Tracing is one of the most important parts of a private investigator’s job. It is a skill set that all PIs must have because tracing can be used for multiple reasons. If you’re on the lookout for a missing family member, or an estranged relative, a PI can do a much better job than you do it yourself.
While PIs are normal members of the public and do not have any special government vested powers in their role, their analytical skills help them analyse situations better and gather evidence. PIs have been working for individuals and corporate sectors both, assisting them in locating people and finding various types of information. Hiring PIs could be attributed to their portrayal in media shows where they have been shown providing similar services such as conducting surveillance, accessing social media accounts to locate whereabouts, locating missing persons and finding out where a particular individual has been.
Since PIs are not regulated or given any special authority by the government, they are bound to work under the Data Protection Act, which ensures that PIs only gather information through legal and ethical means. This means they have to assure the person hiring them, and the court, if needed, that the information and evidence has been acquired legally. If someone has gone into hiding, and doesn’t want to be found, tracking and locating them can be a particularly tough job. PIs have been trained particularly to track people, given the limited resources. They utilise digital and physical methods to achieve information and make a case out of it. With the onset of experience, a PI who has been working in the field for years, can find out multiple loopholes to divert challenges and obstacles and achieve the desired results. While working through loopholes, PIs have the legal obligation of working under the limits that have been allowed to them. Here’s how PIs use tracing to provide services:
- Locating Estranged Family Members
Sometimes due to calamities, severed relationships and conflicts make family members estranged with each other. This means that they lose all sorts of contact with each other and it’s a tough job contacting them again. To contact someone, you need to know what their location is. And that isn’t a very easy job. In such a situation, it is always advisable to hire a private investigator. PIs have the experience of finding people through multiple ways. Despite being normal citizens, they have a different outlook than most people and can easily help you finding an estranged relative or family member.
- Locating a Missing Person
In the case of a missing person, it is always advisable to contact the police immediately and wait for the first 24 to 48 hours. If the police cannot find the missing person or deliver satisfactory results, then it is better to hire a PI. PIs can help locate missing persons through their experience and by tracing the individuals each step before they went missing. They are experienced in advanced techniques and can deliver satisfactory results, ensuring that families can find peace knowing where their loved ones are.
- Locating a Debtor
Have you been looking for someone who owes you money? It could be someone who needs to pay you your debt money on time for your business, or a lender who has taken a loan and gone missing. PIs can be a good hire for times like these and they can help you locate the person in due time. They can help you provide legal documents proving that the concerned individual does owe you money and has to pay you back. Even if they are unable to completely track them down, PIs can provide better advice and solutions to your problems and how to solve them.
- Identifying Beneficiaries
You could be looking for a beneficiary who has been named in someone’s will and is nowhere to be found. If you feel like tracking that individual down through conventional means has no end result, then hiring a PI will do you good. PIs have a better experience at handling situations like these and can make the most out of simple information that you may deem meaningless.