What does a Private Investigator do?

So, what does a PI do? There are many different fields an Investigator can work in. However, the most common area a Private Investigator would work in is surveillance regarding insurance fraud. This would entail static surveillance in a vehicle and mobile surveillance, both in a vehicle or on-foot. But this is not the only field an Investigator will work in. Some other common fields are,

Undercover Investigations

Labor Disputes

Court Injunctions

Covert Video (CCTV) Installation & Monitoring

Cyber Investigations

Locates or Skip Tracing

Background Investigations


Counterfeit, Trademark, and Patent Investigations

Interviewing and Statement-Taking

Executive Protection

TSCM (Technical Surveillance Countermeasures) - eavesdropping & bug detection

Network & Data Cyber Security

Theft Investigations

Loss Prevention

Accident Investigations & Reconstructions

Asset Recovery Investigations

Process Serving

Arson Investigations

Most Common Fields a PI Works in

  1. Surveillance

  2. Cyber investigations

  3. Background investigations

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