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Saturday, March 22nd

Which industry are we?


There’s a debate about where private investigators come in as an industry – are PI’s part of “Law Enforcement” the legal industry or are they more like researchers?

Some people lump all investigators under the heading “security companies” and I can see why. Many of our investigations, wither it be tracing debtors or carrying out surveillance to catch fraudsters, do end up with legal and law enforcement consequences. PI’s get a lot of regular work from solicitors as well, so we often end up as the long arm of a legal team. Remember not all our work is purely law enforcement based, we can establish facts for a solicitor to use in court. Finding a husband/wife’s other undisclosed properties during divorce proceedings is a good example. The person you’re checking up on has done nothing illegal, but the solicitor suspects they’re trying to avoid paying the client the true amount of what they owe.

I usually advertise under the heading “security companies” or “family history” in directories where there’s no section for private investigators.

Thanks,
Andy

Andy on 03.22.08 @ 08:49 AM CST [link]

Saturday, March 1st

UK Private Investigator Blog - "Postcards, adoption thoughts and CoD4"


Hi,

February was a good month, I got a lot of work done and reunited a lot of people. Work can be stressful though! lol To relax I’ve been playing Call of Duty 4, an excellent game although I do feel you’re paying mostly for the multiplayer…

One of the topics I’ve been thinking about this month is, in adoption cases if I can only trace a child of my client’s birth parent should I ever make contact with them? They’d probably know little if anything about their mum having previously adopted their half-brother/sister. In cases like that you really have to try everything at your disposal before contacting anyone other than the birth mother in question and you’d need to be as discrete as possible. Preferably tell them anything other than you’re working an adoption case. It’s a situation that can be very messy indeed, I’d think many of my clients would have second thoughts about contacting their half-sibling rather than their birth parent.

I’ll also be sending out 100 postcards this months to promote my services to solicitors throughout Scotland and Northern England. I’ve been working on coming up with a decent and informative design using vistaprint.co.uk . So if you get one, contact me either through this site or by letter to start the investigations you require.

Thanks,
Andy

Andy on 03.01.08 @ 10:19 AM CST [link]