6 Reasons to Hire a Private Investigator

child custody private investigatorPrivate Investigators are so much more than the TV and media tropes of yesteryear. Their industry knowledge, expert skill sets, and critical thinking abilities often combine talents of law enforcement and military backgrounds within the field. That goes a long way towards comforting clients and competently completing cases. But what are the main reasons to hire a private investigator?

Background Checks

The internet offers countless background check options, but they can be costly and provide limited and basic information that practically anyone can get through social media. Why bother wasting the time and money jumping through that rabbit hole when a PI can run the right checks on employees, a potential suitor, babysitter, or anyone else in your life to ensure they’re who they claim to be.

Child Custody

Joint or shared custody may be the best option for agreeable parents. But many parents can’t come to reasonable solutions regarding child custody. In some cases, irrational, vindictive, and even dangerous behaviors can result from those arguments and aggression. Private investigators can monitor the situation and provide evidence that tips the scale towards one parent for the safety and security of the kids.

Divorce and Infidelity

All U.S. states have no-fault divorce options, but there are only 17 true no-fault states. That means the rest of the country can claim certain legal fault grounds during the divorce process. Several states require proof that the couple has irreconcilable differences and the marriage is broken before a divorce is granted. Issues such as addiction, mental illness, abuse, adultery, impotence, and forced marital status may require specific legal proof that the right private investigator can obtain and provide.

Fraud Investigations

According to The Association of Certified Fraud Examiners (ACFE), large organizations lose an average of 5% revenue annually due to fraud. And internal fraud can result in a 42% loss for small businesses. The right PI can review documents, run background checks, perform surveillance, and help avoid embezzlement to keep your business in the black.

Locate Investigations

According to NamUS, over 600,000 people of all ages go missing annually. Most of those are runaways that return to their household or are eventually located. But many stay missing, either by their own choice or someone else’s. The police can only do so much due to red tape, work demands, and time limitations. And when it comes to locate investigations, the first 72 hours are the most crucial. The right private investigator can start immediately, focus on client needs, and explore routes to find those under the radar.


The term “surveillance” usually conjures thoughts of physical stakeouts, photos, and video equipment. And that can be a part of the deal. But true surveillance involves so much more for a consummate professional. Private investigators and detectives can also work behind the scenes to monitor technology and business equipment, review and improve online performance, and interview clients and employees to help ensure your business is performing at its peak abilities. Give us a call when you’re ready to hire a Chicago private investigator and make your life so much easier.