Security sector veteran Abraham Kiswani offers a closer look at the responsibilities of licensed private investigators in the United States.
As reflected in figures published by the Bureau of Labor Statistics, by 2020, an estimated 42,000 licensed private investigators will be working in the United States, a number up by approximately 20 percent compared to a decade ago. A certified security contractor with more than 20 years of experience working in the industry, also embarking on becoming a licensed private investigator, Abraham Kiswani offers an insight into the growing profession.
“As the private investigator sector grows, many states in the U.S. have adopted strict rules, regulations, and other requirements for licensed professionals,” explains Kiswani.
A private investigator, private detective, or an inquiry agent is an individual available for hire by other individuals or groups in order to undertake investigatory services. “Private investigators, who may also be referred to as ‘PIs’ or, more informally, ‘private eyes,’ are often approached to work for attorneys on civil cases,” Kiswani reveals.
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“Other private investigators may, for example, be focused on a particular area of expertise, such as insurance investigations wherein which they’re tasked with investigating dubiously-made insurance claims,” he adds.
Furthermore, private investigators may choose to become involved in process serving, or the personal delivery of summons, subpoenas, and other legal documents. “Tracking down absconding debtors also forms a significant part of the workload of many private investigators who follow this and similar routes into the profession,” Kiswani explains.
While some private investigators are responsible only for tracing, others may specialize in technical surveillance countermeasures, a niche typically filled predominantly by those with intelligence or counterintelligence backgrounds. “Other roles or areas of specialization may include corporate investigation, anti-fraud work, loss prevention, the protection of intellectual property, due diligence investigation, anti-piracy, copyright infringement investigation, and cybercriminal activity or computer forensics work,” reveals Kiswani.
“Ultimately, however,” he adds, wrapping up, “it is down to each individual, once licensed as a private investigator, to choose an area in which to specialize, which will then define their key roles and responsibilities by default going forward.”
A graduate of Alan B. Shepard High School in Palos Heights, certified security contractor Abraham Kiswani is today based in Burbank, Illinois, around 15 miles from the City of Chicago. The so-called ‘Windy City,’ Chicago is the most populous city in Illinois and the third most populous city in the United States. Kiswani’s abundant and varied personal interests include antique muscle cars, sailing, scuba diving, softball, cooking, movie memorabilia collecting, and adrenaline-fuelled activities such as skydiving and bungee jumping.