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Have you ever thought about Private Investigators? Do your thoughts run to the show “Cheaters & Cheating Spouse’s”? Well, that’s far from what the Investigative industry is. Private Investigators spend a substantial amount of time working on Insurance & Litigation Investigations, Corporate & Risk Management Investigations, Legal & Civil Investigations, and Investigative Research, i.e., Skip Tracing, Background Checks, and Pre-Employment Screening. Let us show you a glance at the tangible side of the Private Investigation industry.

Personal Injury Claims- In 2009 Statistics Canada recorded more than 4.1 Million claims that’s 1 in 7 Canadians. As we are in 2015 that could easily be 3 in 7 Canadians now maybe more? The minimum average claim is at least 12 weeks now. With knowledge of these statistics wouldn’t you want to hold a competitive edge by having a Private Investigator available whenever you need to determine legitimate or fraudulent workplace injuries.

Employee Dismissal- Every commercial enterprise at some point has to let employees go for some reason or another. Have you ever fired an employee who became disruptive? These workers could threaten you, your staff or vandalize your business & brand. Having Private Investigators in your presence when you dismiss an employee can show them that you don’t tolerate the unsuitable behaviour, and you protect your business. If you call for a firm stance while dismissing potential employees right away, you can save yourself time and money.

Internal Theft-In 2012 the Financial Post stated that 33% of theft in a company is from their employees. Corporations & Businesses already lose money due to Fraud, Administrative Errors, Shoplifting, etc. You cannot possibly monitor all these areas on your own; that’s where having Private Investigators on hand to do Undercover Investigations within your business, can save you exponentially.

Undercover Private Investigations- Private Investigators often work within companies undercover. We can be your eyes and ears in your business should you have employees abusing drugs or selling drugs in the workplace, misuse of company property, and employee theft. Your job is to protect your brand and your employee’s utilizing Investigator’s in Undercover Investigations can save you far more than money.

Interviewing & Witnesses Statements for Employee’s- If you believe there is theft within your company, let us treat the alleged employee who may have stolen from you. The consequences of a supervisor or manager mishandling an interview can be costly. Private Investigators can interview your employees decently and with proper legal knowledge.

Background Checks, Pre-Employment Screening & Skip Tracing- Provide you with the proper information before you put your precious time and money into training new employees. Doing this step before you hire can prevent costly issues further down the road. The minimum average yearly cost in Canada for employee training is $1,958.00; you could spend far less on a background check and save your precious business money by knowing whom you hire.

-The Smith Investigation Agency

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About the Author

Whitney Joy Smith

Founder of The Smith Investigation Agency in 2014, Whitney Joy Smith’s extensive background as a private investigator is matched only by her passion for the role. A graduate of several respected institutions, including Northwest Florida State College and George Brown College, her early years in life were spent between Canada and the United States. This education, along with her formative years as a private investigator in various agencies, informed much of her knowledge of private investigative laws, regulations, and operating standards in both countries.


The recipient of numerous industry awards and accolades, including the Consumers Choice Award, Best in Ottawa, and many others, Whitney takes pride in working closely with her ever-growing agency to raise the bar, maintain compliance, and meet the investigative needs of clients. Whitney is active in various membership and supporting roles, including the CPIRC, CBN, CAPI, Canadian Women’s Chamber of Commerce, and many others. Her experience-driven, thought-provoking articles have been featured in everything from Readers Digest to Business News Daily, and she strives to continually redefine standards for those in the private investigative and security fields. Learn more about Whitney and the team at The Smith Investigation Agency today.

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