Criminal Investigations & the Private Investigator

    We are all too aware that police are overburdened with crime, and what may be important to you may not be important to them. The police detectives are usually carrying numerous cases and it is not uncommon for a police detective to be carrying more than 100 cases, with that number of open cases that have to prioritize. So your housebreaking or home invasion might not be a priority to them.

    Here in South Africa, we have a further issue where the competency of many of the police detectives is questionable. The National Prosecuting Authority (NPA) and some magistrates have blamed police incompetence for the dismal conviction rate. This incompetence covers everything from dockets that are incorrect and incomplete to crime scenes that are no not correctly processed.

    What is a criminal investigation?

    A criminal investigation is an undertaking that seeks, collects, and gathers evidence for a case or specific purpose. A criminal investigator looks for clues and evidence to determine whether a crime has taken place. If a crime has been committed, criminal investigators may look into the background of the accused and may try to uncover who committed the crime. Criminal investigators undertake several investigation techniques in order to find the necessary evidence for a case. Police agencies and law enforcement are committed to criminal investigations of every kind, but a growing number of individuals are choosing to launch their own criminal investigations with the help of professional investigators.

    Why Should I Use a Private Criminal Investigator?

    • Private criminal investigators operate within the law to find evidence
    • Private criminal defence investigators can gather evidence of wrongful conviction or accusation
    • Police investigators are often busy with other tasks. They have a number of cases on their desk.
    • Police investigation divisions can be too short on resources to conduct a proper investigation
    • A private investigator can devote all his / her attention to your case.
    • Exclusively dedicated criminal investigators are more persistent than law enforcement so they can provide better results
    • Private criminal investigators are not limited by jurisdiction

    What types of Criminal Investigations Exist?

    Types of Criminal Investigation

    • Housebreaking investigations
    • Fraud investigations
    • Crime scene investigations
    • Sexual crime investigations
    • Theft investigations
    • Kidnapping investigations
    • Assault investigations
    • Homicide investigations
    • Criminal defence investigations

    When Do I Need a Criminal Investigator?

    • If law enforcement investigations produce little or no results
    • When you need evidence gathered for criminal defence
    • To collect evidence for a criminal case
    • To find and interview other witnesses to a crime
    • To gather impartial facts about a crime
    • If you need surveillance or records searches to collect evidence

    How Reliable Are Criminal Investigations?

    Private Criminal investigators are highly trained and have the resources to a wide variety of tools that might not otherwise be available. These tools can include networks of investigators, surveillance, records checks, and other sources that can help them solve crimes. An investigator's experience allows them to know how to find the evidence that you are looking for and the best practices to perform their investigations effectively. Criminal investigators also adhere to laws and regulations surrounding investigations to ensure that your information is obtained in a legal manner. Private crime investigators can find useful evidence that others might overlook. Private criminal investigators also keep evidence preserved so that it is admissible in court. Since investigators take cues from you, they will generally continue to investigate until you are satisfied so that the chances that you will get answers and evidence are quite high.