Private Investigators are quite common in pop culture and media – yet most people don’t know when they should approach one. Naturally, a few stereotypical jobs almost immediately come to mind, but PIs can do so much more than that.

Private Investigators are tech-savvy, professional, and available to help in various ways. The simple truth is that they are very good at their jobs and at handling countless different scenarios and issues. Read below for some examples of why a person might want to hire a Private Investigator.

Finding Someone

There are many reasons to approach a PI to help you find a person. For example, divorces and other legal proceedings require the other party to be served to receive legal paperwork notifying them of what is occurring. Frequently, these secondary parties know what is happening and what to avoid being served to prevent the start of legal proceedings. 

This is where a PI can come into play. They can help locate these missing parties, including finding their current address, phone number, etc. This information can then be used to help the case go forward.

There’s another common reason why a person might want the help of a PI: finding a missing person. Contrary to popular belief – you do not have to sit and wait the allotted time before a police investigation picks up a missing person case. You can hire a PI the moment you suspect something is wrong. They can begin the search and, should it become necessary, hand over all relevant information to the police. Assuming they don’t find your missing person before it hits that point. 

Finding Something

Property has a way of going missing. Sometimes it is lost; other times, it is stolen. Private Investigators can help with the lost property. Though in truth, this is but one way that PIs can help with property disputes and concerns.

Private Investigators can look into property records, county records, and any other public information available. This labyrinth of information can be overwhelming to somebody on the outside, but PIs know how to shift through all of the information. So those that need documentation (for legal proceedings or personal reasons) can hire a Private Investigator to help with the search.

Collecting Evidence

When most people think of Private Investigators and their daily work, they are likely thinking of how they collect evidence. Tailing an unfaithful spouse, finding evidence of fraud, and obtaining information for a custody case are all part of what a Private Investigator can do.

There are many ways that a PI can gather evidence, from digging up records to supplying photographic proof. It all depends on the individual case and what information will be required. 

Collecting Background Information

Running a background check is standard in many industries – but what Private Investigators can offer is a little more in-depth and personalized than online services offer. They can look up arrest records (local, state, and federal), dig into any civil filings that have been made public, and even look into any licenses they have (and whether they are active or have been revoked).

It isn’t uncommon to hear of background checks being run for new tenants, nannies and babysitters, and even employees. Usually, a background check doesn’t require an incredibly detailed search, though there are exceptions to this rule.

Dealing with a Personal Injury Claim/Accident

Lawsuits are a standard solution to injuries and accidents, but they typically require evidence to proceed. Those suffering from an injury benefit from hiring a Private Investigator to gather evidence for their case. Generally, this information will include witness testimonies, videos, or photographic evidence.

The same is true for those defending against a personal injury or accident suit. They will want to gather evidence proving that they are in the right, which sometimes includes proof of fraud.

The above examples are just a few of how a Private Investigator can make a person’s life easier. Their job is to collect evidence and information – and they do it well. There’s no limitation to how this skill can be applied, so if you have a unique need, there is no harm in reaching out to see if they can help.