FAQ's

Q- Are private investigators police/ cops/ detectives?

A- No, they are not. However, they can charge you with an offence like police, this is known as a private prosecution. They typically work closely with police and or government but mostly in civil matters.
They are permitted to contact you, follow you and keep you under surveillance. You cannot state they are harassing you. You can ask them why they are contacting you.

Q- What is the difference between a stalker/ harassment and an investigator?

A- Stalking is illegal, whereas investigations is legal and defined in legislation.

Q- Why would a private investigator come to my house, contact/ text/ call me, follow or want to talk to me?

A- You are or have had involvement in a civil or criminal matter. They are investigating and collecting evidence.
Often law firms will collect information to assist in child custody cases.

Q- Are private investigators police/ cops/ detectives?

A- No, they are not. However, they can charge you with an offece like police, this is known as a private prosecution. They typically work closely with police and or government such as Centerlink. They work with lawyers and attorneys as well.

Q- Are private investigators legal/ illegal in Australia?

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A- If a private is licenced with their state police LRD (licencing and regulation department) they are permitted to conduct investigatory activities under the Private Security Act 2004 (Victoria) or equivalent state legislation. ​

Q- What is the difference between a stalker/ harrassment and an investigator?

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A- Stalking is illegal, whereas investigations is legal and defined in legislation.​
​It is a real job, sometimes dangerous, and evidence collected is admissible in court if you are investigated.​

Q- Why would a private investigator come to my house, contact/ text/ call me, follow or want to talk to me?

A- You are or have had involvement in a civil or criminal matter. They are investigating and collecting evidence.​
Often law firms will collect information to assist in child custody cases.​

Q- Are private investigators police/ cops/ detectives?

A- No, they are not. However, they can charge you with an offece like police, this is known as a private prosecution. They typically work closely with police and or government such as Centerlink. They work with lawyers and attorneys as well. ​

Q- Are private investigators expensive or essential?

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A- Due to the over work load, and lack of expertise in the state police organisations, private investigators typically have skills sets that fill the gaps., and or specialize in civil cases and often work with law firms. Also they catch people involved in infidality typically called "cheaters".​ They being plain clothes work by using surviellence, obtaining information from their surroundings.​

Q- Can private investigators track your phone/ car?

A- Under the Surviellence Devices Act 1999 (Victoria) section 6-8 it is illegal for anyone who does not have a warrant to use a device to determine the whereabouts of another person without their express or implied consent.​

Q- Can/ Do private investigators carry guns?

A- If the investigator is a private body guard and working in a capacity in which they are permitted to carry a carry by the state police authourity such as an armed bodyguard.​

Q- Can private investigators get facebook messages?

A- Only if you send them one or the person who has authourized your investigation, typically a compliantant. ​

Q- Can private investigators track cell phones/ social media or hack them?

A- It is unlawful for a person to track or hack phones or social media without a warrant.​

Q- Can private investigators be charged with stalking?

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A- If they have a lawful reason to investigate you, section 11 of the Personal Saftey Intervention Order Act (2010) Victoria allows them to follow/ investigate an individual.​

Q- Do private investigators have badges?

A- Private Investigators in Victoria have identification issued to them by LRD from Victoria Police.​

Q- Do private investigators solve murders?

A- In some cases, when police resources are limited, and or it is a cold case, a private individual may contact an investigator to solve a range or civil and or criminal offences including murders.​

Q- Do private investigators get paid well/ make good money?

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A- As they are typically employed in the private sector, they are paid private rates.​

Q- Do private investigators have to identify themselves?

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A- Unless they are conducting covert surviellence, private investigators would normally as a matter or courteousy introduce themselves.​

Q- Do private investigators still exist?

A- Yes.

Q- Do private investigator go to court?

A- They may be compelled to give evidence.​