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What Does a Private Investigator Do?

What can a prospective client expect when they hire a private investigations agency? Here are some tasks a private detective may undertake when working on a case:

A private detective may conduct interviews in order to gather information. This may entail tracking down the right people to interview, interviewing said persons, extracting useful information, and preparing reports based on their findings.

Aside from conducting interviews, a private detective may research information in other ways, such as finding and analyzing legal paperwork and other records, verifying the accuracy of the information, as well as collecting and analyzing evidence.

Performing surveillance by following suspects or staking out places of interest is also something a private detect might do. They will record information, uncover patterns and analyze and report their findings.

Sometimes a private detective may cooperate with various law enforcement agencies by sharing the results of their investigations, interviewing witnesses, and otherwise assisting in police investigations.

Another important part of a private detective’s work is to perform background searches; that is investigating a person’s or an organization’s past activities.

All in all, a typical day in the life of a private detective may include a wide range of activities. To find out more about a private detective’s work, please feel free to look at a more comprehensive list of private investigation services offered by Lakefront Investigations, Ltd.

If you are in need of a private detective’s services in Chicago or the State of Illinois, please contact Lakefront Investigations, Ltd. by calling 847-795-1900 or get in touch with us via our contact page.

What’s the Difference Between Private Detective, Private Investigator and Private Detective Agency?

The difference between a private detective, private investigator, and a private detective agency varies by state. Historically, private investigators – that is those not part of official law enforcement – started with Pinkerton, founded as the Pinkerton National Detective Agency in Chicago, IL in 1850. Their employees were formally known as “private detectives” and the company they worked for was called a “detective agency.” In 1960s, many states did not want the public to confuse a private detective with a police detective, so they had their licensing boards use the title “private investigator.” Illinois Department of Financial and Professional Regulation uses the terms “private detective” and “private detective agency.”

In order to obtain a private detective license in the State of Illinois, the investigator has to successfully pass an exam by achieving a score of 70 or above. The examination results are valid for three years.

In order to be admitted to the examination, the candidate has to provide all of the required paperwork. He or she must also have a year of experience with minimum “20 work days per month during which the applicant was engaged in full-time employment equal to 1500 hours or more annually.” The candidate must also submit to fingerprinting and have a liability insurance of at least one million dollars.

Additionally, the applicant has to be of good moral character, has not been convicted of a felony for the past 10 years, have no substance abuse issues, must be mentally fit, and cannot have a dishonorable discharge from the United States Armed Forces.

For a private detective to start a private detective agency in Illinois – aside from having a valid Illinois private detective license – he or she needs to have a registered business – sole proprietorship, partnership, corporation, etc. Any unlicensed officers, directors or members of that business need to be of good moral character. The agency also needs to have an office in Illinois – a P.O. Box is not acceptable. Lastly, the name of any private detective agency in Illinois cannot contain the words “law enforcement” or “police” in its name.

Lakefront Investigations, Ltd. – Illinois Private Detective Agency

If you are looking for an Illinois private detective agency, please contact Lakefront Investigations, Ltd. by calling 847-795-1900 or get in touch with us via our contact page.

Determining the Type of Background Search for Your Needs is Imperative.

At Lakefront Investigations, Ltd. people often contact us when they need to run a background check. Many people don’t realize that there are different types of background checks. Here are some examples that are included in our comprehensive background search:

People search – finding information, such as a person’s full legal name, phone number, past and present addresses.

Email lookup – finding out a person’s email address.

Social media search – analyzing a person’s social media footprint.

Property records – determining the owner of property.

Date of Birth – finding and verifying the date of birth.

Associates of subject – determining with whom the subject is associated.

Neighbors of subject – who are the person’s neighbors?

Address history – where do they live currently and where did they live previously?

Phone numbers – checking out their past and present phone numbers.

Bankruptcies – bankruptcy filings

Liens – are there any liens against the subject?

Judgments – did the person ever have any judgments imposed against them?

Corporate affiliations – do they own, work at or do business with any corporations? If so, which ones?

Criminal/traffic records – finding out a person’s criminal record and a history of traffic tickets.

Global watch list – are they wanted in other countries?

Possible employers – determining present and past employers.

Possible photos – finding out if there are any photos of the subject available.

Vehicle information – do they have a vehicle registered in their name?

License plate info – info about their cars’ license plates.

Hunting and weapons permit – do they have any hunting permits or a license to carry?

Lakefront Investigations, Ltd. can look into the background of any individual you are thinking of hiring or corporation you are considering doing business with. We also handle investigations of individuals, for instance, in the case of dating relationships or marriage/divorce. If you need to run a background check on somebody, please contact Lakefront Investigations, Ltd. by calling 847-795-1900 or get in touch with us via our contact page.

Reasons for Surveillance by Private Investigators

When private persons or organizations contact private investigation agencies, they often require surveillance services. Here are some common reasons they might need a private investigator to surveil others on their behalf:

Cheating spouses – if a person has a suspicion that their spouse or life partner is being unfaithful and want to know for sure if their wife or husband is cheating on them.

Divorce proceedings – infidelity in marriage often leads to divorce, which can result in a bitter battle during mediation or in the family law court. Evidence gathered during surveillance may be used in support of the hurt side’s argument.

Child custody matters – surveillance is often a part of child custody investigations which aim to ensure that the child is safe and has a stable living environment.

Business partners – before starting a new venture a business person may want to make sure their new business partner is trustworthy. Alternately, if a party in a business venture suspects their business partner is not honest with them, they may want to retain services of a private investigations agency.

Corporate safety – businesses are vulnerable to a wide variety of threats including theft, fraud, leaks of confidential information. Surveillance by an experienced private investigator can help uncover and stop those threats.

Shrinkage in theft in corporations – Products “walkout” of American businesses every day. Surveillance can help prevent the bulk of those employee and customer thefts by pinpointing the cause.

Evidence for litigation – information gathered during surveillance may prove to be of big help in winning a lawsuit.

Criminal investigation – surveillance services may be be used for gathering evidence in a criminal investigation.

Personal safety – last but not least, a person may want to retain a private investigator’s surveillance services for personal safety reasons, such as stalker investigation and prevention or for counter surveillance, such as discovery of eavesdropping, electronic surveillance, and electronic espionage.

Do you have an unconfirmed suspicion about somebody? It’s time to get a clear answer once and for all by engaging private investigator surveillance services from Lakefront Investigations, Ltd. If you are in need of professional surveillance services in Chicago or the State of Illinois, please contact Lakefront Investigations, Ltd. by calling 847-795-1900 or get in touch with us via our contact page.

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