The Sort Of Things A Private Investigator May Use On The Internet

Introduction private investigators have solved complex mysteries to the point of being mistaken for demigods or geniuses. However, investigators are regular professionals who are only adept at using certain tools that give them crucial leads. Here are some of the things a private investigator may use on the Internet. 

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Investigative database

Certified private investigators have entry to peer-grade investigative databases that contain social network details, public records, telephone and address and credit header information. There are high-quality databases such as Forensic Information Database Service (FINDS) that authorised investigators may use to determine a person's legal profile, employment and assets.

Social networks 

Social networks have become popular. Facebook and Twitter alone have more than 1.6 billion and 126 million active users, respectively. The content that online social media users post is a treasure trove of data. Private investigators may sift through and use such data to unravel complex mysteries such as a place where a social media user was last seen. 

Public records 

There is a huge amount of public data in the U.K. Since public records cover corporation records, property transactions and government records, private investigators may use them to determine a person's employment and assets. However, the corpus of information is usually fragmented and requires diligence to search, piece together and appraise. 

News archives 

Private investigators usually pay some money to access historical news coverage or items. However, investigators may also use alternatives such as UCL, ProQuest, Nexis and The National Archives to access historical and current news features-free-of-charge. Information obtained from these news databases or archives may be used to determine a person's employment and asset details and last sighting.  
Court records Historical and current court records contain pertinent information about an individual's person, character, property and legal and marital status. Both criminal and civil records are a valuable repository of relevant data. Private investigators may study labour relations disputes, tax compliance cases, sexual harassment accusations and divorce court proceedings to uncover information about the character, business, employment and asset status of a person. 


Private investigators may legally monitor assets such as motor vehicle and bank deposits to uncover an individual's details such as name, date of birth, occupation and height and weight. The motor vehicle department may also provide information, such as compliance with traffic laws. Banking details and account statements may disclose a person's actions, possible motives, movements and last sighting. 


The information above shows that there are many sources of information that private investigators pursue to unravel a mystery. Regardless of the course of action that investigators prefer, they have to operate within the confines of the law. A court order may be necessary for a bank or motor vehicle department to disclose any information about a person.