What Can Private Investigators Not Do?

While private investigators in South Africa aren’t as prolific as in the US and UK, the industry is growing in leaps and bounds, as more and more individuals and businesses turn to them for answers they can’t find on their own.

The burden of proof always lies with either the plaintiff or accused, whether it’s in a divorce case involving infidelity, or when a business requires hard evidence that a staff member has been stealing from the company, in order to wash their hands of the employee, legitimately.

For this reason, it’s extremely important that the quality of evidence is of such a standard that it cannot be questioned, even in a court or labour dispute, which can only be supplied by a private investigator that is registered with the PSiRA, which is proof of his legitimacy as an investigator.

Although private investigators have more leeway than the police do, they still have to work within the law, which is why it’s important to ask the question; what can private investigators not do?

There are many fraudsters out there, calling themselves PI’s, however, unless they can give you their PSiRA registration number, give them a miss, or you could end up on the wrong side of the law!

What can private investigators not do?

Let’s first take a peek into what you can expect from highly trained, professional private investigators such as Jacques Botha and his team at King Investigators in South Africa, before we look at what they can’t do as investigators.

As a full-service private investigations firm, no case is off-limits for the team at King Investigators. This includes everything from locating missing people, providing lie detector tests, finding proof of whether or not a spouse is cheating, business intelligence investigations, which includes due diligence.

This team also carries out in-depth employee background checks and on other individuals, as well as using their extensive experience to do the research necessary for a civil or criminal case.

Although King Investigators are an independent private investigations firm, they also work in cooperation with the police, carrying out further investigation into witness statements, background information on the accused and more, which is then used to close cases that may otherwise be left open.

King Investigators are consummate undercover surveillance experts with well over a decade’s worth of experience out in the field, with the intrinsic knowledge required to remain undetected by the subject being followed.

Last but not least, a private investigator is allowed to carry a firearm, as long as it is licensed, and they have the necessary carry permits required by South African law.

What private investigators cannot do;

  • Carry out arrests
  • Break the law
  • Hack into computers, phones, email accounts and bank accounts, without the permission of the owner of these accounts and hardware 
  • Use GPS trackers on cars that do not belong to the client they are working for
  • They cannot trespass on private property
  • Bug phones

Need to hire a trusted private investigator in South Africa?

If integrity, honesty and affordable private investigator rates mean something to you, then King Investigations is the team to have on your side, no matter what your case may be!

You’ll find the full range of investigative services here, and you’re more than welcome to contact Jacques on his hotline for a confidential, free consultation, which will give you clarity on your next move, with regard to hiring the best private investigators in South Africa.

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