When people think of private detectives, they typically imagine Sir Arthur Conan Doyle’s iconic fictional character, Sherlock Holmes. Some people will think of more modern — and perhaps even more sensationalized examples — like the private investigators on MTV’s “Cheaters.” When it comes down to it, very few true-to-life private detective services investigate murderers or follow adulterers in an unmarked van with a hidden camera crew. If these depictions are somewhat unrealistic, what are licensed private investigators doing?
Improving Data Storage And Digital Systems
A growing number of private detective services use investigative software and computer forensic science. Businesses need secure data systems to store sensitive and/or critical company data. Detectives help either proactively or retroactively. In other words, investigators can assess systems for potential weak spots and help businesses strengthen them. They can also come in after a security breach, identity any parties involved, and help pinpoint areas for improvement to prevent future occurrences.
Helping Large Corporations Hire The Right Candidate
USA Today reports that 50% of Americans lie or exaggerate on their resumes. For large firms, this can be a very real problem. Hiring an employee who lied about their educational background or experience can ultimately reflect poorly on you. Avoid that by hiring detective services. These firms have up-to-date software to quickly and efficiently perform background checks — and look into credentials in further depth, if and when necessary.
Teaming Up With Media Groups To Get the Truth
When rumors began circulating that debut author of The Cuckoo’s Calling Robert Galbraith was actually world-famous Harry Potter author J.K. Rowling, a British newspaper hired detectives to investigate. The detectives ran both books through forensics software that compared the writing styles and language, ultimately determining a match.
Why do companies and individuals hire private detectives? Typically, it’s not to stalk around potentially unfaithful significant others. Modern detectives perform background checks, work closely with news and media groups, and even help strengthen the security of online and digital systems. See this link for more references.