The Murky World of Private Investigations

Private investigators all over cannot fail to have heard something about the latest rumblings about our industry. Information obtained by illegal means is always a hot topic on our forums, blogs and even conversation, most private detectives know of firms and investigators who are willing to act outside the law and recognise that as an industry we need to clean up our act.

The Information Commissioners Office has stated they will jail any professional investigator found not to be registered under the Data Protection Act and any information collected by questionable means would be frowned upon.

It was suggested yesterday that MPsnewspaper blocked an inquiry into some of the tabloids to try after suggestions were made that their private lives may become more exposed. John Whittingdale who was the chairman of the committee said he recalled a conversation with Adam Price where repercussions for members’ personal lives were mentioned but said that this had no bearing on the committees decision not to investigate themselves further.

I would imagine that ours is not the only firm that has been approached and asked to supply illegal information, the positive thing about these stories and scoops is that even the most unethical of investigators is being more cautious about what they promise their clients they can do and hopefully that will lead to a long term clean up within the ranks.

Over the last month or so we have received around 30 emails from other Investigation agencies but also members of the public from someone claiming to be Harry Lipton of Prime Investigations of London. Please note this email does not originate from us.

If you have come here looking for Harry Lipton we would like to say we know noone of that name and would advise that you treat any unsolicited email with caution especially when there is no way of verifying the origins. We are based in North Yorkshire and not in London and any email from us would come complete with telephone number and our address.

Of course if you have arrived here since the business name changed to Detective Denise, you’re probably wondering how you got here, but the sentiment still stands, please be careful with emails like this.

Private Investigator Specialties

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Private investigators offer multiple specialties. It is important to be familiar with these for us to know where to go when we need their services. This article is about the various private investigator specialties and their purposes. If you reside in Atlanta, Georgia, you can read all about Atlanta private investigators at e-Investigations International’s website for more relevant information.

Criminal Defense Investigators

The most common specialization type for PIs that we are all familiar with is criminal defense. Private investigators specializing in this field are in charge of locating the witnesses, interviewing police and potential witnesses, serving legal documents, and gathering and reviewing related evidence. They are allowed to have access to litigation material, court documents, trial reports, and photographs. Criminal defense investigators usually work for law firms and lawyers, and rarely operate their own independent firm.

Computer Forensics

In the modern world, everything is digital. Computer forensic investigators specialize in data recovery and analysis, and the evidence they uncover can be used in a court of law. They are experts in tracing computer system intrusions, and email and data recovery. To learn more about a career in this field, visit

Financial Investigators

For large companies and individuals to ensure the safety of their financial transactions, they hire financial investigators. Certified Public Accountants (CPA) usually tread this path. They look into financial profiles, investment records, and assets for the safety and success of the transactions to be done. The job of corporate investigators is somewhat similar, but they work in a single private company.

Their investigations are either internal or external to reveal problems in the workplace such as expense accounts, theft, or drug use. One example of their external investigation concerns billing statements from their suppliers. Insurance companies also hire detectives to gather evidence regarding suspicious claims. As we all know, some people fabricate stories to claim insurance compensations.

Divorce, Child Custody, Family Matters

Unfortunately, families don’t always last forever. Divorce rates are blasting past 50% and that can sometimes lead to nasty child custody battles and other family disputes. Due to these facts, there are also private investigators that we can hire to find reasonable grounds for divorce and child custody. Infidelity investigations can take place to verify spouses who are involve in extra marital affairs as well.

Skip Tracing

Missing person investigation is also an interesting aspect of being a private detective. Those who undertake this specialization track persons who have disappeared. People hire private investigators if the missing person has not been found by law enforcement officials.

Important: The scope of the private investigation profession is very broad. There are a great many more specialization options available than this article covers.


In most states, PIs must become licensed and generally work irregular hours because of the unavailability of their point persons in usual working hours. Because of their persistence, training, and expertise, our questions are answered and can be given solutions. By knowing the different specialties of private investigators, you will know whose expertise to count on when the need arises.