A private investigator is a person working with tactics and methods similar to the police force but within the private sector. Hence the term private investigator and private investigation. The terms private investigator, private detective, and detective are used synonymously and refer to the same role and work.
The word detective is the most widely used term as is seen in many countries:
The word detective originates from the latin ‘detegere’ to uncover and discover.
In short, private investigators help create confidence by applying evidence and uncovering the truth.
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A private investigator has no special authority or means of access to databases and public records, court documents, etc. compared to other private individuals. This applies in many countries around the world.
As such, the private investigator’s key to success lies in their intellectual capacities and skill set for obtaining and analysing information, as well as knowing how and where to find it. This type of information is often referred to as evidence i.e. detailed factual information of relevance to a case. All investigations must be legal and an important part of the job is specialised knowledge of the law, as well as the skills and methods of conducting investigations.