Choosing a private investigator is is a tough job. How can you tell at a glance who’s the right one for you? A good investigator, as opposed to a bad one, should conduct their business in a professional manner, and charge you a fair fee for their services. Search engines and business directories are full of private investigators who make promises that are impossible to keep. They should never promise things that may not happen due to various incidents that may arise. A good investigator will always inform you on the things that may go wrong, in order for you to set realistic expectations. If you want to hire a private investigator, here are a few places to start your research from:
– Online search using your favorite search engine
– The business directory of t World Association of Private Investigators he Institute of Professional Investigators
– The directory of the World Association of Private Investigators
– Private Investigator Network
– Referrals from your acquaintances or friends
By using these search channels, you can find reliable professional investigators to hire.
I personally believe in the power or referrals. I would hire a professional who has been referred by one of my trusted friends or acquaintances at any time. The reason for this is that I don’t believe anyone would recommend a service they don’t like or trust. In addition, this would enable me to obtain answers to all my questions without having to undergo background checks and other such research work.
Here’s what you should be looking for in a good private investigator:
You should trust your first impression whenever you meet a potential candidate. Would you trust them to know all your deepest secrets? Is money their first concern in their business relationship with you? Does the person look trustworthy?
Unfortunately, private investigators don’t sign any confidentiality clause, so you have to make sure you hire someone honorable.
You should do your best to hire an investigator who already has a wealth of experience in the type of case you need him or her for. What is their educational background? Have they worked in the Military or in the Police? How long they’ve been working as private detectives?
Moreover, you need to find out what are the areas they specialize in. Ask them directly is they’ve previously handles cases like yours and what kind of results they have obtained.
It’s always wiser to hire someone who doesn’t work out of their house. A private investigator who works out of a business office appears more legit and more professional. This doesn’t mean there aren’t excellent investigators working out of their spare room. However, you need to ensure they have the proper man power to provide you with the range of services you need. Surveillance is a very delicate task, so it shouldn’t be carried out on their own. Here are a few questions to ask yourself in case someone offers you to do just that:
– How will you manage to follow him on longer distances?
– What are you going to do in case you need to stop at lights?
– What if they have to follow more than one individual at a time?
– How fast can you react on your own?
– Isn’t working alone dangerous?
A proper office can also speak volumes about the professionalism of a certain investigator.
A good private investigator should be able to provide you with a rough estimate as soon as you have given them all the details of your situation and yuor specific requirements. Once they have your brief, they should be able to calculate and inform you on the costs of the whole operation. They should stick to this amount, and notify you immediately in case they have to ask for a budget increase.
The Initial Meeting
I’ve met some investigators who refused to meet in person with their potential clients. The first thing that comes to mind in such situations is that the person may want to subcontract the job or that they don’t have their offices where they claim to be. If you aren’t sure about a certain investigator, just ask them to meet in person and see how they react.
Final Thoughts And Conclusions
Although the first encounter with a private investigator is usually difficult and loaded with lots of emotion, once you get to work together, they will provide you great support along the way. Just make sure you are prepared for any possible outcomes.