How do Private Investigators in the US Compare to Those in Other Countries?

The world of private investigations in the United States is one that is filled with intrigue and mystery for those who are looking at it from the outside. Movies and television shows are rife with images of hardened individuals who track down dangerous criminals and sometimes operate above the law in order to get their man (or woman).

But the real world of private investigations in America is not always akin to the way it’s portrayed in Hollywood. In fact, most PIs would say it’s quite different, that it’s nowhere near as glamorous as Hollywood makes it seem. But while the life of a private investigator in the United States is a source of tremendous curiosity, what is it like in other countries?

Some may wonder if there even are private investigators in other countries. The answer, perhaps somewhat obvious to some, is yes, private investigators exist all over the world and in places like Ireland, there are actually more PIs per capita than there are in the US.

But how do Pis in Ireland operate? What is their MO? Do they do the same types of investigations that their American counterparts do?

Actually, private investigators in Ireland are hired primarily for corporate investigations, spousal infidelity cases, and fraud. Much like American PIs, Irish investigators rarely have two work days that are the same.

When it comes to corporate cases, PIs are often hired by a company to find out information about its competitors or to find out about someone that is suspected of perpetrating some type of crime internally. Companies also hire PIs to look into possible insurance fraud to determine if an employee is collecting benefits based on a fake injury or illness.

One glaring difference between private investigators in Ireland and those in the US is that the industry in Ireland is not regulated and Irish PIs want it to be. Many of them are members of international investigator associations, but there is no licensing or regulatory policy currently in place with the country’s Private Security Authority, despite the fact that this is exactly what Irish PIs want.