There are certain images associated with private investigation. Some see the private investigation job as being romantic. They think that the private investigation job involves catching the bad guy, surviving a fight to the death and getting the girl. Heck, that’s what popular media tells us. Of course, there’s the anti-hero version which tells the story of a private investigator who commits or witnesses an abominable crime and then attempts to redeem/ avenge himself through helping other people with their cases. However, these are all clichés. The reality of private investigator jobs is so much more… how do you say this… boring.
There are many types of private investigation jobs today. Before the advent of the no-fault divorce, private investigation jobs were mostly reconnaissance, ordered by husbands or wives who feel that they were being cuckolded. Cuckolding, for the uninformed is also known as cheating.
Today, private investigation jobs often involve these:
1) Surveillance – this takes up most of a private investigator’s time. Most private investigation jobs require watching a specific subject and reporting information to the client. This is often to determine whether or not a client is doing anything that can negatively affect a client. Surveillance often takes a long time to complete.
Some people may think that surveillance involves parking your car in front of someone’s house and sleeping with a recorder turned on (another image we got from the movies). Surveillance requires constant vigilance. Most cases which require surveillance often depend on one action from the subject in order to be closed. Because of this, it is crucial that a private investigator should not give in to the need for sleep but instead, bear what must be borne.
2) Research – some cases require a lot of digging into the past. This means that a common private investigation job is research. Some private investigators spend a lot of time in libraries or on the internet, researching about the details and specifics involved in a case. When working on a case a private investigator needs to account for all the factors. If the factors can be found in old records, then it is a private investigation job to research.
3) Interviews –if the answer is not found written in records, then it might be found within the thoughts of other people. Because of this, it is often part of the private investigation job to interview people. Although the tactics of some may be closer to “interrogation” than “interview”, they do get results.
It is often that case that a private investigator knows a little about psychology. He or she is able to read what’s between the lines of an interview. He or she can penetrate the layer of self-protection and get the information relevant to the case.
4) Forensics – most private investigation jobs also require a lot of snooping around. A good private investigator must be able not only to spot clues but make the leaps necessary to connect those clues. Forensics is defined as the application of known sciences to legalities.
Often, forensics involves combing through various places ion search of clues. Although forensics today may also refer to the action of combing through various types of data in order to uncover a hacker or an extortionist or even an embezzler. These are the various private investigation jobs today.