Frequently asked questions
Can a private investigator track a mobile phone?
No. It is illegal to track someone’s mobile activity or monitor the GPS location of the phone.
Can private investigators listen in on conversations?
Yes. Private investigators are legally able to eavesdrop on and record, conversations that occur in public.
Can a Private Investigator do anything that a police officer can do?
No. A Private Investigator has no law enforcement authority even if he/she has been hired by law enforcement to perform an investigation. A Private Investigator is an ordinary citizen and can only make citizen’s arrests.
What are the limitations of a Private Investigator?
Private investigators are not allowed to access protected information such as medical records, social security numbers and personal financial information. The law restricts their ability to obtain this information to protect the public’s privacy.
A private investigator can locate a missing person by using specialised databases not generally known to the public, as well as interviewing individuals and/or conducting surveillance. They may be birth mothers, long lost family, beneficiaries, debtors, etc.
A private investigator can also gather evidence of infidelity or other issues in relation to a cheating spouse. If the client believes their spouse or partner is not where they say they are at any given time, a mobile follow and surveillance may be required. This action is legal for a Licenced Private Investigator to do. If however, the spouse is cheating online, this can also be addresses by a private investigator.
A private investigator may follow an individual and/or conduct surveillance on an individual or group to gather evidence of their activities using long range cameras. A Licensed Private Investigator is allowed to follow and photograph an individual or group as long as it is carried out within the law and is required by a client. It is not considered stalking or harassing.
A private investigator can conduct research on an individual’s background, such as their current and/or previous marital status, property ownership, their rental status, court records, if they ever declared bankruptcy, if they are an employee or are self employed, their employment history etc. This information can assist a client to decide whether to to make a life decision based on the report, or not.
As well, a simple background check for pre-employment is necessary and very beneficial and will ascertain if the potential employee is suited for the role they applied for in the new company. After all, anyone can write anything on a resume and ask friends and relatives to act as referees. For instance, did they actually resign from their previous work position, or were they in fact, dismissed and if so, was that person dismissed simply because the company was downsizing and/or using international contractors (cheaper), or were they dismissed because of inappropriate behaviour or misconduct e.g. bullying, harassment, stealing from the workplace, or fraudulent activity. Know now – not later.
A private investigator can deliver legal documents, such as subpoenas or summons, to the person the documents are
intended for. No-one else may accept the documents on behalf of the person they are intended for.
Usually a Process Server will have three attempts at serving the Subject, before reporting back to the client that the three attempts have been made with or without success.