who hires a private investigator

Who hires a private investigator?

You might be surprised to learn that there are a lot of different types of people and businesses who might hire a private investigator. And while the methods and technology may have changed over the years, the core skills that make a great investigator are still the same: patience, attention to detail, and tenacity. Let’s look at some of the most common clients of private investigators.

Individuals Who Suspect Infidelity

One of the most common reasons why people hire a private investigator is to find out if their spouse or partner is cheating on them. While there are some telltale signs that your partner may be cheating—like working late more often, being less attentive, or acting out of character—sometimes it’s hard to be sure without solid evidence. That’s where a private investigator comes in. A good investigator can follow your partner and gather evidence—like photos or video footage—that can help you confirm (or dispel) your suspicions.

Attorneys & Legal Professionals

Many lawyers and legal professionals hire a private investigator to help them build cases or track down witnesses. Private investigators often have access to databases and resources that attorneys don’t, which can make them invaluable when it comes to tracking down information or uncovering leads. In addition, a good investigator knows how to conduct surveillance discreetly and effectively, which can be crucial in some cases.

Businesses & Corporations

Businesses also sometimes find themselves in need of the services of a private investigator. For example, if a company suspects one of its employees is stealing from them, it may hire an investigator to conduct surveillance and gather evidence. Or, if a business is considering acquiring another company, they may hire an investigator to do due diligence and dig up any dirt on the other business before making a decision.

Insurance Companies

Insurance companies also frequently find themselves in need of the services of a private investigator. This is because insurance fraud is, unfortunately, quite common; some people will try to file false claims to collect money from the insurance company that they wouldn’t otherwise be entitled to. So insurance companies will sometimes hire investigators to look into suspicious claims and gather evidence that can be used to deny the claim or prosecute the person who filed it fraudulently.

Non-profit Organizations

Non-profit organizations also occasionally need to hire a private investigator for various reasons. For example, if a non-profit suspects that one of its employees is embezzling funds, it will want to hire an investigator to look into the matter and gather evidence to take appropriate action against the employee in question. Additionally, non-profits may occasionally need assistance with background checks on potential employees or volunteers; hiring an external firm like Gravitas Investigations to handle these types of checks can save the non-profit both time and money in the long run by ensuring that only qualified individuals are selected for these positions.


As you can see, a wide variety of clients hire a private investigator for all sorts of reasons—from individuals who suspect infidelity to businesses who suspect employee theft. No matter what your reason for needing an investigator may be, Gravitas Investigations has the experience and expertise necessary to get the job done right. Contact us today for a free consultation!