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.

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