Monday 20 January 2020
A new year is underway, and though 2020 heralds the beginning of a new decade, public confidence and trust in UK law enforcement and the government continue to be thrust under the spotlight.
Since 2010-2011, UK funding for policing has been reduced by one-fifth, with fewer officers being deployed. Given the current uncertainty, more people are deciding to utilise the expert services of a private investigator, to deal with their personal affairs.
Although private investigations are emerging as an increasingly popular option, misrepresentations within modern culture continue to harvest inaccuracies of what an investigator does, how they implement their services and more importantly, the legal restrictions that must be abided by.
What Services do Private Investigators Provide?
Private investigators often fall foul to stereotypical representations plastered on cinema screens, television scripts and pages of crime novels, with such depictions littered with inaccuracies.
As is the case in any career, there are limitations in place to ensure that people are protected and laws are followed. Nonetheless, private investigators can offer a scope of indispensable services, whilst adhering to restrictions that are in place.
Finding Missing Persons
Irrespective of whether the person goes missing intentionally or involuntarily, UK companies specialising in private investigations are legally permitted to conduct searches for people who have been reported as missing.
Often, such probes hinge on whether the individual’s family has concerns and reported them missing. This can be prompted by factors such as a lack of communication or a family member not knowing where their relative is residing. In these cases, it’s often the case that a private investigator will be sourced in a bid to locate the person.
Investigations into missing persons extend further than family cases, with businessmen and women often keen to establish the whereabouts of co-founders or clients who have disappeared without settling an outstanding payment.
It’s not uncommon for people to go to huge lengths in a bid to avoid paying debts, often choosing to relocate, or even changing their name and contact details. Such investigations include troublesome tenants, mediocre contractors and partners who aren’t aiding their spouse in providing financial support for a child.
Child Support Cases
Over one-hundred-thousand UK marriages ended in 2019 and while this figure represents a forty-five-year low, a significant proportion of separations don’t end amicably.
Following a separation, there's often one parent who suffers and loses custody of a child. However, private investigators can collate evidence for the client to verify suggestions their ex-partner is not able to raise the child single-handedly.
Moreover, child welfare can also be taken into consideration if substantial evidence is collected that’s suggestive that offspring is either unsafe or unhappy.
If a person is in the midst of a divorce or business liquidation, it’s not uncommon for assets to be hidden from partners and/or business partners.
During such circumstances, private investigators can complete meticulous asset and property searches to ascertain any unnamed assets. Moreover, arrangements can be made whereby any identified assets can be valued.
Such investigations can also be relevant if a person is pursuing child support from a partner.
Completion of Background Checks
When hiring new members of staff, an employer must ensure that prospective candidates fit the person specification. For instance, they must be trustworthy, have an exemplary criminal record, and so forth.
Businesses regularly employ a private investigator to ensure that thorough background checks are completed before a new member of staff being appointed, to establish whether the applicant is suitable for their company.
Private Investigators’ Restrictions
Many believe that private investigators adopt a cavalier approach to their practice, but some considerations need to be taken into account.
While a private investigator offers a breadth of services, some restrictions must be followed, to ensure that practice is legitimate and compliant with legal restrictions.
In essence, it’s the job of an investigator to gain information about a subject, but all particulars must be gained judicially. For example, intercepting and opening letters or entering private property without permission is strictly forbidden.
Moreover, it’s prohibited to hack computers or telephones, or mobile phones; access to these sources can only be gained with permission from the owner.
Though private investigators, in theory, could use their acumen to access bank account details, this information can only be accessed when working in collaboration with a lawyer.
Finally, there are many people under the false pretence that a private investigator has the right to conduct arrests. While operatives are not at liberty to detain an individual, take the necessary steps to ensure that crime doesn’t take place.
Eclipse Legal Services: Elite Private Investigation Providers
Eclipse Legal Services are experienced private investigators and work throughout major UK cities, including Manchester, London and Liverpool.
We have a diverse client base, comprising private and business clients, who we have supported via the implementation of state-of-the-art techniques and technology, whilst ensuring that we abide by relevant laws.
Each member of staff within our team has been provided with thorough, up-to-date training, relevant to their specialist area; clients can be assured that our providers are dedicated to providing premium service, at competitive prices.
Are you considering hiring a private detective? Call Eclipse Legal Services on 0800 999 2099 for a free, confidential, no-obligation consultation, or complete our short enquiry form - we’d be delighted to help.