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Private Investigator Burnaby- What Services Do They Offer?

A Burnaby Private Investigator or Professional Investigator is a civilian employed by a Burnaby BC private investigations company hired to investigate “subjects” by a customer. In Burnaby, the customer is known as the "client." The “subject” is usually a person or persons but can also be a Burnaby business. The customer can be an individual, corporation, and even a government agency.

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What Does a Burnaby Private Investigator Investigate?

The Burnaby Private Investigator (not called Burnaby Private Detective) can investigate a wide variety of things; however, Private Investigators in Burnaby BC mostly investigate insurance fraud for insurance companies. Burnaby Private Investigators typically take on investigative cases that do not fall under the purview of a government agency, such as civil matters while BC government agencies will cover serious criminal cases. Because a Private Investigator is just a normal Burnaby citizen, they do not have any special investigative privileges. A Private Investigator in Burnaby BC has the same authority of any Burnaby citizen with the exception that a Burnaby PI is allowed to offer investigative services to customers and has the expertise in investigations.

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Burnaby Private Investigator Clients

The most common clients for Private Investigators in Burnaby are insurance companies, law firms, private corporations, and Burnaby citizens. Investigations conducted for these clients will frequently involve potential fraud. Other clients in Burnaby will want to obtain more detailed information in order to adjudicate or manage an insurance claim. Many of these cases are mitigated through the hiring of a Burnaby Private Investigator. They can include both surveillance and non-surveillance efforts. Burnaby investigations often obtain more information faster than legal processes such as discovery (the pretrial disclosure of relevant evidence), thus providing the Investigator’s clients more information for decision-making. The Investigator’s clients can ask for investigations in Burnaby on a wide variety of topics such as,

  1. Undercover Investigations in BC

  2. BC Labour Disputes

  3. BC Court Injunctions

  4. Covert Video (CCTV) Installation & Monitoring

  5. Cyber Investigations

  6. Locates, Skip Tracing, or Missing Burnaby Persons Investigations

  7. Burnaby Background Investigations

  8. Counterfeit, Trademark, and Patent Investigations

  9. Interviewing and Statement-Taking

  10. Executive Protection in BC

  11. Burnaby bug detection

  12. Burnaby TSCM

  13. Network & Data Cyber Security

  14. Burnaby Infidelity Investigations

  15. Forensic Investigations

  16. Theft Investigations in BC

  17. Security Consulting

  18. Accident Investigations & Reconstructions

  19. Asset Recovery Investigations

  20. BC Process Serving

  21. Arson Investigations in BC

Burnaby Private Investigator Legislation

Most people think that Burnaby Private Investigators are granted extra provincial BC legislative powers; however, this is not entirely true.

  • A local Burnaby PI is just a civilian but has developed more tools than the general public and is more skilled and aware of how best to leverage those tools.

  • The level of skill, experience, and expertise will determine the cost of a Burnaby Private Investigator.

Furthermore, in Burnaby British Columbia, Investigators legally have the right to conduct surveillance. This means a Burnaby Investigator cannot be accused of loitering. Make no mistake, Investigators in Burnaby have legal means and methodologies that make them effective. In contrast, the police have access to vastly more verifiable information, such as BC provincial wide data bases only accessible by law enforcement. For a Burnaby PI, much of the time, is spent in establishing or verifying information.

Burnaby PI Criminal Investigation

Investigating crime in Burnaby or more correctly, investigating serious crime in Burnaby is usually under the purview of Burnaby BC government agencies. So, do Private Investigators in Burnaby ever investigative serious crime. Short answer no, long answer yes with a “but.” Private Investigators in Burnaby can and do investigate serious crime; however, it is very rare. What a Burnaby Professional Investigator will investigate most in their career will be blue collar crimes such as insurance fraud. Furthermore, the few Burnaby Private Investigators who have investigated serious crime have done so with large obstacles in their way.

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Who would ask a Burnaby Private Eye to investigate a serious crime? Typically, it is a family member or someone close to the victim or victims of a serious crime who was not satisfied with the local Burnaby police investigation. This is not to say that the police investigation was poorly executed, just that the client was not satisfied with the investigative outcome for whatever reason.

Burnaby PI Criminal Investigation Obstacles

The obstacles that Burnaby Private Investigators face when investigating serious crime are two-fold:

  • the obvious first issue is access to evidence

  • the second, not so obvious, issue is economics

Private Investigators in Burnaby are not what you see portrayed on movies and television. They do not sit around a noir style office in Burnaby waiting for a serious crime file to be placed on their desk. Burnaby Private Investigators need good constant revenue streams, investigating serious crime in Burnaby is not one of them. As mentioned before, constant revenue stream comes from fraud investigations, at least for most Burnaby Private Investigators. The issue of economics even makes it difficult for an individual to even find a Burnaby Private Investigator who will investigate a serious crime.

Burnaby Private Investigators

So, who are the Private Investigators in Burnaby who specialize in investigating serious crime? There are non. Yes, there are Investigators who have successfully investigated a serious crime or two, and became famous for it, but if you look into their career you will see that serious crime investigations makes up a very small portion of their history. This article is not to downplay Burnaby Private Investigators who have investigated and solved serious crimes. A PI who has investigated and solved a serious crime in Burnaby should be proud. The ability to become a Private Investigator in Burnaby who has gained a reputation that will make clients confident that they can solve a serious crime is impressive.

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