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.
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.