It can be a tough time when you decide that you need to hire a Private Investigator and don’t know where to start. You might find yourself on Google and see dozens of websites advertising their services. How do you know which one to use?
We are here to help you make an informed decision on how to choose the best Private Investigator Sydney and have curated a 3 step process to guide you.
1. Make sure that the company is a licensed Private Investigator
For investigators to operate in Australia, they must be licensed to the state they are operating in. This means that if you are in Sydney and looking for a Private Investigator, they should have licensing to operate in New South Wales. Under the licensing, they will be operating under a code of ethics and will have operating procedures to abide by. You should be able to find their licensing number on their advertising, their website and their email signature. You can also check with your local government authorities. In NSW, licensed Private Investigators are regulated by the Security Licensing & Enforcement Directorate (SLED) which is a department under the NSW Police. The license type a Private Investigator should hold is called a Commercial Agents and/or Private Inquiry Agents licence (CAPI). This should be the first thing you look for when finding a Private Investigator.
2. Check for reviews from previous clients
A trustworthy service should have a section on their website displaying feedback from previous clients they have worked for. This gives you the first-hand assurance from real people who have used this service and what their experience has been like. Besides looking on their own website for reviews, you can also do a Google search of the company name and see what people are saying about them on Google Reviews. There are also many review websites that log review forums for people to comment about services and products. If a service is not to be trusted, people are generally pretty quick to tell you about it online.
3. Do a background check!
If you aren’t sure about a Private Investigator, then it is possible for you to do your own background check on them. You can ask them to send through a ‘’company extract”. This will allow you to view the official company name and the Directors names of the company. Also ask for any trading names under that company. Run a basic search on google on the Director Names, the company name and any trading names. Make sure there aren’t any negative reviews, articles or bad publicity. Investigators should have full transparency on who they are. If they are not willing to provide this information, we would suggest they have something to hide.
Go ahead and try these 3 steps on our company! We want you to know that you can have full faith in trusting us with your personal information and that we are operating under the regulatory bodies that make us one of the best Private Investigators in Sydney. Our company is fully licensed in NSW, QLD & VIC. Our licence is clearly displayed on our home page. We are completely transparent on who we are and are happy to provide any documentation on request to prove our legitimacy.