5 tips to consider before hiring a private investigator

October 17, 2018 - Reading time: 2 minutes

We take our investigations very seriously, and we think you should too. Hiring a detective can be a daunting experience, at PattayaPI we always guide our clients through the process in a friendly way. We believe you should always ask questions and we will gladly respond to any queries you might have either before, during or after an investigation is complete. At PattayaPI we offer free, no obligation quotes for all work. 

We've put together 5 tips for you to consider before hiring a private investigator, we hope this list will help guide you through the process of an investigation.

1. Don't do it yourself

We are often contacted by people that have already tried to dupe their partner themselves, usually through the internet. This type of baiting rarely works, usually the target will ask to voice or video call with you, and at this point your DIY investigation will fall apart, leaving your partner suspicious and more on edge. This can make our job much harder. If you would like someone to try and approach your partner online, we can do this for you and our fee is very inexpensive. We also offer great rates on personal surveillance. Don't do it yourself and contact us first.

2. Be prepared for the results

If you're hiring us for any type of infidelity investigation, emotions tend to run high. We take no pleasure in giving our clients unwelcome news, and we always hope for the best outcome for our clients in each case. It's a good idea to try and consider each outcome and how you will react to them. It's our job to deliver the truth; sadly sometimes the truth hurts.

3. Don't raise their suspicions

When you're getting ready to hire us to complete an investigation for you, don't raise the target's suspicions. This might seem obvious, but subtle clues can give away your unease and put the person on edge. Often when someone hires a private investigator, they will start to question the target more, and take more of an interest in their movements or what they're doing. This can make the person more alert or wary, so play it cool and don't give the game away. 

4. Be open and honest

When you reach out to a private investigator, be honest with them about your goals and what you're aiming to achieve. Include as much relevant information as possible, it all helps us build up a picture and advise you the best way for us to help. 

5. Trust our advice

We are highly experienced and have dealt with most imaginable situations in the past. Make the most of our expertise and heed our advice. Once you take the step to hire us we will offer as much support and advice as you need to make the right decisions.

If you need to investigate someone in Thailand, reach out to us. We offer free no pressure quotes for all work and would be glad to help you. 


A word on international private investigators...

February 8, 2018 - Reading time: 2 minutes

At PattayaPI, we are happy to work with any client that reaches out to us. This includes private individuals, law firms, and other detective agencies. Frequently we are instructed by foreign companies working on behalf of their clients in other countries. We have no problem working with these companies but feel asthough we owe it to prospective clients to explain the process by which international PIs work.

An "international private investigator" is someone based centrally, typically in the USA or Europe. They will accept a range of cases and work in any country in the world, whilst communicating with the client in their home country. There is no problem with this business model and it tends to work well most of the time. What typically happens when an international PI is instructed by their client is that they will go on to contact several different detective agencies based in the relevant country... For example, if you need a task performing in Thailand, these companies will contact every agency within Thailand asking for a quote. Sometimes they will even have rival companies bid against each other for work with the aim of finding the lowest possible price. Once they have secured the lowest possible price from a detective agency in their chosen country, they will go on to add their own commission (which in some cases can more than double the cost) and then act as a middle man between the client and investigator.

Often lawyers based overseas will not wish to contract with foreign entities, and so "international private investigators" tend to fill this void, acting as middle men based in the lawyer's country. While this does work in practice, it results in the client paying vastly more for the service, as lawyers and international PIs both charge their own fees. It also means that we don't have a direct line of communication with the client; there is a possibility of miscommunication as messages are relayed between an 'international PI', and then a lawyer before reaching the end client. We always prefer to have direct communication with our clients wherever possible. We feel that knowledge is power, and if you are considering working with an international PI, we hope that this post will help you with your decision.


Licensed private investigators in Thailand

December 6, 2017 - Reading time: 1 minutes

There is no licensing system for private investigators in Thailand. We are aware that certain “PIs” are claiming to be licensed; these claims are misleading and frankly untrue. While a company is able to be the member of an association or group, for example the Investigations WorldWide Association; this in itself does not amount to any type of license being issued, nor does it grant any special privileges to that company. It would be a matter of semantics to argue that the membership of an association amounts to being licensed… We believe this is very straightforward and that to claim you are licensed, when there is no licensing system in place, is misleading. We at PattayaPI would welcome the introduction of a licensing system for private investigators; this would regulate the industry and stop just anyone from claiming to be a PI. It would also (likely) give those with licenses access to government databases, otherwise off-limits to the public, which would be extremely useful to us and our clients in many different circumstances. Many western countries do not have a licensing system and we are doubtful that the Thai government will decide to regulate this industry in the near future. For the moment at least, you need to rely on your own judgment when deciding who to hire. We think that if someone is claiming to hold a license that they in fact do not, this should act as a massive red flag when making your decision.