+ Private Individuals+ Corporate and Commercial Businesses+ Lawyers and Legal Bodies+ Insurance Companies
+ Excellent communication in both spoken and written form+ Excellent observation skills+ Strong analytical skills+ Highly confident+ Ability to work with others and alone+ Able to be patient and show empathy
+ Able to drive – a private investigator is no good if they can’t drive, at least to follow someone.+ Basic computer skills – needed to conduct online investigations and write case reports.+ A knowledge of the law – keeping the investigation legal is a must if you don’t want to be faced with legal action; or if you plan to use the evidence in court.+ Able to advise on the viability and best course of action for your case – keeps your costs down, minimises wasted time, and keeps it legal.+ Knowledge of County, State resources – the investigator can swiftly find information without wasting time and your money.+ Knowledge of and able to use investigative equipment – can provide clear evidence in photographic, video or audio formats that aids your case.+ Able to conduct interviews and written statements – can expertly elicit oral evidence from suspects or witnesses and document that evidence in written statement form.+ Conduct various aspects of surveillance – can blend in when following someone, whether on foot or in a vehicle, keeping the investigation going without alerting the subject(s) of the investigation.+ Skills to trace people – can track down runaways, debtors, witnesses, suspects, connected with your case.+ Carry out process serving (serving court documents) – can serve court documents on your behalf in accordance with legal procedures and legislation.+ Investigate sources of information and evaluate evidence – ensures the information uncovered is verified for its veracity and if it’s relevant to your case.+ Social awareness and ability to get on with people – can read people well, judge situations easily, and can warm-up to people (which aids in the ease of communication and flow of information from sources, related to your case).+ Able to present evidence in court as a professional witness – is confident in giving testimony about the facts uncovered relating to your case.+ Write accurate case reports for the client – your report should be detailed with dates, times, actions, findings, etc. in a way that is intelligible, so you can make reliable decisions based upon it.
+ Investigating individuals, such as a spouse suspected of cheating, someone suspected of insurance fraud, or simply an employee background check.+ Finding people for reasons of bringing lost relatives together, locating witnesses for legal purposes, finding fugitives, or people who have disappeared owing money.+ Locating objects, stolen property, hidden assets.+ Investigating crimes, theft, fraud, drug abuse, copyright infringement.+ Case research for attorneys.
+ Computer Forensics Specialists+ Forensics Investigators+ Technical Surveillance Countermeasures TSCM (De-bugging) Specialists+ Accident Reconstruction Investigators+ Insurance Fraud Examiners+ Polygraph (Lie Detector) Specialists+ Financial Investigators / Forensic Accountants+ Criminal Investigators+ Surveillance Investigator Specialists+ Undercover Investigators