Becoming a Private Investigator
A private investigator, an investigator, or private investigation agent, is someone who is able to hire people, teams or NGOs to undertake investigative duties. Private investigators may work for lawyers in criminal and civil cases. However, some private investigators specialize in particular areas of investigation such as corporate security, asset tracing, corporate fraud, corporate identity theft, missing persons, and white collar crime. They are also well known for their ability to track down and catch fugitives and criminals.
The main job of private investigators is to acquire private information on a target. They do this through many means, such as secretly recording conversations, monitoring the target’s computer use, tracking his movements through GPS technology, and following him or her for a period of time through numerous methods such as following a vehicle, following a trail of suspicious amounts of money, tapping a telephone, and so on. They perform other secret investigations as well. In order to carry out their duties satisfactorily, private investigators must possess knowledge of the legal system, relevant legislation and the necessary tactics to follow their targets. Below are some important things that private investigators must know.
Before hiring private investigators, business establishments and corporations require thorough background checks. A background check is important in any industry because it helps in determining if prospective employees have a clean record and whether they have any previous records of criminal activity. Business establishments also need to ensure that their surveillance systems are not compromised. Through background checks and surveillance, they will be able to identify any potential privacy issues that may arise with their surveillance systems.
It is also a legal requirement for law firms to hire licensed private investigators. However, not all law firms or companies are capable of hiring the best private investigators. There are many law firms or companies that do not have the required funds to hire the best private investigators. Lack of funds hinders them from hiring competent individuals who have been thoroughly tested and found fit for the job. Most aspiring private investigators are therefore required to have at least a bachelor’s degree.
For private investigators to qualify for a position in any law firm or company, they need to submit to thorough background checks. These background checks help determine if the private investigators have a clean criminal history. Additionally, they help to determine if they have any outstanding complaints from clients.
Many private investigators, especially those who are just starting out, need to experience being part of a surveillance team before they can successfully complete their own investigation. This means that some private investigators may require surveillance work experience prior to getting started. The work experience they get during their internship will prepare them for the job. Some private investigators may require surveillance work experience and then they can pursue this in their field.
Depending on what kind of private investigation as a private investigator is pursuing, he/she will require special equipment. For example, some investigators may work with forensics, which requires high-quality video equipment and software. Others may work with cell phone forensic, which requires particular cell phone equipment. Private investigation may require special clothing and protective gear such as gloves and jackets.
With surveillance work, there are certain computer forensic tools that are used. There are also certain software tools that may be required. The tools and software needed depending on what kind of surveillance private investigators is pursuing. Those who are into criminal activity may need tools such as undercover cameras, digital video recorders and video surveillance equipment. Those who specialize in cyber crimes may need software tools such as proof cleaners, anti-spyware and spy bots.