By Detective Agency - Private Investigator Carter-Ha, Sep 14 2017 12:18PM
Ask A Private Detective Investigator - Tips On How To Hire A PI
When hiring a detective we suggest talking to the detective in-person and here are some questions to consider:
Is the detective experienced?
Ask the detective how much professional experience they have and how they came to be a private detective. Many detectives, likes those at Carter Harris, are ex- law enforcement or military and bring with them skills from their previous profession.
What field of investigation do they specialise in?
You may need to hire a detective with specialist skills, for example in surveillance, tracing people or fraud. Others may have more experience of matrimonial enquiries, personal injury and work place absence. Think about your situation and the types of skills you will require. Also ask if all work will be completed in house or outsourced, it’s important to know who’ll have access to your confidential information.
Is the detective local?
Many detective investigation agencies appear to offer national coverage. Check the investigator’s website and look for a physical address and if you can, verify that address by other means, for example does the investigation company appear in other directories listing the same address.
Does the investigator have proper insurance?
Professional indemnity insurance is part and parcel of running a legitimate business, so ask your investigator about their cover.
Choosing the best investigator for you
Ask if the investigator you are speaking with will be handling your case personally. This is an important point because many investigative agencies are what’s known in the trade as ‘facilitators’. Facilitators are companies or individuals who appear to offer investigative services across the breadth of the country.
Facilitators are able to offer this nationwide service by sub-contracting their cases to local private investigators. By the time your sensitive information or predicament is sub-contracted or handed over to a third party you’ll no longer be in control of who is handling your affairs.
Have any other questions, or need some further help or advice?
Call Carter Harris Investigations, for a confidential free review of your case
0800 832 1722