A top professional private investigator needs a broad range of skill sets to use in gathering evidence in cases that involve everything from infidelity to fraud, especially since many investigations cross over from one form of investigation to another.
Here are 8 qualities that are the hallmark of a top private investigator:
- Extensive training
Extensive training is a fundamental requirement for any private investigator. He needs to have an in-depth knowledge of investigative tools, techniques and skills that range from undercover experience to an ability to tackle reams of paperwork with a highly analytical approach.
- Broad experience
Jacques Botha, owner of King Investigators in South Africa, brings 10 years’ worth of experience to every case he takes on, relying on this experience he has garnered and extensive knowledge to use effectively in both criminal and civil cases.
Because there is often a crossover from civil to criminal in an investigation, it’s vital that the investigator is able to follow any path an investigation may take to its conclusion.
- Excellent communication skills
Communication is essential in a good investigator, and you’ll know whether or not he has it from your first meeting. Because a private investigator has to be able to communicate with people from all walks of life in order to gather evidence during an investigation, his communication skills have to be excellent. This goes a long way to making sure that he is able to blend in wherever he goes.
Professionalism and integrity are qualities top private investigator needs to gain credibility in his field, along with the necessity of being registered with the PSIRA, which is the governing body that regulates the activities of investigators.
Being registered with a body like PSIRA is an assurance that you are indeed working with a professional, one who understands and respects the regulations governing the industry and acts accordingly.
A good private investigator will make sure that all documentation pertaining to an investigation is kept in a secure place, during and after the investigation, doing everything possible to assure a client that their information will remain confidential.
- Time management
Any truly professional private investigator works efficiently to bring a case to a close quickly, which makes it essential that he be able to manage his time effectively. In addition to this, he must be available to you during an investigation, to ensure that the lines of communication are kept open on every level.
The growth in technology has meant that a case can be brought to a conclusion faster than ever before, which means that your investigator needs to be resourceful enough to make the most of this technology to access information across many platforms that weren’t available previously.
Office hours certainly don’t apply to private investigators, especially in light of the fact that he’ll be facing many challenges and dealing with obstacles that certainly don’t fit into the 9 to 5 category, and, giving up is never an option for a great investigator.
It is this sheer determination not to give up that separates a good investigator from the rest, and this is what makes a private investigator truly successful in the gathering of evidence.
If hire a private investigator who ticks all these boxes and more, contact King Investigators today for a confidential chat that’ll give you a clear understanding of what he can do to assist you with your case.