Whether you are conducting a background check on someone your are suspicious or suspect your significant other is cheating, there are many reasons you may want to hire a highly qualified private detective. With estimates of over 1,300 private detectives in Colorado alone, it can be difficult and time-consuming to find a world-class PI for your investigative needs.

Selecting a Qualified and Trustworthy Private Investigator

Private detectives are trained, licensed and/or regulated in many different ways. Here in Colorado, private investigators are licensed by the Department of Regulatory Agencies. Although there are a number of exceptions under Colorado’s Private Investigator Licensure Rules and Regulations, a private investigator must be licensed in the state if he or she is conducting private investigations in Colorado.

How do you know if the investigator you’re talking to is the right hire? Follow the tips below.

  • Confirm the Investigator is Licensed. Colorado’s rules and regulations for private detectives are some of the most rigorous in the country, requiring field work, testing, and background checks for investigators. Contact the state’s licensing division to learn more and confirm the PI you’re interested in hiring is, indeed, licensed.
  • Find out the Investigators Success Record. A private investigator’s success record can be more important than how many years experience they have investigating. Just because an investigator may have great credentials in law enforcement or related field doesn’t necessarily translate to success in the private investigative field. Results are what matters!
  • Check out Google Reviews. Hearing what other people are saying about a business speaks volumes! This includes private investigators!
  • Does the PI Specialize? Whether you’re looking for information related to infidelity, surveillance, or are looking to track someone down, find a PI who has the skills you need.
  • Get it on Paper. Whatever service is being provided should be written in a retainer agreement. In the state of Colorado, retainer agreement’s are required (except for emergencies) for all investigative engagements.
  • What are their fees?  Be sure to get a quote or estimate on what their hourly or day rate is.  You do not want to get a surprise bill after all is said and done.

Finding the right private investigator can seem daunting. Choosing a results oriented private investigator that is licensed, bonded and insured can provide tremendous relief in these stressful situations. If you follow these simple guidelines and trust your instincts, there is no doubt that you will find the answers you need!