Four 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. At present we are licensed to investigate matters in Victoria and New South Wales. Director is also Licensed in New South Wales. Feel free to ask for a copy of our Licences.
2. Background, Experience, Qualifications & Specialities
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 company after simply doing a one week investigation course, with no other law enforcement, military or investigation experience. It is also important to know what field the investigator specialises in as some investigators only specialise in Factual, Surveillance or Skip Tracing investigations. Our Director has in excess of 15 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. Our firm specialises in Surveillance investigations but also carryout Circumstancial investigations for numerous of our Corporate Clients.
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 investigators from the part timers (and most likely less experienced) or shady operators is by looking at the insurance that the investigator/agency carries. Galvic Investigative Services holds the requisite insurances required to protect ourselves and our clients from potential litigation. Feel free to request a copy of our Certifcate of Currencey.