Investigations—Not Just For Cheaters Anymore!!
One of the common misperceptions about the use of private
investigations in Florida and elsewhere is that private
detective work mostly involves work like that seen on a popular
television show where cheating couples are caught with video
surveillance and then exposed. While infidelity private
investigations are indeed a significant portion of the workload,
there are a lot of varied investigation types that require
specialized skills and training to perform properly and within
all legal parameters. Some of the other types of private
Liability private investigations
Corporate private investigations
Insurance fraud investigations
Work. Comp. Fraud Investigations
Liability investigations are common in lawsuits and typically
involve some sort of injury claim stemming from an auto
accident. Sustained covert surveillance and monitoring is
necessary in order to accurately document and secure evidence
for litigation purposes. A coordinated effort involving several
investigators is often required to properly document fraud to
meet the varying legal standards in each state. This is why
private investigations in Florida are conducted by experienced
and licensed professionals who know the legal parameters of
video surveillance and investigatory techniques.
Corporate private investigations must be conducted by very
experienced and skilled detectives. A wide array of highly
technical and precise analysis and information gathering is
required to fully conclude a private investigation for many
corporate clients. This is because a corporate investigation
often involves the illegal transmission of sensitive information
such as design specs, internal memos, reports, or even client
lists. E-mail tracing and the monitoring of Internet activity
are standard tools when private investigations involve corporate
clients trying to investigate potential fraud, theft, or
improper conduct on the part of some of its members.
Custody private investigations are very serious matters in which
all information gathering must be undertaken with the
understanding that it will most likely be used in future court
appearances. Private investigations involving custody
proceedings can be more expensive because they tend to be
lengthy, involve multiple private detectives, and must be
documented thoroughly. There is also the added expense of paying
the private investigator to appear in court and provide
testimony and analysis of their findings.
Private investigations are also carried out where fraud is
suspected by an insurance company. Many private investigations
in Florida are carried out in cases of suspected fraud involving
insurance claims—mostly personal injury and Work. Comp. claims.
If an insurance company suspects that a claim may be fraudulent,
they will have a private investigation company monitor the
insured for evidence that proves the suspected fraud. A private
investigation of this nature will also likely involve video
surveillance, auto tracking, e-mail monitoring, and a lot of
legwork to get the necessary evidence to both disprove the claim
and proceed with criminal charges.
Private investigations in Florida and beyond are varied and
require specific skills and training to perform competently.
Private investigators in Florida and over forty other states
must be licensed and meet pre-determined requirements in order
to legally perform the duties of a private detective. A prior
background in the military, criminal justice, or the police is
common for most private detectives.