Since the first known private investigation agency began in France part way through the nineteenth century, the mystique of this often-glamorised profession has led to various stereotypes and characters of intrigue being created and portrayed in literature and the arts.
The PI genre in popular fiction has ranged from Victorian-era sleuth Sherlock Holmes to Agatha Christie’s Belgian investigator Hercule Poirot and Sam Spade of Maltese Falcon fame. These famous characters have made PI work sound exciting and adventurous, with clues to solve at every turn.
In reality, however, there is a lot of hard work that has to be put in behind the scenes, while the private investigator will expect to have to deal with a range of clients, both private and non-private. They will also have to provide a wide variety of services and make use of traditional as well as more modern investigation techniques.
However, it is the latter which has really separated those involved in standard investigative protocol from a new generation of PIs that have grown up with social media and the internet as part of their everyday lives.
With clients increasingly making use of social networks and interacting with others through this medium it would be remiss of the modern PI to ignore the possibilities opened up to them. The balance has to be right between respecting the individual and following up leads in a professional manner with making use of a trove of information which can be accessed through contact with people on Facebook and Twitter.
Teams of investigators will still wish to interview witnesses in person and those that may be able to provide the details they need, but more modern technology can be put to good use, making the process that much easier than in the past.
There may be many tried and trusted methods that still ring true in the world of private investigation, with protocols that have proved to work over a long period of time, but the way in which people go about their lives is changing and so this industry simply has to adapt to stay ahead of the game.
This may also throw up new problems which were not really an issue in the past, but the specialist agencies are training their staff to deal with these challenges and meet them head on.
Hiring a reputable professional private investigator in this day and age means that you are benefitting from years of experience in the field, while you can expect them to deploy new and more efficient measures to effectively conclude the case in question.
[author ]Gary Douber blogs on behalf of a leading UK private investigator.[/author]