Category: Private Investigations South Africa

Private Investigations South Africa: Types Of Investigations And What It Entails

Private Investigations South Africa

Private Investigations South Africa: Types Of Investigations And What It Entails

At some point in time, whether you are a business owner, manager at a company or a private individual, you may require the services of a Private Investigator. The types of investigations are endless. We cover some of these to provide you with some insight into this type of service.

The Responsibilities Of A Private Investigator – An Overview

Private investigators engage in a variety of work not often associated with the industry in the mind of the public. For example, many are involved in process serving, the personal delivery of summons, subpoenas, and other legal documents to parties in a legal case.

The tracing of absconding debtors can also form a large part of a PI’s work load. Many agencies specialize in a particular field of expertise. For example, some PI agencies deal only in tracing.

A handful of firms specialize in technical surveillance counter-measures, sometimes called electronic counter measures, which is the locating and dealing with unwanted forms of electronic surveillance (for example, a bugged boardroom for industrial espionage purposes).

This niche service is typically conducted by those with backgrounds in intelligence / counterintelligence, executive protection, and a small number from law enforcement entities whose duties included the covert installation of eavesdropping devices as a tool in organized crime, terrorism and narco-trafficking investigations.

Other PIs, also known as corporate investigators, specialize in corporate matters, including anti-fraud work, loss prevention, internal investigations of employee misconduct (such as Equal Employment Opportunities violations and sexual harassment), the protection of intellectual property and trade secrets, anti-piracy, copyright infringement investigations, due diligence investigations, malware and cyber-criminal activity, and computer forensics work. Some PIs act as professional witnesses where they observe situations with a view to reporting the actions or lack of them to a court or to gather evidence in antisocial behaviour.

Private Investigations South Africa – Types Of Private Investigations

The lists of private investigations are endless. Here are some examples of Private Investigations that may be conducted by a Private Investigator:

  • Stock loss
  • Theft
  • Surveillance
  • Cheating Spouse
  • Cell Monitoring
  • Bug Sweeping
  • Domestic Investigations
  • Pre-Marital Investigations
  • Missing Person Location
  • Missing Teen Location
  • Locating Birth Parents
  • Hidden Asset, Property and Employment Location
  • Alimony Reduction
  • Child Custody Investigations
  • Child Support Investigations
  • Insurance Fraud
  • Private Litigation and Civil Lawsuit Support
  • Criminal Defense Investigations

These are just a few options provided by Private Investigations Service Companies, and this is not a comprehensive list.

How Can Mantis Security Assist With Your Private Investigations?

With more than 30 years of experience in the security industry, Mantis Security boasts the investigative experience and professional competencies to offer an integrated investigation framework that our clients can feed into (inter alia) in legal, accounting, human resource and information technology functions.

Click here to read more about who uses Private Investigators the most.

Would you like to be quoted on the services of a private investigator for private or company use? Click here to get in touch with us today!

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https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Private_investigator

https://www.secur.co.za/private-investigations/

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Private Investigation Outcomes: What To Do When Your Investigation Is Concluded

Private Investigation Outcomes

Private Investigation Outcomes: What To Do When Your Investigation Is Concluded

You have hired a Private Investigator or made use of the services of a company specialising in Private Investigations. The investigation is complete; and they provide you with the outcome of it. What do you do next? Well, it depends on the type of investigation you have had conducted.

What To Do When Your Investigation Is Concluded?

“Just as insurers and attorneys have special needs, so too do private individuals. You have likely come here looking for answers. You may be facing a personal crisis or having doubts about the loyalty or wellbeing of a loved one. You may have suspicions which you need confirmed or laid to rest. Whether you are dealing with a missing child, a cheating spouse a divorce, or a child custody matter; we are prepared to help you determine the truth. Knowing the truth will empower you to move forward decisively and confidently.”

Depending on the type of investigation conducted, outcomes should be dealt with on a case by case basis.

  • Police and Law Enforcement

The first expert’s private investigators reach out to are typically police officers. That should be a no-brainer, as cases sometimes involve criminal activities.

For example, if a client hires a private investigator to find their missing child, the investigator will reach out to the detectives already assigned to that case for the information they’ve already gathered. But just because private investigators work with the police, it doesn’t mean that they work for the police. It’s important to remember that Private Investigators can NOT make a legal arrest, and they can’t impersonate an officer.

The job of a PI is to gather information, not enforce the law.

In the case of Police and Law Enforcement investigations, what you will need to do will largely depend on the outcome and what the law states in terms of the investigation that was conducted.

  • Lawyers

Crime and law go hand in hand. If private investigators work with officers, it stands to reason that they would work with lawyers. In fact, they work with lawyers so often that’s where a big bulk of their clients come from.

Exceptional Private Investigators are so helpful for finding evidence for legal cases that law firms generally have an in-house investigator to do surveillance.

With Private Investigators who work with lawyers, the same protocol would apply as in the case with Police and Law Enforcement.

  • Insurance Companies

In special cases, insurance companies may hire private investigators to assess the scene of an accident, and cross-reference stories to ensure they correlate.

Insurance companies don’t just need investigators for collision disputes, there’s a big demand to investigate worker’s compensation – a huge industry rife with fraud.

An insurance company sends out private investigators to get photographs of a subject bending over to pick up heavy things, playing golf, or riding bike. This is a problem for the insurance company, because “the subject is supposed to be disabled, but those images show that they’re not.”

With the private investigator’s help, the insurance company can stop people from taking advantage of their services.

In the event of Private Investigations conducted on behalf of Insurance Companies, the companies may decide to reduce the client’s cover, open a case of fraud, and much more. This will also largely depend on the type of investigation.

  • Private Clients

As thrilling as it would be to join your private investigator on your case, clients cannot join the investigator during the investigation or surveillance.

Clients are involved to the point that they want certain info – and private investigators find that info. Do away with the Hollywood ideal of ride-along stakeouts. While the private client’s emotions may run high during an investigation, private investigators remain a non-interested third party, and have no emotional interest in the case.

When it comes to Private Clients who make use of Private Investigators, the list is endless of the type of investigations that may be conducted. What the client will do based on the outcome of an investigation will depend solely on the case at hand and any applicable laws relating to it.

Click here to get in touch with us to discuss your Private Investigation needs!

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http://www.jjprivateinvestigators.co.za/personal-investigations/

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Private Investigators – Who Uses PI Services The Most?

Private Investigators

Private Investigators – Who Uses PI Services The Most?

The old idea of a mysterious man wearing a long coat, a hat and carrying around a magnifying glass is probably the first image that comes to mind when you hear the term Private Investigator. This couldn’t be further from the truth; PI’s play a crucial role in decoding mysterious crimes, assisting in legal matters, and helping private and public clients.

Mantis Security is proud to offer Private Investigator services to the public. Here are a few major roles Private Investigators manage that you may not be aware of.

Who Uses Private Investigators?

  • Police and Law Enforcement

The first expert’s private investigators reach out to are typically police officers. That should be a no-brainer, as cases sometimes involve criminal activities.

For example, if a client hires a private investigator to find their missing child, the investigator will reach out to the detectives already assigned to that case for the information they’ve already gathered. But just because private investigators work with the police, it doesn’t mean that they work for the police. It’s important to remember that Private Investigators can NOT make a legal arrest, and they can’t impersonate an officer.

The job of a PI is to gather information, not enforce the law.

  • Lawyers

Crime and law go hand in hand. If private investigators work with officers, it stands to reason that they would work with lawyers. In fact, they work with lawyers so often that’s where a big bulk of their clients come from.

Exceptional Private Investigators are so helpful for finding evidence for legal cases that law firms generally have an in-house investigator to do surveillance.

  • Insurance Companies

In special cases, insurance companies may hire private investigators to assess the scene of an accident, and cross-reference stories to ensure they correlate.

Insurance companies don’t just need investigators for collision disputes, there’s a big demand to investigate worker’s compensation – a huge industry rife with fraud.

An insurance company sends out private investigators to get photographs of a subject bending over to pick up heavy things, playing golf, or riding bike. This is a problem for the insurance company, because “the subject is supposed to be disabled, but those images show that they’re not.”

With the private investigator’s help, the insurance company can stop people from taking advantage of their services.

  • Private Clients

As thrilling as it would be to join your private investigator on your case, clients cannot join the investigator during the investigation or surveillance.

Clients are involved to the point that they want certain info – and private investigators find that info. Do away with the Hollywood ideal of ride-along’s stakeouts. While the private client’s emotions may run high during an investigation, private investigators remain a non-interested third party, and have no emotional interest in the case.

 

Would you like to be quoted on the services of a private investigator for private or company use? Click here to get in touch with us today!

Private Investigation South Africa

Private Investigation South Africa

Private Investigation South Africa

Thanks to silver-screen antics and moves abound, there are an endless supply of myths about private investigators embedded into our culture. Fancy cars, law breaking, immediate arrests, computer hacking – we hate to break it to you, but that’s not how it works on the job.

We know that private investigators are usually hired when something is, for lack of a better term, wrong. But it’s important to have realistic expectations when you hire one. Yes, private investigators can help you in situations where there are no other solutions, but they simply aren’t magic workers, and they can’t break the law.

What Do Private Investigators Do?

Private Investigators work independently and in cooperation with law enforcement. They provide their services to clients who hire them. The majority of the work they do is similar to that of a Detective, often conducting investigations on missing people, doing background checks on people, and researching information on legal, financial, personal or criminal investigation.

Private Investigators are not legally authorized to perform acts that would otherwise be performed by a Police Officer (e.g. arresting people or conducting warranted searches), they may carry and use a firearm provided they have the necessary permits. They are, nevertheless, often required to present the results and findings of their investigations to their clients or in a court of law as testimony and evidence.

What Private Investigators Can and Cannot Do

  • Can Private Investigators Break The Law?

Answer: No. PI’s are regular people, with regular powers. They have expertise in gaining information, but certainly don’t have special powers that say they don’t have to abide by the law. Sure, private investigators can crack a case that a normal civilian can’t. But that doesn’t mean they have superhuman powers. In fact, they’re just ordinary people.

What makes private investigators different from your average person, however, are their experience, tools, and resources. Usually, this comes from years of working on the police force, military experience, training as an apprentice, or earning a state official private investigator license.

  • Can Private Investigators Hack into Computers or Phones?

Answer: No. While private investigators have the know-how to obtain public records for personal and corporate investigations, phones and computers are subject to the law – and to technical limitations.

When it comes to investigating phones, e-mail accounts, bank accounts, and social media profiles the only way to access them legally is with the owner’s express permission. Sometimes, this causes issues as people tend to think these are the only ways of getting the information they are looking for. For instance, what if a husband wants to see if his wife is cheating on him? Surely he can just check the phone records to see if she’s calling someone else.

Even snooping through your partner’s phone has its limitations. It might be legal in some circumstances, but it may not be admissible in court. If you want evidence of your partner’s affair, you’ll have to get undeniable proof without breaking the law.

  • Can Private Investigators Follow Someone for You?

Answer: Yes! Surveillance is often the best way to get the evidence you’re looking for without getting into legal difficulty. If you think your husband or wife is cheating on you, PI’s can’t exactly get the text message, but they can put surveillance on him or her and follow them to see if they are cheating.

How does surveillances work? Usually private investigators “sit on the house, to see who’s in the house, who’s going to the house, figure out who’s there, and follow the person from the house to a different location.”

But stake-outs only go so far. They can only be conducted on public property. If they get caught on private property, and someone asks them to leave, then they must leave. And if their target leaves? Mobile surveillance is where a PI follows a person.

Modern methods also make surveillance cheaper, and less about hanging around in cars than it used to be. Modern investigators can set up remote cameras, or even track vehicles using a national database.

  • Can Investigators Be Action Heroes? 

Answer: No. On-screen private investigators are heralded as heroes with flashy cars and fancy technology, who will do anything — even break the law — to solve the case. But while Hollywood puts a glossy shine on PI life, they also make solving a case seem lightning fast. It doesn’t work that way. Private investigators spend long hours on the job tracking persons of interest to crack the case.

Instead, for cases involving surveillance or deep research, expect at least a few days or more to have your answers from your private investigator.

  • Can Private Investigators Find Most Information Online?

Answer: Yes and No! It’s not as exciting as following a potential cheater through a city, but researching is a highly useful skill that private investigators have for all sorts of cases, from skip-tracing (where they will locate someone) to asset searches.

Because investigators have access to resources and databases that an average civilian doesn’t, not to mention the experience and know-how, they can often find out things that others can’t. Looking into the background of a potential nanny or child minder, finding adoption records, or locating an ex-spouse to serve them alimony papers can often all be accomplished without an investigator ever leaving their computer.

Mantis Security Private Investigations

Each situation requires a different scope of work; most investigation services are highly confidential and are dealt with as such. In addition to 30 years’ experience in the industry, Mantis has a highly experienced Risk Manager and a qualified investigator to facilitate all investigations. Mantis’s professional competencies enable us to offer an integrated investigation framework that our clients can feed into (inter alia) in legal, accounting, and human resource and information technology functions.

If you’ve spent hours searching for something and you keep hitting dead end after dead end, it may be time to employ a private investigator to look into the matter. Private investigators routinely use human intelligence, interviews, and even paper records to get things done.

Click here to get in touch with us today!

 

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