Private Investigator

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Private investigators conduct investigations for clients and prepare evidence for court proceedings. They are often involved with matters of insurance, missing persons and character enquiries. They may hold licences or perform the duties of a process server or private bailiff.

Private investigators may perform the following tasks:

  • conduct surveillance and maintain records
  • seek missing persons and locate witnesses
  • take videos or photographs for use as evidence
  • work undercover in organisations to gather specific information
  • gather information for use in legal proceedings
  • conduct asset and liability checks
  • investigate the theft of private or commercial property
  • provide advice about corporate and personal security
  • investigate insurance or worker's compensation claims
  • prepare reports of investigations
  • take statements from witnesses.

Private investigators work indoors in offices and outdoors conducting surveillance. They may need to travel locally or interstate and often work outside of office hours.

Personal Requirements:

  • good communication skills
  • good observation skills
  • able to work independently or as part of a team
  • able to accept responsibility
  • of sound character, with no criminal or other convictions that would prevent you from getting a private investigators licence.

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