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Sherlock Holmes is one of the world’s most famous fictional detectives.
Thanks to books, movies and TV shows, many people have a clear mental image of the stereotypical private investigator. He works from a dimly-lit, cluttered, sometimes smoky office in a less-than-affluent part of town. There, he greets a series of walk-in clients — often women — who have been wronged in one way or another.
Usually, his job is either to find proof of wrongdoing or to make the situation right again. To do this, he gets useful information from witnesses and bystanders, sometimes with the help of false pretenses and fake identification. He tails witnesses, takes pictures, searches buildings and keeps an eye out for clues that others may have overlooked. Occasionally, his curiosity gets him into trouble, and he barely escapes being caught somewhere he isn’t supposed to be. But eventually, he returns to his distressed client, letting her know that he’s solved the case.
Store and Hotel Detectives
Many retail establishments hire loss-prevention agents to investigate and prevent employee theft and shoplifting. Although the job title doesn’t always include the word “investigator” or “detective,” these employees generally perform investigative work. Some hotels and casinos also employ detectives to protect guests and help investigate thefts or petty crimes that take place on the property. In many cases, these investigators also double as security guards.
Lots of fictional detectives have contributed to this image, including Sherlock Holmes, Philip Marlowe and multiple film noir heroes from the 1940s and 50s. Today’s pop-culture investigators, like Adrian Monk and Veronica Mars, are often a little quirkier than their older counterparts. They don’t necessarily wear fedoras, work in questionable neighborhoods or even call themselves private investigators. However, they still appear as heroes who have a knack for digging up the right information at the right time.
But just how much of the P.I. lore is really true? How many of the events depicted in fiction are really possible — or legal? In this article, we’ll explore what it takes to become a private investigator and exactly what the job involves.
The first step to separating fact from fiction is to define precisely what a private investigator is. Essentially, private investigators are people who are paid to gather facts. Unlike police detectives or crime-scene investigators, they usually work for private citizens or businesses rather than for the government. Although they sometimes help solve crimes, they are not law-enforcement officials. Their job is to collect information, not to arrest or prosecute criminals.
Private investigators have existed for more than 150 years. The first known private detective agency opened in France in 1833. In 1850, Allan Pinkerton formed Pinkerton National Detective Agency, which grew into one of the most famous detective agencies in the United States. The Pinkerton Agency became notorious for breaking strikes, but it also made several contributions to the fields of law enforcement and investigation. The agency takes credit for the concept of the mug shot, and the term “private eye” came from the original Pinkerton logo.
Today, about a quarter of the private investigators in the United States are self-employed. Of those who are not, about a quarter work for detective agencies and security services
. The rest work for financial institutions, credit collection services and other businesses. Many investigators choose to focus on a specific field of investigation based on their background and training. For example, someone with a degree in business might become a corporate investigator. An investigator with a background inpatents and trademarks might focus on intellectual property theft. A certified public accountant (CPA) might specialize in financial investigation.
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The term “private eye” comes from the Pinkerton Detective Agency logo
By National Insurance Crime Bureau
Published: Thursday, Sep. 15, 2011 – 3:09 am
DES PLAINES, Ill., Sept. 15, 2011 — Medical-Related Claims and Vehicle Hail Damage Post Sharp Increases
DES PLAINES, Ill., Sept. 15, 2011 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ — The National Insurance Crime Bureau today released its first half 2011 questionable claims (QC) referral reason analysis. The report examines six referral reason categories of claims—property, casualty, commercial, workers’ compensation, vehicle and miscellaneous—for the first half of 2009, 2010 and 2011.
Questionable claims are claims that NICB member insurance companies refer to NICB for closer review and investigation based on one or more indicators of possible fraud. A single claim may contain up to seven referral reasons.
During the first half of 2009, a total of 41,309 QCs were referred. That number increased to 46,766 in 2010 and to 48,887 in the first half of 2011. There was a 4.5 percent increase in QCs this year compared with 2010, and an 18.3 percent increase when compared with the first half of 2009.
Medical-related referral reasons generated significant QCs as did the category of vehicle hail damage. Under workers’ compensation, just two referral reasons—”inflated medical billing” and “duplicate billing” combined for a 445 percent change increase from the first half of 2010.
The full report is available here.
Anyone with information concerning vehicle theft or insurance fraud can report it anonymously by calling toll-free 1-800-TEL-NICB (1-800-835-6422), texting keyword “fraud” to TIP411 (847411) or by visiting our web site at http://www.nicb.org.
About the National Insurance Crime Bureau: headquartered in Des Plaines, Ill., the NICB is the nation’s leading not-for-profit organization exclusively dedicated to preventing, detecting and defeating insurance fraud and vehicle theft through data analytics, investigations, training, legislative advocacy and public awareness. The NICB is supported by more than 1,100 property and casualty insurance companies and self-insured organizations. NICB member companies wrote over $317 billion in insurance premiums in 2010, or approximately 80 percent of the nation’s property/casualty insurance. That includes more than 93 percent ($151 billion) of the nation’s personal auto insurance. To learn more visit http://www.nicb.org.
SOURCE National Insurance Crime Bureau
SUSPICIOUS ACTIVITIES BY ÖZLEM GÜNYOL & MUSTAFA KUNT CUCHIFIRITOS GALLERY & PROJECT SPACE
Experienced Private/Field Investigators Needed for immediate Part/Time Position with a Licensed, Bonded & Insured Private Investigative Company.
Cases include Insurance Fraud & Domestic Surveillance.
If qualified, work can begin immediately
HD Video Camera (with time stamp)
Hidden Camera (with time stamp)
Clean Driving Record
Covert Vehicle (Tinted windows)
Basic Computer Knowledge(MS Word, MS Excel, Email)
Compensation is $20.00 an hour plus mileage.
Please email resume for consideration.
Areas Needing Coverage
Central New Jersey
Long Island, NY