Have you recently experienced a situation that has prompted you to consider hiring a private investigator but didn’t know where to start? Choosing a reputable company may seem challenging in these uncharted waters, so let’s take a look at a few things you should know about private investigators before you hire;
Do a background check on a prospective investigator
When looking to retain the services of a private investigator it’s essential that you conduct a bit of research to find out as much as you can about a prospective investigator. Factors to take into consideration to validate their legitimacy include, but aren’t limited to;
- How long the private investigator has been active in his industry
- What his limitations may be in terms of service offering
- There are areas of the portfolio which are outsourced
- Investigators who aren’t able to offer references
Investing the time to do research and preparation will empower you to have peace of mind when you finally decide on the investigator you hire. For this type of service, its crucial you’re comfortable as you’ll be sharing sensitive information with him.
Make sure he’s a registered and licensed investigator
It’s a criminal offence for any private investigator in South Africa to run an operation without being registered with the Private Security Industry Regulatory Authority (PSIRA), to the extent that they can face a prison sentence of up to two years for non-compliance.
Not only does this protect the investigator, but it provides clients with the security they need to ensure their investigator is complying with PSIRA’s code of ethics. The last thing any client wants is to find out information in the investigation was obtained illegally.
The repercussions of hiring an unlicensed investigator
There are a variety consequences to working with an unlicensed private investigator that could land you in hot water with the law, which will hold you responsible for the actions of the investigator you’ve hired.
Information obtained by an unlicensed investigator will not stand up to scrutiny in court, which means it could be considered illegal and thrown out of court, possibly leading to losing your case.
Discuss the breakdown of expenses
Before allowing your selected private investigator to commence any work, it’s important you get a detailed breakdown of all potential services rendered on what you’ve requested, and what costs could be incurred.
By doing this, you know you’re going to get exactly what you’re paying for and you can budget appropriately for it. This also ensures there are no hidden costs and gives you confidence in the fact that your investigator will not be padding expense accounts with non-existent costs!
Contact King Investigators today
Take the points mentioned above into account and you’ll be well on your way to dealing with the best private investigators in South Africa when you make King Investigators your first choice. Contact the team today for a confidential chat to get the ball rolling in the right direction to protect your interests.