How will you know whether a PI will take you for a ride or not?

If you were to hire a builder you would do your homework on him, wouldn’t you? Well, the same goes for hiring a private investigator in South Africa.

Finding the right one means that you need to arm yourself with the most important questions to ask him right off the bat. This is where you get to become the investigator, and it’s an important role for you to play if what you want is evidence that is true and irrefutable, gathered legally.

Here are a few questions you need to ask

What’s his background?

More often than not you’ll find that a private investigator has a background in law enforcement, which gives him a balanced understanding of what a thorough investigation requires.

It also means that he’s more than likely seen it all, which he now brings to bear on any case he’ll undertake.

Is he licenced as a private investigator?

It’s essential to work with a licenced investigator, not only to ensure the quality of evidence presented, but also to have recourse if you have any reason to believe that you have been misled in any way.

Make sure that he is registered with PSiRA, which is the governing body of the security industry.

How long has he been in the industry?

No education can beat experience out in the field, especially in the world of PI’s. Undercover surveillance can be very dangerous and the only way to ensure the safety of the private investigator and the client is that the PI have many years’ worth of experience behind him.

In the case of King Investigators, owner Jacques Botha has been a registered Private Investigator for over ten years, splitting his time between criminal and civil investigations in South Africa and across its borders.

Does he have knowledge of the legal system?

This is a very important question for you to ask, especially if the evidence you require will be presented in court. If the PI knows nothing about the legal system or about law enforcement, there’s a high probability that he’ll end up gathering evidence illegally and overstepping the boundaries of the code of ethics that governs the industry.

Is he up to date with technology?

If you ask Jacques Botha, owner of King Investigators this question, he can answer unequivocally that the only way that he and his team of professional PI’s can offer an outstanding service, is to make sure they are able to use state of the art technology to achieve quality results faster than ever before.

Possible costs of the investigation?

It’s unfortunate but true that there are some private investigators who will literally fleece you as much as they can, padding expense accounts and adding extras that were never agreed upon, and then leave you with empty hands and tainted evidence.

If the PI you’re talking to is open about costs of an investigation you’ll know you’re at the right place. He’ll tell you about what can be done for how much, and where you can save and still get the best evidence possible from a true professional.

Contact King Investigators in Pretoria and Johannesburg with all these questions and you’ll find that the answers are exactly as they should be for an investigative firm that values honesty, integrity and professionalism above all!

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