A Private Eye & frequently asked questions

A Private Eye & frequently asked questions

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. How much does a private investigator cost?

The price you can expect to pay for a private investigator to take on your case will vary from case to case and it will entirely depend on your inquiry and your requirements.  Factors that will play a part in the cost include the number of operatives that will take part in carrying out the investigation, mileage undertaken, and the tools, equipment and resources required. You can add up the time required to complete the task as well.

Typical starting costs for common investigations are:

Tracing people – £149

Surveillance – £225

Background checks – £775

Cheating Partner Investigations – £645

5. How Do Private Investigators Get Paid?

Most of the times, private investigators & detectives charge an hourly fee that is based on the complexity of the case, the location and other factors. Some services may be available for a flat fee, such as a background or record check, so it highly depends on what you are looking for and the dimensions of you case. Many private investigators will give you a baseline fee that this is where a certain investigation service will begin from and the prices will increase with the increasing details. You may also have to pay for out-of-pocket expenses that private investigators expend to complete the service, such as mileage, airline charges, copying charges, long distance telephone call charges and photo printing charges.

6. Who can Hire A Private Investigator?

The services provided by a private detective or a private investigation agency is valuable.  The service is available to a large number of audience and people that can include, common people, businessman, lawyers and other professionals. Below is a list of people who can hire a private investigator:

  • Members of the public
  • Solicitors and the Legal profession
  • Human resources professionals
  • Landlords
  • Common people
  • Business owners
  • Insurance professionals
  • Borough, Town and City Councils

7. 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!

8. 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.

9. 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.

10. How Do I Choose the Right Private Investigator?

Hiring a private investigator would require thorough thinking and one should refrain from making rash decisions. Instead, research the market, make a list of private investigator and research each investigator. Complete a brief phone interview with him or her and request an initial consultation. Many top of the line Private Investigators will give you a free consultation. You may need to ask him or her several questions in order to learn about everything that is important to you. Be sure that you ask specifically about how he or she charges and how does the cost breakdown looks on the paper. Ask for an approximation of what the entire service will cost you and whether an upfront retainer is required. Ask for a written retainer agreement before you pay the investigator. Additionally, check if the Private investigator is associated with all the concerned respected associations such as WAPI, UKPIN and holding a data protection license so that you know the investigator is bound by the laws of the regulating bodies and you can rest assured.

For discreet private investigation services in the UK, get in touch with P.I.U.K today.You can contact us by completing the enquiry form here, Contact Us or else call us on 0800 002 9858 | 07730439156

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