You might also be charged an hourly rate, which could vary, depending on whether more than one investigator is needed on the case, as well as on the extent of difficulty involved in the investigation.

There is a chance that when it comes to what PI’s view as basic services, such as polygraph testing, background checks or a criminal record checks, amongst other services like these, you may be charged a flat rate.

There are private investigators who won’t hesitate to charge you for the initial consultation, and may even have the cheek to get you to pay a retainer fee, before they even get to meet you.

This is not the way King Investigators does business! Owner Jacques Botha and his team of registered private investigators at King Investigators stand by their excellent reputation for honesty, integrity and guaranteed results.

To this end, Jacques is more than happy to offer clients a free, confidential consultation, and it’s one that comes with no strings attached, but with well over a decade’s worth of experience behind it.

As a full-service investigations company located in Gauteng, Jacques and his team work throughout South Africa, across her borders and into Swaziland, Lesotho, Namibia and Mozambique. 

King Investigators has also carried out high risk investigations overseas in Brazil and Argentina, and are trusted by overseas investigators to assist them on the ground in South Africa.

Rates can include the following, when necessary:

  • Location of investigation
  • Travel costs
  • Airline costs
  • Accommodation costs
  • Car rental costs
  • Duration of surveillance

Speak to King Investigators about how PI’s get paid!

If there’s one thing you can be sure of, it’s that Jacques is an open book when it comes to discussing private investigator rates! He and his team at King Investigators are not in the business of ripping clients off, but rather of delivering service excellence, irrespective of the type of investigation they undertake.

Contact King Investigators today to find out more about how they carry out their investigations in the most cost effective way possible, at the most competitive pricing around!


How Do Private Investigators Track You?

There are people, who for various reasons, don’t want to be found, which is when they ask the question; how do private investigators track you? 

When a private investigator is hired to find someone, they focus all their skill and energy on one case for their client, which means they don’t stop until they’re able to deliver the results expected by the client.

Private investigators like the registered team at King Investigators, use a variety of tracing methods to achieve the level of success that has made them the top investigative firm in Gauteng.

This team leaves no stone unturned when they’re tracing an individual, and their confidence in their abilities and level of experience, enables them to offer clients guaranteed results at the end of every investigation.

How do private investigators track you?

If a private investigator is hired to find someone, you can be confident that they’ll find the individual they’re tracing, since they’re able to focus all their attention on one case at a time, which is very different to the case load that a SAPS detective would be dealing with on a daily basis.

There are a few places from which King Investigators would start to initiate a trace in order to track someone, including using the persons last known address, landline number or cell phone number.

They’ll also use their name and surname, along with either their ID number or date of birth, and if they own any property, they’ll also start there.

Because owner of King Investigators, Jacques Botha, has been in the industry for well over a decade, he and his team of investigators use these tactics and more to track and trace someone on behalf of their client.

This team understands the limits of the law when it comes to tracking someone, and because they adhere to the code of conduct as laid out by the governing body that oversees the security industry, PSiRA, they won’t do anything illegal to bring any case to a close. 

This is very important for the client, since any evidence gathered by a private investigator or any illegal behaviour by him, will nullify anything he has done during the investigation.

Tracing using GPS tracking devices

GPS tracking devices can be used if a friend or member of the family knows where the person that is being sought is hiding out, however, there are legalities that have to be met before GPS tracking devices can be used on any vehicle. The owner of the vehicle has to give permission for the tracking device to be attached to the vehicle, which can be a bit tricky.

In the case of a cheating spouse, if the car the cheater is driving is registered to the spouse that has hired King Investigators, then he or she can give Jacques and his team permission to attach a GPS tracker to the vehicle. If this is not the case, the tracker can’t be used.

Contact King Investigators to track & trace missing persons

If you’re trying to trace someone, whether for personal reasons or because they’ve skipped out on a civil or criminal case, contact King Investigators for a free confidential consultation, to find out more about what this team of professionals can do to assist you.