Do you want to know the truth? The people of Toronto certainly do. As a private investigation agency, we get calls all the time from people all over the city interested in our private investigation services. Over the years, we’ve started to notice that people request some of our services more often than others.
We put together a Top 5 List to give you an idea as to what a private investigator’s most commonly requested services are in Toronto (and the GTA). So, here we go! In no particular order, the following are the top 5 reasons why Torontonians hire a private investigator:
1. Cheating Spouses & Infidelity Cases
Private investigators in Toronto and other areas of Ontario deal with many cheating spouse and infidelity cases. There are many reasons for this some of which include,
- People who want to check up on their spouse because they constantly travel to Toronto for business.
- An individual’s spouse starts working really late and even on weekends.
- An individual’s spouse changes their behaviour and starts working out, buying new clothes and wearing a new scent.
- The individual finds strange receipts for gifts or hotel rooms.
- The spouse has odd text messages on their phone, or leaves a browser for a dating website open on their computer.
Private investigators typically get a call because the person has a gut feeling and wants further proof that their spouse or partner is cheating. Why? Well, it is often difficult to come up with the proof on your own. In many cases, a cheating spouse will outright lie or deny that anything is going on. A private investigator can catch a cheating spouse using surveillance. The evidence they provide is incredibly difficult to argue against. In fact, if a private investigator does their job well, that evidence can even be used in court during divorce proceedings.
2. Employee Background Checks
A background check requires a private investigator to look into an individual’s background. A private investigator can run a background check on someone who wants to know her or his current partner’s history. A private investigator can also run a background check on a family member. In Toronto however, private investigators most often run background checks for many different companies.
Toronto employee background checks ensure that a company hires the right person for the job. A private investigator will run the background check as part of a pre-screening process, to ensure that the candidate doesn’t have a history of “job hopping”, or even a criminal record.
It is so important for companies in Toronto to invest in this type of service and the companies who do use this service tend to agree. It saves them a lot of time, energy and money when they can hire the right employee the first time.
3. Child Custody Battles
Private investigators often work with lawyers in Toronto. The reason for this can vary, but one of the most common reasons why is to help with child custody battles.
A child custody battle is when one parent tries to prove that the other parent is unfit to take care of his or her child or children. In order to prove that the other parent is unfit, the court needs to see evidence or proof. Therefore, it is a private investigator’s job to gather as much information about the parent as possible.
In some cases, the investigation doesn’t reveal anything that would cause a judge to award custody to one parent. However, there definitely some situations where the information a private investigator finds helps the courts to award custody to the right parent.
4. Skip Tracing & Locates
Skip tracing or locates often require a private investigator in Toronto to find a missing person. This person could owe a bank a lot of money, or they could simply be a birth parent.
Alternatively, a skip trace or locate in Toronto could mean that a private investigator needs to find missing product. A Toronto based company could sell their product to a client and not receive payment. In this situation, a private investigator will track the client and the product down so that the company gets the money they are owed.
5. Insurance Fraud Cases
Fraud is no laughing matter. The number of businesses in Toronto that have to deal with employee insurance fraud would astound you. It’s why private investigators often have to check into a specific employee to try and prove that they aren’t as sick or injured as they claim.
Companies in Toronto offer insurance to their employees. This insurance protects both the company and the employee should they get injured in the workplace. For employees who operate heavy machinery or dangerous equipment, insurance is extremely important. Although workplace injuries do happen, it is up to the employee to honestly report the injury. In some situations, the employee does require time off work. In others, they do not.
If the employee claims to need time off work and the employer suspects that he or she is lying about their injuries, they do have the right to hire a private investigator. The private investigator will conducts surveillance and more to determine the truth. If the employee is caught in a lie, he or she will likely lose their job.
It’s important to note that not every employee is investigated. It is only the ones suspected of lying on their insurance claim. So, if you don’t give your employer anything reason to suspect you, they will accept your claim.
BONUS REASON: Citizens want Peace of Mind
The bottom line is: Torontonians hire a private investigator because they want peace of mind. So, if you’re on the fence about hiring a private investigator, for any reason, know that you’re not alone. Whether you want to find a birth parent, catch a cheating spouse or run a background check, a private investigator will get the job done.
Are you curious to know more about the Smith Investigation Agency’s Toronto private investigation services? Reach out today!
Email: Info@SmithInvesigationAgency.com Phone: 647-479-8474