5 things to look for when searching for a Private Investigator?
With the exception of the ACT, Private Investigators must be licensed by the relevant licensing authority in the State they are located.
They must also be licensed in the state the investigation is to be carried out in. It is important to ensure the investigator is licensed to carryout the investigation. In Victoria Investigation Companies must also hold a Private Security Business Licence to operate as a Investigation Business and to employ other investigators. Be aware of the numerous Investigation Companies that offer their services across all states of the country as many are unlicensed to do so. Feel free to ask for a copy of our Licences.
2. Background & Experience
It is important to know what experience, skills and qualifications an investigator has before choosing them. More and more investigators are setting up their own part time investigation business after simply doing a one week investigation course, with no other law enforcement, military or investigation experience. Our Director/Principal Investigator has 20 years of Investigation experience with 10 of those years working for Victoria Police. Our team of investigators come from a Police or Military background or have a minimum of 5 years experience working as a full time Investigator. Unlike larger firms we do not use Trainees on any of our surveillance jobs.
3. Professional Body Memberships
You can further ensure confidence in your choice of Investigator firm by checking whether they belong to any appropriate Professional Industry organisations. Part-time or Casual Investigators generally won't be associated with these organisations due to to annual membership costs. Galvic Investigative Services is a proud member of the Association of Investigators & Secuirty Professionals (AISP).
4. Insurance Coverage
Another consideration to be made that often reveals the full time professional investigators from the less experienced or shady operators is by looking at the insurance that the investigator/agency carries and the Business Structure they operate under. Many will operate as a Sole Trader to avoid having to take out compulsory Work Cover Insurance for their investigators. Galvic Investigative Services holds all the requisite insurances (Public Liability & Professional Indemnity Insurance and Work Cover Insurance) required to protect ourselves and our clients from potential litigation.
5. Hidden Costs
Another consideration when choosing a Private Investigator is to ensure that you know exactly how much you are going to be charged to ensure their are no hidden costs. Unlike majority of Investigation Companies Galvic Investigative Services lists our Prices on our website. We have nothing to hide to any potential client so our prices are displayed on our website. With every job we do we provide our Client's a Service Agreement which outlines all costs for the job so there are NO nasty surprises at the end of the job which blows your budget out of the water.