Hiring A UK Private Investigator

Hiring A UK Private Investigator

Hiring A UK Private Investigator

How often are you faced with a situation where you feel hiring a UK Private Investigator is the only option? Not very often… right? So where do you start and how can you make sure that the Private Investigator your thinking of hiring is the right choice for you. Bearing in mind that the private investigator industry in the U.K is not currently regulated, this open the doors for many rogue, fly by night individuals to set up and practice without any skill, experience or qualifications.

Before Hiring a Private Investigator, What should You Look Out For?

In the very first instance, the chances are that you did a quick search on google for a private investigator and felt compelled to call one of the first few listings at the top of the page. Please note that just because someone is listed in the top few positions on google does not mean that they are experienced and reputable. Anyone can pay to be listed in the first few listings and this does certainly not mean that this is the right fit for you. I appreciate that this may be a very emotional time in your life which is why you need help, so the last thing anyone want’s, is that you fall prey to a rogue firm.

First Step to take before hiring a Private Investigator

The very first thing I would recommend that you do, is call the number advertised on the listing during office hours and see if the call is answered. Many private Investigators embark on the journey of becoming a Private Investigator but start of as a part-time venture alongside their day job. Do you really want your case handled by a part-time private investigator? No… I didn’t think so either! If the call is answered, that’s a good sign. Now discuss your situation with the Investigator in great depth and take all the time you need. Don’t be rushed to just quickly summarise the situation. If you feel that you are being rushed and the conversation is diverted to the fee early on in the conversation, that’s generally not a positive sign and you should begin treading on the side of caution. As professional Private Investigators, our job is to help people. How can one expect to help someone or best advise them on their situation if they are not taking the time, to listen to the client?

How Does the Private Investigator Suggest They Can Help You?

Once you have briefed the Private Investigator about your situation, you should now expect a quote…right? Wrong!
You need to establish if this Private investigator has dealt with such a situation in the past and don’t feel afraid to ask about a past case. Of course the Private Investigator can’t reveal any sensitive information, but they should be able to give you an example and of course how they helped the client. Right now, you need to gain confidence in the Private Investigator you’re speaking with before discussing any fees.

Are the fees clearly quoted in a written agreement?

Being quoted a fee over the phone is fine but do not commit and make any payments over the phone or on a website without reading through the written contract. Any reputable UK private investigator will first send you a written contractual agreement clearly stating the official company registration details and address. This agreement must also clearly outline exactly what services you are paying for and what the private investigators obligations are to you. Without this crucial document, do NOT proceed. Over the years I have had many clients hiring our services after being completely disappointed with another firm where they have paid for a service without signing an agreement and of course that makes it extremely difficult to obtain a refund.

For more information please contact us Free on 0800 002 9858 or send your enquiry to contact@piuk.net

Services of a Private Investigator

Services of a private investigator

The range of services provided by a private investigator

Many people are unsure about the role of private detectives. What kind of work do they do on a day to day basis? How can they help you, or your business? Below we explain a little about the services that are provided by a private investigator, and how they can help you.

Infidelity investigations

If you have suspicions that your husband or wife is cheating, then a private investigator can help you. Once they have all personal details and information, such as where they work and who their friends are, then they can get to work on the surveillance of your spouse to find out if your suspicions are true. They use a combination of video and audio monitoring to gather evidence.

Tracing people

If you are at a complete loss in knowing how to trace a loved one in your life, then a private investigator can help you find that person. They are able to trace individuals via email, phone, social media and in person.

Phone number tracing

When you face the daily struggle and violation of nuisance and threatening phone calls, and suspect that you may be being stalked, if the police are unable to help you, then who can you turn to? A private investigator is able to trace such phone calls, allowing you to find out who the culprit is, and to then alert the police.

Tracking vehicles

Private investigator firms are able to use sophisticated GPS tracking systems to keep a constant surveillance on any vehicle. You may need this type of service if you have concerns that an individual is not going where they say they are going, or is using the vehicle inappropriately. Perhaps your staff member is not delivering goods on time, or is perhaps using the vehicle for personal use?

Surveillance

Surveillance services are used for both personal and commercial issues. In the commercial world, surveillance can be targeted on your competitors, to ensure that you always stay one step ahead.

To learn more about any of the services provided by Private Investigations UK, give us a call today.

Call now for a free consultation on 0800 002 9858 or 0773 043 9156 Lines are open 24 hours a day. Alternatively please contact us by email at contact@piuk.net

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How GPS tracking can provide you with hard evidence

How GPS tracking can provide you with hard evidence

Whether you’re thinking about using a private investigator for infidelity investigations, or you simply want to know the location of your vehicle, GPS tracking can help. If you need to know where your, or somebody else’s vehicle is along with evidence of the routes taken, and the locations visited, GPS tracking could prove to be the perfect solution for you.

What Is GPS vehicle tracking?

One of the most essential tools for carrying out modern surveillance is a GPS vehicle tracking system. Not only are they small, but they are an extremely effective piece of technology which can be fitted to vehicles discreetly before they are tracked in real time. The tracking device sends a signal to satellites, which allows us to track and monitor the vehicle at all times.

It will also allow us to find out the location of a vehicle, and if the vehicle has made any stops, the vehicle tracker can even tell us the length of time spent at each stop. Depending on what your investigation entails, we can also provide you with the vehicle’s speed whilst travelling. Put simply, it enables us to do a lot of things which could prove crucial to your investigation.

Once the vehicle tracker has been discreetly fitted, the vehicle’s movements are monitored and the information is recorded. We’re able to provide you with a fully comprehensive report of all the movements, along with any further information about the vehicle’s use. So whether you suspect a cheating partner or you’re running a business and want to keep an eye on your fleet of vehicles, GPS tracking could provide you with all the evidence you require.

GPS vehicle tracking: the benefits

Cost

GPS tracking is one of the most cost-effective methods when it comes to surveillance operations simply because it’s cheaper than having a vehicle physically followed by a private investigator. Of course, if you require photographic or video evidence, then a GPS tracker won’t be enough, but if you simply need to know the movements of a vehicle, then GPS tracking could be the way to go.

Reliability

When you get the results from a GPS tracker, you can be sure that they’re wholly accurate and reliable. Once the device is fitted, the vehicle can be easily monitored and all of the vehicle’s movements within the set time frame of the investigation will be thoroughly recorded.

If you need help finding information about a specific vehicle for private investigation purposes in the London area, give us a call today.

Call now for a free consultation on 0800 002 9858 or 0773 043 9156 Lines are open 24 hours a day. Alternatively please contact us by email at contact@piuk.net

25 activities of a Private Investigator

Many people hire a private investigator for a range of reasons, from domestic to commercial, but we have found that although each case is often entirely unique, the range of activities we as private investigators conduct throughout these investigations, often fall into one of these 25 activities.

  1. Finding a current or historical address
  2. Finding a date of birth, and where required birth, marriage, and death records
  3. Identifying known aliases
  4. Locating, retrieving, and analysing bankruptcy records…
  5. …and criminal records
  6. Locating home phone numbers and mobile phone numbers, and identifying the owner of each
  7. Identifying the owners of a corporation and analysing the corporate records
  8. Locating and interviewing current or former executives within a corporation
  9. Locating and interviewing current or former employees of a company
  10. Identifying mortgage information and establishing the market value of a property
  11. Looking through rubbish
  12. Locating and interviewing witnesses
  13. Searching for hidden assets
  14. Identifying foreign assets
  15. Locating current and historical vehicle records
  16. Locating bank account information
  17. Locating inheritances and identifying a will for an estate
  18. Locating probate records and a beneficiary for probate proceedings
  19. Discreetly gathering business intelligence and competitive intelligence
  20. Identifying and analysing business transactions and related party business transactions
  21. Finding online resumes
  22. Identifying social network profiles and analysing activities online
  23. Identifying and confirming education history
  24. Identifying and confirming previous employment history
  25. Conducting background checks on potential employees, witnesses, or jurors

In summary

As private investigators, we are able to tackle a range of domestic and commercial requests, seeking and analysing information so that we can present you with the bigger picture and keep you in the loop. Despite each case being completely different, the range of activities we will undertake to find this information is often in a similar vain. If you need the help of a private investigator, why not contact us today?

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