How to Trace a Long Lost Relative Quickly

If you’ve ever imagined what it would be like to reconnect with a long-lost relative or friend, you’ve probably thought about trying to track them down. It might be someone you’ve last seen in high school and you’re wondering what they’re up to. Maybe you’re curious about a former romantic partner. Or perhaps it’s a child or parent you’ve lost touch with after a falling out and you’re hoping to reunite and make amends.

No matter who you’re trying to find and why, tracing someone is difficult. Which is why we’ve compiled some steps you can take to start your search.

  1. Collect information

You’ll want to spend time gathering information about the person you’re trying to locate from various sources. Try to remember where they were born, their date of birth, middle initials, last known location, career information, hobbies as well as details regarding their personality such as quirks, likes and dislikes. Even the slightest of details might help to trace them.

  1. Start searching

Once you’ve gathered as much information on the person in question, start searching immediately. Search engines like google, bing and yahoo are an effective way to obtain information instantly. Another excellent starting point would be social networking sites. Facebook, for instance, has over a billion users globally, making them the biggest search engine by far. You can look for someone using their name, location and even a group like their graduating class from high school.

  1. Hire a private investigator

If you still can’t find the person you wish to trace, you might want to consider hiring a private investigator. They have the experience, skills and tools necessary to find people who have disappeared. It’s vital to provide them with as much information as possible since their ability to trace someone essentially relies on this.

If you’ve been trying to find someone without success, you might want to hire King Investigators to help you find them. Don’t wait any longer, get in touch today.


4 Things You Should Know About Background Checks of Potential Employees

As a business owner, you’ve most probably hired someone in the past that you wished you didn’t. If you had taken the time to do a thorough background check, you’d have known that they weren’t a good fit for your business. But you won’t make the same mistake again. Not when there are organisations like King Investigators that offer in-depth background checks and is more than happy to help you develop a system that works for your company.

If you’ve ever wondered how background checks work, below are some things you might not have known.

  1. A global database for criminal background checks for employment doesn’t exist

One of the biggest misconceptions about criminal background checks is that there is one database that carries all criminal records filed in South Africa. It couldn’t be further from the truth. Criminal records are spread across various databases making it much more complex than just typing a name into a program and hitting enter.

  1. There are various types of background checks, not just criminal history checks

When you hear the term “background checks” you instantly think “criminal history”. But it doesn’t stop there. You can do credit history checks, sex offender registry checks, driving record checks, employment history checks and more. You can select the type of checks to run on potential employees but you might want to go beyond criminal histor

  1. You can’t use social media for background checks

Contrary to popular belief, looking up your applicant on social media doesn’t count as a legitimate background check since it won’t qualify as due diligence. If your applicant commits a crime, it won’t save you from liability you might have predicted with a lawful check.

  1. A background check can be used to identify inaccurate information on CV’s

Without doing a thorough background check you’ll never know if the info provided by an applicant is in fact true. Candidates are willing to give false information to improve their chances of getting hired. A private investigator can offer verification checks that will allow you to find out the truth.

At King Investigators, our background reports can be delivered within 24 hours and are very thorough. If you need the help of reliable private investigators in South Africa to do background checks on your applicants, get in touch with the team today.

Surveillance techniques used by private investigators don’t deserve the bad rap they’ve earned!

Yes, it’s true, social media platforms, the news and conspiracy theorists or alarmists have definitely given the word ‘surveillance’ a bad rap, which is deserved, but only in certain instances.

None of us want ‘Big Brother’ listening in on all our devices or spying on all our web activities, however, when it comes to private investigators, surveillance takes on a completely different meaning.

The negative rap earned about surveillance does not apply to registered, ethical, experienced and professional private investigators at all.

It is a necessary tool used for many purposes, and when carried out by private investigators who are determined to stick to the rules and regulations of their industry, a highly effective tool for the gathering of evidence for many different reasons.

When you deal with King Investigators, undoubtedly a team of the best surveillance private investigators in Pretoria and Johannesburg, surveillance is used as a highly effective tool to document the interactions of the subject of surveillance, their contacts, movements and activities for very specific reasons.

The reasons for surveillance are varied and include situations such as:

  • Civil and criminal investigations
  • Business intelligence
  • Due Diligence
  • Cheating spouses and infidelity
  • Stalking and harassment
  • Employee theft
  • Surveillance of employees, as well as representatives of a company when out on the road
  • Child custody
  • Child abduction
  • Illegal drug activities
  • Spousal abuse & child abuse

It’s important to note that a private investigator has the ability to carry out surveillance remotely and in person, but this depends entirely on what the situation calls for, and what is required by the client.

Methods used in surveillance:

  • Physical surveillance:

Physical surveillance isn’t limited to keeping the subject of the investigation under physical observation.  It can also include using state of the art audio and visual recording devices, and with the growth of technology in recent years, these devices are more sensitive than one can imagine.

These types of devices not only add to physical surveillance, but also act as further evidentiary backup of evidence being collected.

Physical surveillance carries a lot of risk for a private investigator in terms of being susceptible to detection, because the investigator has to stay as close as possible to the subject under investigation, yet not attract attention.

This is also where undercover work comes in for a private investigator.  For instance, if an investigator needs to gain access to a business in which illegal activities are suspected, the investigator needs to be able to blend in without attracting attention to themselves.

  • Electronic Surveillance:

Electronic surveillance involves having access to data transmissions, whether from mobile devices or desktop computers, as well as audio and video recording equipment that will be used to monitor the behaviour of the person under surveillance around the clock, if necessary.

GPS also plays a major part in electronic surveillance.  It is one of the most effective ways of keeping track, from a distance, of where the subject under investigation is travelling, and which routes are used in the process.

Many companies that have trucks and representatives out on the road all day make use of GPS devices monitored by private investigators, aimed at keeping track of what is happening once the employee has left the business premises, especially if there are suspicions of illegal activities.

It’s essential to note that only a registered private investigator is allowed by law to use electronic surveillance devices, and even then, there are restrictions placed on exactly how and when these devices may be used!

Why choose King Investigators in Johannesburg and Pretoria?

Because they are ethical, honest and professional in all they do when performing surveillance, and when this team provides any client with evidence of wrongdoing, it’s of the quality that will stand up in court, without question!

Call the owner of King Investigators, Jacques Botha for a free confidential consultation to find out for yourself why King Investigators offers the most professional surveillance services in South Africa!

Qualities to look for when you need a highly effective private investigator.

The very first thing to do when you are considering hiring a private investigator for any reason, is to make sure that you will be dealing with someone who is licensed, registered and wholly professional!

The true measure of a successful private investigator will be in just how strong the ability of the investigator is to give a full report based on carefully collected, highly analytical information.

It also has to be stressed here that this information has to be collected within legal guidelines, which means that you will want to find out about how important ethics are to your private investigator!

If you work with a private investigations firm like King Investigators in Johannesburg and Pretoria, you can rely on the fact that they will have built up an essential network of contacts that are also key to successful investigative collaboration.

This network would also include working with the police as well as with law firms.  It’s important that a truly professional private investigator also have a good grasp on the law, as well as on the legalities of how evidence can be gathered ethically.

Here are a few of the major qualities to look for in a private investigator:

  • Tenacity: This is an essential requirement for any investigator willing to chase down all the leads and pursue all evidence until there is nothing left to find!
  • Confidentiality: You need to know that you can trust your private investigator implicitly with all the details of the investigation being carried out on your behalf.
  • Experience: Yes, everyone has to start somewhere, but don’t trust an investigation to an investigator who doesn’t have an exceptional amount of experience in every avenue of investigation.
  • Exceptional judgement: It takes thinking on your feet to adjust to changing conditions and situations during the course of an investigation, and it’s important to feel that you can trust your private investigator to exercise good judgement throughout the investigation.
  • Technological know-how: Things move at a rapid pace in our digital-driven age, and any private investigator worth his or her salt is going to have to remain on the cutting edge of technology!  The gifts of technology means that time spent on an investigation is reduced, and even more importantly, facts are more thoroughly accessible and researched! Social networking sites, mobile phones, employment histories and other highly specialised databases are all there for the taking, provided that you are dealing with a true professional on the cutting edge of 21st century private investigation!
  • Time management: This is a skill essential to handling investigations efficiently and timeously!  You want to know that you have an open line of communication with your private investigator during the case, and that he or she will respond to you promptly and not leave you hanging in mid-air during the investigation!

These are just a few of the qualities that you should be looking for in a private investigator, before you sign on the bottom line!

Bearing all of this in mind, why not contact King Investigators in Johannesburg and Pretoria to find out more about their professional investigative services?

With over 10 years’ worth of experience in the industry, and more than enough of these all-important qualities to instil confidence, King Investigators are on standby to offer you extensive knowledge in every aspect of investigations, criminal and civil!

Make the call now and set your mind at ease, no matter what the case may be!