Did you know that approximately 35% of small businesses suffer from theft of one kind or another? With that in mind, fraudulent behavior is just one of the reasons you may need to hire a private investigator. Private investigators can work on your behalf to locate a plethora of niche information based on your unique circumstances.
If you’re experiencing issues in your marriage, family life, financial life or even at work, a private investigator can help you figure out what you need to know. With the right PI team, you’ll be able to rest assured that you have all of your bases covered. Regardless of your situation, a private investigator may be able to ease your stress and set you up for success.
Here are some of the different occasions when you may need to hire a private investigator:
- Potential Infidelity
- Custody of Your Child
- Locate Hidden Assets
- Fraudulent Behavior
- Background Check
It can be difficult to come to terms with the fact that your spouse may be cheating on you. However, while it may not be true, infidelity occurs on a regular basis. If you suspect your partner of cheating, here are some telling signs:
- Unusual expenses surface
- Secrecy about their schedule
- Reduced or non-existent sex life
- Suddenly, communication begins to stop
- There is a great deal of lying
For each and every one of these signs there may be alternative causes. When they start piling up, though, it may be time to hire a private investigator. Whatever the outcome of the investigation is, you won’t have any more doubts.
Custody of Your Child
Custody issues are some of the most contentious ones between former spouses after divorce. The other party almost always has to be held accountable for not upholding this agreement in order to get a change in custody. Your word or that of your kids will not be enough. Your ex must violate the agreement based on solid evidence. Once that point is reached, you may need a private investigator.
Distinct observation, GPS tracking, and covert video might be used during the child custody investigation. When you don’t know your ex-partner is being watched, the investigator observes how he or she acts.
When they fail to stick to their agreement, that is when it becomes relevant. As a result, you will be able to prove a change in the terms of the contract.
Locate Hidden Assets
Unfortunately, some divorced spouses try to conceal assets from their new ex-partners. Angry or disillusioned, they decide their spouse does not deserve any part of their assets. This behavior is not considered acceptable by the law, but there is little that can be done without evidence. The chances that you will know about your spouse hiding valuable art or moving money offshore are slim.
A private investigator can provide answers about your spouse’s hidden assets if you feel he or she did so as punishment or greed. Your private investigator can track down any hidden assets, locate storage units, and perform background checks on your spouse.
Are you the owner of a small business? If that is the case, chances are that an employee is stealing from the organization or has done so in the past. Theft of business products or supplies is the most obvious type of theft. Inventory control numbers generally become strange when businesses notice this. The hardest fraudulent behavior to catch is the one involving money. Data theft can also occur inside organizations, such as in bookkeeping. There are routes you can take if there are discrepancies in the numbers or insider information is constantly leaked.
Start out by opening a thorough internal investigation. Because you cannot be sure if someone is clean, this is an extremely tricky situation. Therefore, internal investigations are at best suspect. Those that believe the fraud is financial may want to hire an outside private investigator to review the books. A forensic accountant will be needed for sophisticated fraud in this case. Hiring a private investigator is a good idea if you have no idea where the fraud originates. Each person can be examined and suspicious behaviors can be pinpointed.
Checking a potential business partner’s background is wise whether you are hiring an employee or considering a partnership. There is a lot at stake for your business. Although background check companies often offer a minimal service, they are often very expensive. In some cases, they will only run a check in the same jurisdiction as your business. This is not very helpful if the other person has allegedly lived in a different part of the country for the past five years.
When you’re considering investing in a new business or hiring a new team member, you may want to hire a private investigator to perform thorough background checks. It would be ideal to discover that the person is indeed who they claim to be. If your worst fears come true, you find out that they are criminals and avoid a disaster. Whatever you choose, you’ll come out ahead.
Atlas Aegis provides a variety of services for civil and criminal investigations. We can help with business and inheritance disputes, locating unknown assets, and crime scene mapping. Our agents are also skilled in interviewing witnesses, verifying facts, and analyzing evidence. Trust our dedicated intelligence teams to help you locate and obtain the information you need to build and support your case. We also help clients’ legal teams get ahead of potential information gaps.