Private Eye Answers Some Of The Most Frequently Asked Questions
When it comes to the roles, responsibilities and key tasks of a private eye, there are a lot of misconceptions that exist, largely due to the fact that investigators are very frequently the leads in all manner of fictional work, from books to plays, movies to podcasts.
So, with that in mind, we’re here to provide some answers to some of the most common questions around private investigations and ensure that you’re very aware of what they can do, and what they cannot do.
1. Are private investigators legal?
Using a private eye is very much legal, but you must be aware that they are only allowed to work within the confines of the law; they do not have the same powers as the police, and so they must obey the rules and regulations of the county in which they operate.
2. What sort of information can private investigators access?
They can access all information that is either in the public domain but can also gain access to private documents and business records if the correct permissions are obtained. Generally speaking, a private investigator will work with what is publicly available – social media, internet articles, publicly-available documentation – and they are also able to dedicate time to tracking movements and can spend extensive periods of time tying loose ends together.
3. What services does a private eye offer?
A private eye offers many services to private individuals, businesses and local government agencies. A brief list of some of the services offered are detailed below:
4. Will a person that is being investigated be aware they’re being followed?
If a private eye is to be successful, they will be very adept at staying quiet, and making sure they are not operating in a manner that is in any way suspicious. The only way they will ever become aware that they are being followed or investigated is if you tell them!
5. Can phones be tapped or bugged?
Private investigators cannot legally tap anyone’s phone. However, if a mobile phone or laptop is physically handed to a private eye, there is software available that will allow them to recover call logs, text messages or documents, even if they have been deleted. This will, however, only be done if it is 100% legal.
6. Will all communications channels be kept private and confidential?
Confidentiality, and carrying out tasks in a manner that is private and secret, is the bread and butter of a professional private eye. Every client will have their own preferred communication medium – email, phone calls, text messages, letters – so make clear how you would prefer to communicate from the outset.
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