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Hey! Ever tried to play James Bond in your real life? The thought of all the thrills that we would enjoy and the jeopardy in such an attempt really sends a chill down the spine. Some of us must have dreamt of becoming Private Investigators/detectives just for the satisfaction involved in unraveling the truth or for the money we would be able to make out of it or even for the sake of the thrill of maintaining secrecy and staying under cover during the investigations. But, what else do we know about the things involved in being one? These people often work in civil cases handled by attorneys. Some even work for the various insurance companies to ensure that the claims of the claimant are true. Before the introduction of the “no-fault divorce” system, many people sought the assistance of private investigators to prove their spouse guilty of adultery or breaking the matrimonial vows. It was considered as one of the most profitable ways to earn money in this field. Now-a-days the issues brought before the investigators are regarding child custody, allowance demanded for child custody or disputes regarding marital property. Businessmen wishing to invest a fairly huge sum of money in any business involving high risk or any investment venture, hire the investigator to be sure of the legitimacy of the venture. This helps the investor not to be a prey to fraudulent schemes.

Many fields require licensed Private Investigators/Detectives to assist them. The image that pops into our imagination when we hear the word investigator or detective is that of a very skillful person moving stealthily with a gun in his hands. But that is not true at all times. They possess arms depending on the necessity and the seriousness of their undertaking. Most of the investigators are ex-military men or retired police officers or the ones who had worked as law enforcement agents. There is yet another presumption that the investigators only spy around and bring the truth to limelight, but that is not the truth. They have varied duties at their dispersal and we wouldn’t even think of them in our wildest imagination. Some of them are delivering the summons, sub peons and other legal documents to the person concerned on a personal basis, getting hold of the debtors who abscond after getting sufficient investment in their scheme, expert in technical surveillance counter-measures with which they locate and deal with unwanted forms of unwanted forms of electronic surveillance and some others might be involved in corporate issues that include trade secrets, copyright encroachment and computer forensics.

Most of us think that the investigators are bestowed with the power to shoot the accused at sight, but the truth is just the other way round.  They too have the basic civilian rights as to arrest and to withhold the accused until legal action is carried on. If they involve themselves in any act not pertaining to the civilian rules, the investigator would have to face criminal charges. Now here is a little something regarding the person who founded the first detective agency. He was Eugene Francois Vidocq, a French soldier, who founded and named the first agency as “Le Bureau des Reseignements Universels pour le commerce et I’Industrie”. Anthropometry, a method of investigation that was introduced by him is still in use by the French police force. Now-a-days, being a Private Investigator/Detective is looked upon as a second career option by police officers. Finally after getting an insight into this field, those who wish to be an investigator have to choose his/her area of interest with proper care.


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