Private Criminal Investigations
Using a private investigator for criminal investigations is sometimes necessary when caught up in or accused of a crime, whether personally or through business. The usual process of reporting a crime is done through the local police agencies or law enforcement, who are then obliged to start a formal investigation.
Government or State law enforcement agencies are usually the one’s to investigate criminal cases but that has now changed somewhat. It is commonplace for individuals and businesses to hire the services of private investigators to conduct private criminal investigations rather than report a crime to law enforcement; (although there are crimes that by law must be reported). Using a private investigator's services for criminal investigations can give the victim (a person or entity of whom the crime was committed against) better control. Here are some reasons a private criminal investigator may be hired instead of using the police:
- A high profile individual (such as an actor) may want to investigate a crime without the publicity of going to the police. The unfortunate possibility of reporting crimes to police agencies run the risk of being made public in the news – particularly if high profile.
- A corporate business wants to investigate a crime internally so as not to harm their public reputation and cause their market share price to drop.
- The crime may be too petty for police to commit too many resources to fully investigate it, due to budgets and/or the limited potential of a criminal charge being brought against the criminal once found.
Law enforcement and police do have their restrictions, such as manpower and budgets, and therefore have to prioritize cases on the severity of the crime committed and if it's in the public's interest to fully investigate it. The police are more likely to spend resources investigating a homicide and less likely to spend much time on a petty theft - that’s where using the services of a criminal case private investigator comes in.