Hiring a private investigator

Hiring a private investigator

4 things to consider before hiring a private investigator

Whether your loved one has gone missing or you’re worried an employee is feigning sickness, there are a number of reasons why people turn to hiring a private investigator. However, before you make the leap, we’ve listed a few things we think you should know.

1. Confirm if they have a licence

Although it isn’t necessary for private investigators to carry a licence in the UK, hiring one that does shows they have undertaken the right training and their work is approved by an official body. The World Association of Professional Investigators is a good organisation to look out for.

2. Find out how they will protect your confidentially

This should go without saying, but if you’re hiring a private investigator, you won’t want anyone else to know about it. While private investigators can be bound by law to reveal details of a case in certain circumstances, their reputation is built not only on their professionalism and success rate, but also on trust. Reputable private investigators will keep all of your information confidential and will never take details of you or your case outside of their premises.

3. Learn more about their expertise

Most private investigators will be capable of carrying out a number of assignments, but there will be some that specialise in one or two services. For example, a PI that specialises in surveillance might not have the skills or experience to perform background checks. Before hiring a private investigator, don’t be afraid to ask them for references or request a detailed breakdown of how they can help you.

4. Determine how they will contact you

If you suspect your spouse is cheating on you or you’re worried about workplace theft, it’s important that the private investigator doesn’t contact you while you’re in close proximity to the person under investigation. Professional private investigators will only call you at the times you specify, and will never give their company name over the phone. If you want to receive correspondence via email or in the post, you should let your PI know the safest address for them to send it to.

Are you considering hiring a private investigator?

To find out more about hiring a private investigator in the UK, contact us at Private Investigations UK on 0800 002 9858. We’re available 24/7 and are happy to answer any questions you have about our services.

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When to hire a private investigator

When to hire a private investigator

When to hire a private investigator to check for a cheating partner

There are times when you might feel concerned that your partner is cheating on you. This can often lead to embarrassing moments when you start checking their phones, emails and more to verify if someone is cheating. This is why knowing when to hire a private investigator is crucial.

At times, you might reach out to friends or family, but this isn’t always helpful. If they’ve not liked your partner, they might not look objectively at your concerns. This can lead to them jumping to the wrong conclusion.

Some people turn to private investigators to check whether their partner is cheating on them. This can be a great option. Private investigators are unbiased in their approach as they will get paid regardless of the result. But are they still the right course for ensuring your partner is remaining faithful? Here are some things to consider when deciding on when to hire a private investigator.

1. Are there any signs of infidelity?

The first thing you need to do is to think if there are signs of cheating. Has your partner’s behaviour changed recently? Are they more secretive, hiding their phone, emails or something else from you? Do they suddenly have less money? Are they absent for long periods for no reason?

If you can find signs that your partner might be cheating, then you might have reason to speak to a private investigator.

2. Do you have evidence?

Cheating often leaves some sort of evidence behind that you can collect. Even if it is vague, a private investigator needs to have some form of leads to go on. For instance, if your partner suddenly gets vouchers from a shop you’ve never shopped with them at, it could be evidence.

3. Does the private investigator have experience?

Next, you should discuss with potential investigators about their experience in identifying infidelity. Getting the right investigators onto your case is important. You need to have a private investigator that you trust and personally like. They should also use methods which will get results.

While making sure that your private investigator is affordable, don’t always go for price. Those who don’t have the right experience are often cheaper. They can sometimes miss important evidence or cut corners that can mean you don’t get the true facts.

If there are any other doubts over the private investigator, be sure to check past testimonials or reviews of the investigator. And always find out how the results of the investigation will be presented to you.


If you suspect that your partner may be cheating on you, you might want to turn to a private investigator. The truth is, that more than half of people who suspect their partners of cheating are usually right. If you have the cause for concern, evidence and the right investigator, you can find out whether your concerns are justified.

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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