A private detective agency or a private investigator is also referred to as a private eye. A private eye collects information for his client. This information is generally for a corporate body or an individual person. These people are not in any way related to the government or the military and police.
The areas in which a private eye generally deals are as follows – * Surveillance over a person like the spouse or the husband due to suspicion of an illegal affair. * To find a lost person. * Find proof for divorces. * Find background of employees that a company wants to recruit. This can include medical history, criminal history, employment history as well as civil history. * In cases of child dispute, gather evidence of whether the guardian is fit or not. * Maintaining security of well known personalities like singers, actors, players etc. *Collecting evidences for law firms. * Internet monitoring and surveillance.
There is no end to the number of activities a private eye can do. But there are certain things that a private must have in order to be on the run. First of all, a valid license is essential. Then a bond or an insurance cover is also important. This helps so that if anything is damaged like cars, house and so on then the client isn’t exposed. These two things are very essential to attract clients as well.
Working conditions of a private eye can vary from case to case. A private eye might be working in a plush hotel for sometime. Then the next month, he may have to work in a shabby bar. Working hours too are erroneous. Because a private eye has to meet people at odd hours, normal working hours dont count. A private eye usually works during early mornings, late nights, on weekends and on holidays. Although this job is exciting and challenging, there may be physical confrontation also.
Income of a private eye is very irregular. Sometimes you have to sit for weeks without any work. So you should be prepared to adapt to this situation. Living with low income in the beginning is an aspect for you to consider.
To become a private eye, you do no need any special degree. People who have a degree in criminology, psychology, and police science have a good advantage over others. Most of the people who join this field are either from the police, the military or insurance claims industry.
To become a successful private eye, you require some inherent skills in you. You need to be daring; you should have an eye for detail; good communication and reasoning skills are a must. Also, you need to adept in photography, forensic sciences and comfortable with the computer and fax machines.