There are professional Private Investigators in Glasgow through to Edinburgh! You do not have to seek the assistance of an investigator from London or Manchester to conduct this sort of work for you. Professional Private Investigators are alive and kicking in Glasgow through to Edinburgh. Your case can be dealt with locally and at a more competitive price than you would pay those from outside of the area and that is a fact!
Most of us have an image in our minds of what a Private Investigator is. We get this stereotypical image from watching films, TV or reading books. Few of us have not heard of Sherlock Holmes, Magnum, Jim Rockford or Philip Marlowe. Unlike their fictional counterparts modern Private Investigators can’t solely rely on intuition or luck, they need to gather information and gather facts to solve the case.
What can a Private Investigator do for me?
SIKA SIA Private Investigators offer a variety of niche services and as such you must really take a look at exactly what your chosen investigator specialises in before committing to a project with them. We stick to what we know and what we do well. We are not a one stop shop, we do not offer services that we cannot provide and provide at the highest level.
Potential Private Investigation Services
* Mobile, foot, static and technical surveillance
* Open source intelligence gathering (OSINT)
* Investigating unfaithful partners
* Take statements
* Investigate road traffic accidents
* Search for long lost friends/relatives
Ask questions and have answers!
If you are an individual making an enquiry of a personal nature, perhaps a suspected infidelity then making a call to a private investigator may be quite a nerve racking experience. You will also need to provide your investigator with a certain amount of information. Let us use the example already mentioned, that of a matrimonial investigation, we would suggest that you have certain information in front of you.
Your Private Investigator may ask you
* Partners name
* Their vehicle make/model/colour/registration
* Home address
* Work address
* Any other places of interest or locations that form part of their pattern of life
* 3rd parties name/address if known/vehicle details/work details – any other relevant information regarding them
You should ask/establish
Is your proposed investigator based in Glasgow or even in the Central Scotland? If not, your costs will spiral out of control and may make your investigation far more expensive that it needs to be. If the investigator is from Devon (for example) he will call up a local agency and sub-contracts it to them…..nothing is for free and it is YOU that will foot the bill
What experience does the investigator have?
How long have they been in business?
Do they have a data protection license?
Know what you want from the task…
What exactly do you require from the investigation? Do you need photographic or video evidence or will the word of the investigator be enough? Whilst most people would like actual hard evidence in front of them this may not be possible on every occasion so you must decide if the investigator ‘seeing’ your partner in an inappropriate situation is enough for you. It may be that the investigator can gain audio evidence that confirms your suspicions? There are various scenarios that you must consider, make sure that your investigator makes you aware of them so that your expectations are met and you are not left feeling let down.
Have a budget but do not go for a bargain
It is essential that you have a budget in mind and that your private investigator is fully aware of it so that budgets are adhered to. Most Private Investigators will have a slightly lower rate for private enquiries to make the service more affordable for you but each agency has a different scale of charges and some will be beyond your means. Due to the potential costs involved, it would not be uncommon for an investigator to ask for part payment in advance when conducting these sorts of investigations so do not be offended if you are asked to make payment up front. Once you have described your situation to the PI they should be able to let you know if they can help you and offer a projected cost. It may be that due to the nature of your enquiry they cannot assist you but they can put you in touch with someone who may be able to and that would be refreshingly honest of them! Make sure that your investigator does not exceed your budget without first getting approval from you or really they should wear the costs themselves.
Be wary of ‘guaranteed’ results…
Going hand in hand with your budget, your Private Investigator should make you aware of your chances of success and any investigator who guarantees you success should be steered away from or made to sign a contract to that effect! You just cannot make such statements, it is ludicrous to suggest otherwise. You can state that you will do your very best, give a projected percentage of success but to guarantee success is extremely foolhardy.
You must accept that sometime you will not get the result that you are after! Your ‘partner’ may be totally innocent of any indiscretion at all and this does not always sit well with those that are convinced that their partner is being unfaithful.
Sika SIA initial consultancy is free & our Private Investigators have lots of local experience and we can give you peace of mind and answer all those unanswered questions. It won’t cost the earth and we will work to your budget.
Contact us by phone or by email and we will ensure that strict confidentiality is maintained throughout.