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Private Investigator West Van- What Services Do They Offer?

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

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What Does a West Van Private Investigator Investigate?

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

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West Van Private Investigator Clients

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

West Van Private Investigator Legislation

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

  • A local West 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 West Van Private Investigator.

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

West Van PI Criminal Investigation

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

West Van PI Criminal Investigation Obstacles

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

West Van Private Investigators

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

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