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12 Things a Private Investigator Can Do


Sometimes, television and Internet sources paint a much different picture of the services that private investigators can provide. Below is a summary of services that a private investigator can and cannot provide. This list is a good guide to distinguish between reality and fiction. Keep in mind that the below is a list of possibilities, but this is not limited to all that private investigators can do. The goal is to disclose the answers to some of the most frequently asked questions and requests. Whether for personal reasons, child custody issues, employment problems, or suspicion of fraud, a private investigator can help get you the answers you deserve.

While private investigators offer a wide range of potential services, there are limitations to their work. The list of things they cannot do is short, but an experienced agency such as Discreet Investigations will know how to direct you to get the evidence that answer your questions in a legal and professional manner.

Things Private Investigators Can Do:

  • Follow people, find out what they are doing, and obtain a complete description of a person’s routine and actions at particular times. This helps answer questions such as:
    Who they are coming into contact with?
    Where are they going?
    How do they act?
  • Use real-time GPS trackers to find out where a vehicle is going or has been.
  • Conduct detailed background checks on a person's past, including criminal records, financial problems, work history, marriage/divorce records, and assets.
  • Obtain court records.
  • Locate missing people and missing objects.
  • Conduct criminal investigations to prove innocence or guilt.
  • Obtain video evidence.
  • Install cameras such as security and covert nanny cams.
  • Provide protective services for people or property.
  • Debug phone lines and property.
  • Conduct unemployment and workers comp fraud.
  • Check license plates where applicable by law.

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