A Surrey Private Investigator or Professional Investigator is a civilian employed by a Surrey BC private investigations company hired to investigate “subjects” by a customer. In Surrey, the customer is known as the "client." The “subject” is usually a person or persons but can also be a Surrey business. The customer can be an individual, corporation, and even a government agency.
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What Does a Surrey Private Investigator Investigate?
The Surrey Private Investigator can investigate a wide variety of things; however, Private Investigators in Surrey BC mostly investigate insurance fraud for insurance companies. Surrey 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 Surrey citizen, they do not have any special investigative privileges. A Private Investigator in Surrey BC has the same authority of any Surrey citizen with the exception that a Surrey PI is allowed to offer investigative services to customers and has the expertise in investigations.
Surrey Private Investigator Clients
The most common clients for Private Investigators in Surrey are insurance companies, law firms, private corporations, and Surrey citizens. Investigations conducted for these clients will frequently involve potential fraud. Other clients in Surrey 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 Surrey Private Investigator. They can include both surveillance and non-surveillance efforts. Surrey 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 Surrey on a wide variety of topics such as,
Locates, Skip Tracing, or Missing Surrey Persons Investigations
Interviewing and Statement-Taking
Network & Data Cyber Security
Theft Investigations in BC
Accident Investigations & Reconstructions
Asset Recovery Investigations
BC Process Serving
Arson Investigations in BC
Surrey Private Investigator Legislation
Most people think that Surrey Private Investigators are granted extra provincial BC legislative powers; however, this is not entirely true.
A local Surrey 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 Surrey Private Investigator.
Furthermore, in Surrey British Columbia, Investigators legally have the right to conduct surveillance. This means a Surrey Investigator cannot be accused of loitering. Make no mistake, Investigators in Surrey 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 Surrey PI, much of the time, is spent in establishing or verifying information.
Surrey PI Criminal Investigation
Investigating crime in Surrey or more correctly, investigating serious crime in Surrey is usually under the purview of Surrey BC government agencies. So, do Private Investigators in Surrey ever investigative serious crime. Short answer no, long answer yes with a “but.” Private Investigators in Surrey can and do investigate serious crime; however, it is very rare. What a Surrey Professional Investigator will investigate most in their career will be blue collar crimes such as insurance fraud. Furthermore, the few Surrey Private Investigators who have investigated serious crime have done so with large obstacles in their way.
Who would ask a Surrey 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 Surrey 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.
Surrey PI Criminal Investigation Obstacles
The obstacles that Surrey 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 Surrey are not what you see portrayed on movies and television. They do not sit around a noir style office in Surrey waiting for a serious crime file to be placed on their desk. Surrey Private Investigators need good constant revenue streams, investigating serious crime in Surrey is not one of them. As mentioned before, constant revenue stream comes from fraud investigations, at least for most Surrey Private Investigators. The issue of economics even makes it difficult for an individual to even find a Surrey Private Investigator who will investigate a serious crime.
Surrey Private Investigators
So, who are the Private Investigators in Surrey 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 Surrey Private Investigators who have investigated and solved serious crimes. A PI who has investigated and solved a serious crime in Surrey should be proud. The ability to become a Private Investigator in Surrey who has gained a reputation that will make clients confident that they can solve a serious crime is impressive.