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Private Investigators UK

Private investigator uncovers the truth

Private investigators are an efficient and effective solution

Private detectives may seem like they belong on the silver screen, but they are much more than just Hollywood protagonists.

In the UK alone there are an estimated 10,000 private detectives, all of whom are determined to help individuals solve problems, uncover truths or gather information that may otherwise be incredibly difficult to obtain.

Hire a Private Investigator to help you

Hiring the services of a private detective may seem like an outlandish and somewhat eccentric thing to do, but their abilities are probably far more varied and diverse than you would initially think.

Is hiring a private investigator an effective solution

We hear time and time again that the UK police force is stretched to breaking point. Pick up any newspaper and you’re likely to find an article that mentions such a scenario.

Why hiring a private investigator is a good idea

In October of 2016, one of Scotland’s largest newspapers, the Daily Record, reported that Police Scotland saw almost 200,000 sick days because officers are not getting the support they require [https://www.dailyrecord.co.uk/news/scottish-news/police-scotland-stretched-breaking-point-8954899]. Similarly, back in July the Manchester Evening News sensationally claimed that there are two hours every afternoon where officers are either unable, or struggle, to attend ‘any job’ [https://www.manchestereveningnews.co.uk/news/greater-manchester-news/gmp-call-outs-inquest-gatley-11137257] because they are so overworked.

We are by no means demeaning the efforts of the police – they work long hours and to challenging deadlines – but what we are keen to highlight is that police time is limited. They may not be able to track a vehicle or gather intelligence, either because of time constraints or because they have other cases they must prioritise, and that’s where private investigators come in.

A private investigators undivided attention

A private investigator can give their undivided attention to your case. Be it tracking an individual, surveilling a property or discovering whether a spouse is being unfaithful, private investigators will be able to assist you precisely when you need it most.

If you have already decided that you require a private eye, or would like more information about how private investigators can help you, please do not hesitate to get in touch.

All of your information will, of course, remain 100% private and confidential, and there is no obligation to hire a professional once you have submitted your enquiry. We are here to help.

Call now for a free consultation without obligation on 0800 002 9858 or for 24 Hr Contact +44(0)7730439156

trace a missing person

How a private investigator helps you trace a missing person?

How a Private Investigator can help you trace a missing person

When a loved one goes missing, the emptiness and despair can quickly set in, especially when there appears to be no leads. However, here at Private Investigations UK we have resources and tools that can help you find that missing person. From a different perspective, some people that go missing, disappear to avoid repaying debts, or because they are suspected of a crime. Although these two scenarios are extremely different, we have the skills and experience to solve both domestic and commercial missing person mysteries, and discover the truth for our clients.

The internet

Of course, the first place to begin any investigation is the internet, and you have probably attempted this method yourself on more than one occasion. However, for everything the internet can achieve, it’s not the most reliable tool to help you find a missing person. In fact, the information you can glean about a person’s whereabouts from an internet search is usually outdated.

Databases

Here at Private Investigations UK we have access to literally thousands of pieces of information, in the form of databases, at our disposal. We can search through

  • business and corporation records including executives and former executives, as well as director information
  • voter registration and electoral information
  • homeowner and mortgage details
  • public records
  • vehicle registration details including boats and aircrafts
  • legal name change information

Legal aspects

When searching for a missing person there are some legal barriers that do arise, namely the Data Protection Act and Privacy Laws. These laws and regulations are there to protect the public and keep their data secure, and so they can extend the time it takes to track down a missing person, but at Private Investigations UK we always work within the law, and we have a great record of accomplishment doing so.

In summary

Tracking a missing person is almost impossible without a private investigator with access to public databases and records, especially when you take into consideration the laws that need to be navigated. Here at Private Investigations UK we have an incredibly high record when it comes to finding missing persons, why not contact us today?

Call now on 0800 008 9858 / 0773 043 9156 for a Free consultation without obligation or send your enquiry to contact@piuk.net

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GPS Vehicle Tracking

Private Investigators help with GPS Vehicle Tracking

An invaluable method of monitoring vehicle movement, a GPS tracking device can give information regarding the location of a vehicle at all times, and even provide data on the length of time spent at specific locations. This is a great way for fleet commercial vehicle owners to protect their employees and property, but it also of great benefit to private individuals who may be suspicious about their spouse or partner’s activities. Here at Private Investigations UK, we have a huge amount of experience regarding vehicle tracking, this is our guide to the advantages of GPS.

Businesses

When vehicles are used for commercial use, there is always a risk to the employer and company regarding stolen, damaged, or misused vehicles. Any of these activities can damage the reputation and ultimately the success of the company. Using GPS tracking can reduce the likelihood of these risks occurring.

Using GPS vehicle trackers, the employer can continuously monitor the location, movements and actions of the vehicle which can be especially beneficial if the vehicle is stolen. In this scenario, the police would quickly be able to recover a stolen vehicle using the GPS data.

GPS vehicle tracking can also monitor the activities of employees, making sure that they are accurately claiming for working hours and not using the vehicle for personal use.

However, cars and vans aren’t the only business vehicles. Construction vehicles, farming vehicles and horseboxes and trailers have become popular targets for thieves in recent years, particularly as they are often located in quiet and remote places. Using a GPS tracker with these vehicles can ensure that they can be recovered quickly and safely if such an event was to occur.

Investigations

Using a GPS tracker on the vehicle of a spouse or business partner is a popular and effective method to monitor their location and activities, and is often useful to private investigators in establishing any wrong doing such as matrimonial infidelity or fraudulent or illegal activity.

Discrete and undetectable, a GPS vehicle tracker can provide an investigator with information regarding the journeys undertaken, the properties visited and the length of time the person has spent at the property. This can all be used as evidence against the suspected party and aids the investigator when uncovering the truth of the matter.

For further information and advice regarding GPS vehicle tracking, contact us at Private Investigations UK today.

Call now on 0800 008 9858 / 0773 043 9156 for a Free consultation without obligation or send your enquiry to contact@piuk.net

Help! My spouse is cheating!

Cheating Spouse Investigations

Divorce rates are rapidly rising worldwide, and often the primary cause of marital breakdown is infidelity. If you think that your partner is engaging in extra-marital activities, you can position yourself in the best possible position to get what it is you want out of the divorce proceedings, by providing legally substantial evidence of your partner’s wrongdoing. As private investigators, we have the ability to locate and provide a vast amount of evidence to support you during this emotionally wrought time, and help you make the most out of a bleak situation. Here is an overview of some of the ways a private investigator can find the evidence you need.

Vehicle Tracking

By tracking your spouse’s vehicle, we can make detailed reports on where your spouse is going during the day and what length of time was sent at each place. Of course, we know that most of these places will be entirely innocent, as your spouse will still travel to work, shops and to visit family, but if there is anything out of the ordinary we will be able to spot this almost instantly.

Address Ownership

Tying perfectly in to our ability to track your spouse’s vehicle is our ability to unearth the owners of an address. From the vehicle report you will know what addresses your partner has visited and for what length of time, but with our ability to uncover addresses, you will now be able to establish exactly who your spouse is visiting. This can give you solid evidence that their activities are perhaps not as innocent as they may claim.

Phone Number Search

If your spouse is receiving suspicious calls or using their phone a lot more, and you believe this is related to their infidelity, we can conduct a phone number search. Using the phone number that your spouse is in contact with, we can trace the address that the phone is registered to, as well as the ownership details. Coupling this with the response from the vehicle tracking and address search, if the evidence from the phone number search fits in, we will have plenty of evidence of your spouse’s cheating.

In summary

Private investigators can use vehicle tracking, address search and phone number search tools and techniques to help you catch a cheating spouse. This evidence can all be used in divorce proceedings, to help you achieve a more favourable outcome for yourself. If you think your spouse may be cheating, contact us today.

25 activities of a Private Investigator

Many people hire a private investigator for a range of reasons, from domestic to commercial, but we have found that although each case is often entirely unique, the range of activities we as private investigators conduct throughout these investigations, often fall into one of these 25 activities.

  1. Finding a current or historical address
  2. Finding a date of birth, and where required birth, marriage, and death records
  3. Identifying known aliases
  4. Locating, retrieving, and analysing bankruptcy records…
  5. …and criminal records
  6. Locating home phone numbers and mobile phone numbers, and identifying the owner of each
  7. Identifying the owners of a corporation and analysing the corporate records
  8. Locating and interviewing current or former executives within a corporation
  9. Locating and interviewing current or former employees of a company
  10. Identifying mortgage information and establishing the market value of a property
  11. Looking through rubbish
  12. Locating and interviewing witnesses
  13. Searching for hidden assets
  14. Identifying foreign assets
  15. Locating current and historical vehicle records
  16. Locating bank account information
  17. Locating inheritances and identifying a will for an estate
  18. Locating probate records and a beneficiary for probate proceedings
  19. Discreetly gathering business intelligence and competitive intelligence
  20. Identifying and analysing business transactions and related party business transactions
  21. Finding online resumes
  22. Identifying social network profiles and analysing activities online
  23. Identifying and confirming education history
  24. Identifying and confirming previous employment history
  25. Conducting background checks on potential employees, witnesses, or jurors

In summary

As private investigators, we are able to tackle a range of domestic and commercial requests, seeking and analysing information so that we can present you with the bigger picture and keep you in the loop. Despite each case being completely different, the range of activities we will undertake to find this information is often in a similar vain. If you need the help of a private investigator, why not contact us today?

How much does it cost to hire a private investigator

How Much Does It Cost To Hire A Private Investigator

If уоu are thіnkіng of using thе ѕеrvісеѕ of a рrіvаtе investigator, уоu mау be wоndеrіng whаt thе соѕt оf hiring an investigator wіll bе. Arоund thе соuntrу, thеѕе fееѕ vаrу bу location аnd tуре оf services. Fоr investigators wіth extensive experience аnd trаіnіng, еxресt to рау higher fees.

Before уоu hire an іnvеѕtіgаtоr, find out all costs and fееѕ fоr the ѕеrvісеѕ уоu require. Mоѕt professionals оffеr a frее initial соnѕultаtіоn. Here аrе some ԛuеѕtіоnѕ tо аѕk a prospective рrіvаtе еуе regarding fees:

 

  1. Dоеѕ thе рrіvаtе іnvеѕtіgаtоr charge a flat fee for services?

Some рrоfеѕѕіоnаlѕ саn quote a flаt fee for сеrtаіn basic services such as bасkgrоund сhесkѕ, research wоrk, and ѕресіаlіzеd еԛuірmеnt such аѕ GPS unіtѕ. Other services that commonly аrе сhаrgеd a flat fее include:

 

  1. What аrе the hоurlу fееѕ?

Hоurlу rаtеѕ vаrу bаѕеd оn whеrе thе investigator іѕ lосаtеd, the dіffісultу of thе іnvеѕtіgаtіоn, аnd whether the рrіvаtе іnvеѕtіgаtоr will nееd the аѕѕіѕtаnсе оf other рrіvаtе investigators.

Throughout thе соuntrу, fees rаngе from £45-£100.00 реr hour, per agent. Thе аvеrаgе hourly rate іѕ аrоund £45-£55 реr hour. Kеер іn mіnd thаt there may be additional fееѕ аttасhеd tо thе hоurlу rаtе. A соmmоn аddіtіоn is mіlеаgе expenses, usually around £0.45 реr mіlе.

Thаt hourly rate may іnсrеаѕе significantly if аnоthеr рrіvаtе іnvеѕtіgаtоr’ѕ ѕеrvісеѕ аrе nееdеd іn order to соmрlеtе уоur саѕе. Fоr example, if your PI needs thе аѕѕіѕtаnсе of аn associate overseas, thе hоurlу rаtе mау be high. In ѕоmе parts оf thе world, іnvеѕtіgаtоrѕ сhаrgе as muсh as £300 реr hоur.

 

  1. Does the рrіvаtе investigator rеԛuіrе a deposit or rеtаіnеr іn аddіtіоn tо thе private іnvеѕtіgаtоr fееѕ?

Mаnу іnvеѕtіgаtоrѕ rеԛuіrе a rеtаіnеr оr dероѕіt to bе аррlіеd against fееѕ fоr ѕеrvісеѕ rеndеrеd and expenses. Some рrоfеѕѕіоnаlѕ may ѕеt rеtаіnеr fееѕ depending on specific ѕеrvісеѕ. For еxаmрlе, dаtа rеѕеаrсh mау rеԛuіrе a dероѕіt of £200.00 whіlе аn infidelity case mау rеԛuіrе a dероѕіt оf uр tо £500.00. Thе following fасtоrѕ dеtеrmіnе thе аmоunt of rеԛuіrеd deposits:

  • travel іnvоlvеd
  • аіrlіnе/hоtеl соѕtѕ
  • еѕtіmаtеd number оf ѕurvеіllаnсе hоurѕ
  • location
  • urgеnсу

If уоu are uѕіng аn іnvеѕtіgаtоr’ѕ ѕеrvісеѕ thrоugh а solicitor, thе рrіvаtе investigator will uѕuаllу nоt аѕk fоr a rеtаіnеr аѕ lоng аѕ the lawyer асknоwlеdgеѕ responsibility fоr еnѕurіng рауmеnt of thе іnvоісеѕ.

Onсе уоu hire a Private Investigator, mаkе sure thаt the іnvеѕtіgаtоr kеерѕ a record оf his/her activities and ask for itemized lists of the wоrk thаt has bееn completed. Dоn’t fоrgеt tо sign a соntrасt wіth the іnvеѕtіgаtоr detailing іn wrіtіng thе ѕеrvісеѕ to bе реrfоrmеd.