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Private Investigator Vancouver- What Services Do They Offer?

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

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What Does a Vancouver Private Investigator Investigate?

Firstly, the term Private Detective Vancouver is no longer used to denote a civilian performing investigations: Private Investigator is now the correct term.

The Vancouver Private Investigator can investigate a wide variety of things; however, Private Investigators in Vancouver BC mostly investigate insurance fraud for insurance companies. Vancouver 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 Vancouver citizen, they do not have any special investigative privileges. A Private Investigator in Vancouver BC has the same authority of any Vancouver citizen with the exception that a Vancouver PI is allowed to offer investigative services to customers and has the expertise in investigations.

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Vancouver Private Investigator Clients

The most common clients for Private Investigators in Vancouver are insurance companies, law firms, private corporations, and Vancouver citizens. Investigations conducted for these clients will frequently involve potential fraud. Other clients in Vancouver 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 Vancouver Private Investigator. They can include both surveillance and non-surveillance efforts. Vancouver 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 Vancouver on a wide variety of topics such as,

Vancouver Private Investigator Legislation

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

  • A local Vancouver 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 Vancouver Private Investigator.

Furthermore, in Vancouver British Columbia, Investigators legally have the right to conduct surveillance. This means a Vancouver Investigator cannot be accused of loitering. Make no mistake, Investigators in Vancouver 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 Vancouver PI, much of the time, is spent in establishing or verifying information.

Vancouver PI Criminal Investigation

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

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Who would ask a Vancouver 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 Vancouver 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.

Vancouver PI Criminal Investigation Obstacles

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

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So, who are the Private Investigators in Vancouver 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 Vancouver Private Investigators who have investigated and solved serious crimes. A PI who has investigated and solved a serious crime in Vancouver should be proud. The ability to become a Private Investigator in Vancouver who has gained a reputation that will make clients confident that they can solve a serious crime is impressive.

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