The purpose of a private investigator is to help individuals, lawyers, and businesses find information that is not easily accessible. The list below is a small sample of the tasks a private investigator can do for you.
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1. Background checks
Background checks are performed to verify someone’s identity, understand a person’s criminal history, uphold workplace safety, and to conform to company security clearance guidelines.
Fact: 75% of employers say they have hired the wrong person; the average cost of one bad hire was nearly $17,000
2. Mobile or stationary surveillance
Surveillance is the practice of watching a subject in order to document activity.
Fact: Surveillance is conducted in order to prevent crimes, obtain information to be used in court, obtain evidence of a crime, obtain evidence in civil suits, etc.
3. Insurance investigations
This a form of fraud investigation centered on deceitful, false or inflated claims.
Fact: Conservatively, fraud steals $80 billion a year across all lines of insurance. This raises costs for everyone.
4. Serve subpoenas & official documents
Serving papers on another person is an official handing over of documents. Papers must be “served” on any other person who is involved in the law suit or who the law requires get the papers.
Fact: PIs and process servers average a 92% success rate when performing this task, compared to 74% success rate by Sheriffs.
5. Corporate investigation
This is the thorough investigation of a business/corporation in order to uncover wrongdoing by employees, management, or even third parties.
Fact: According to ACFE’s 2014 Global fraud study, average organizations lose 5% of revenues each year. This amounts to $3.7 trillion globally.
6. Domestic Investigations
This type of investigation has to do with individuals and with personal issues. Domestic investigation can help you uncover infidelity, avoid fraud, theft, and other forms of criminal problems in your own home.
Fact: It is estimated that roughly 30% to 60% of all married individuals (in the United States) will engage in infidelity at some point during their marriage.
7. Accident Investigation & Reconstruction
Vehicular accident reconstruction is the scientific process of investigating, analyzing, and drawing conclusions about the causes and events during a vehicle collision.
Fact: U.S. 2014 statistics show that 32,675 people were killed in 29,989 crashes.
8. Social Media Investigation
This type of investigation uncovers facts from social media posts, updates, etc. These facts may be presented as part of a background check, support alibis, and offer valuable information relevant to court cases.
Fact: A crime linked to Facebook is reported to police every 40 minutes.
9. Child Support / Custody investigation
This is an objective observation of a child’s well-being and treatment by his or her parents as a result of a separation, divorce or custody case.
Fact: According to data gathered by CPS-CSS, $32.9 billion dollars in child support was owed during the year 2013.
10. Identity theft investigation
Simply put, identity theft is when someone pretends to be you. This is often accomplished by stealing personal information such as DOB, SSN, etc. This type of investigation aims to uncover facts about this wrongdoing.
Fact: According to the US Department of Justice (DOJ), 17.6 million people in the US experience some form of identity theft each year. Identity theft victims lost a whopping $15.4 billion in 2014.
11. Missing Person & Skip Tracing
This is the process of tracking down people who have gone missing, or that have defaulted on a debt.
Fact: Bounty hunting and skip tracing are not the same thing. Bail bondsmen and bounty hunters employ professional skip tracers to locate individuals who failed to meet the conditions of their bond.
12. Fact Finding
This is the end goal of all investigations, and the ultimate reason as to why private investigators are hired. Documented facts are used as evidence to support a specific position.
Can you Google all of these tasks and “try” to do it yourself? Maybe. However, if you want the job done RIGHT, hiring a private investigator is the obvious choice.
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