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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