In this article, we will cover all things to do with Private Investigators (PIs) in Singapore. FAQs, what they can do, and what are the most common cases for PIs in Singapore. Asia Top Investigation is Singapore’s leading Matrimonial Private Investigator with over 30 years of experience and our founder, Vincent Tan was Personally Trained Under Ex-Police Asst Commissioner, Ex-FBI Agent, Ex-CPIB Officer.
What is a Private Investigator?
Private Investigators operating in Singapore provide investigative services to legal firms, insurance companies, corporate companies, and private individuals to gather evidence and information. Litigation support is also a type of investigation service Singapore Private Detective offer to lawyers.
Private individuals hire Private Investigators (PI) for many reasons such as locating missing people, conducting background checks, gathering evidence for adultery, conducting general surveillance, and many others.
Most Singapore Private Investigator’s scope of work is in conducting surveillance, field investigation, and conducting online searches. Pretext phone calls are often used by Private Investigators to confirm the information and gather data on the subject.
In Singapore Private Investigation Agencies Are licensed by the Police Licensing & Regulatory Department located at Police Cantonment Complex, 393 New Bridge Road, Singapore 088763.
How To Become A Licensed Private Investigator In Singapore?
A Private Investigator’s license is required if you are employed to perform any of the following functions:
- Obtain and furnish information on the personal character or actions of any person or as to the character, nature of the business, or occupation of any person;
- Search for missing persons;
- Obtain and furnish information on the causes, the origin of, or responsibility for fires, libels, losses, incidents, damages, or injuries to real or personal property;
- Locate or recover lost or stolen property or obtain information on that property; or
- Secure evidence for use in civil or criminal proceedings.
A licensed Private Investigator is not allowed to solicit services on his own. Only the licensee of a Private Investigation Agency can advertise to provide private investigation services.
Is Hiring A Private Investigator In Singapore Legal?
Private Investigators are legally required to undergo training and hold licenses issued by the Singapore Police (PLRD). As a result, a PI will be able to advise the client as to the legality of the methods used in the investigation. … As of 2019, there are no specific privacy laws in Singapore.
By law, certain investigations require special permits for a PI agency before their conduct their work. Such cases include assignments like investigating political figures, foreign diplomats, consuls, or their families, as well as the conduct of surveillance on certain protected (or militarily sensitive) places, foreign consulates, government buildings, departure and entry checkpoints, or certain private schools, require the special approval of the Singapore Police. It is also a legal requirement in Singapore for Private Detectives to be licensed by the Private Investigation Agency Licensing & Regulatory Department (PLRD). The License is always on display in the office or most Private Detectives will save a copy on the phone. Do some research on their experience and expertise before you meet up with them. Read more in-depth on their website and ask some questions about their experience and their success rate.
List Of Services A Private Investigator Can Provide:
1. LOVE OR MONEY SCAM
2. PRE-MARITAL CHECKS
3. INFIDELITY INVESTIGATION
4. BACKGROUND CHECKS
5. CHILD CUSTODY / FAMILY
6. COVERT SURVEILLANCE
7. TSCM (DEBUGGING OF SPY DEVICES)
8. EMBEZZLEMENT INVESTIGATION
9. MISSING PERSON
10. GENERAL INVESTIGATION
Cost Of Hiring A Private Investigator In Singapore
In order to understand how the Singapore Private Investigation industry charges we have to understand these basics. In Singapore, most private investigation agencies that advertised need to have a private investigation agency license issued by Singapore Police Force. If you searched for “private investigators” on Google there are some foreign private investigation agencies that claim they are licensed to conduct investigations in Singapore and operate with an overseas address and phone number. Those foreign private investigations might not have the license to operate in Singapore. To be on the safe side ask for the private investigation license number issued by The Singapore Police Force.
Next, there are licensed private investigation agencies that charge by package. Be sure to understand more as some might charge for written reports and end of the day you will find that it cost more. A private investigator is unlike a spa, beauty, or foot reflexology business in which you buy a packet and you will know how much you spend after each visit.
To conduct a private investigation you need skill and advanced equipment to gather the evidence you need. For example, if a private investigator conducts surveillance on your target and does a lousy job you might lose the chance to gather the evidence you need. Worst still you might end up paying for the package and will not be able to gather further evidence.
Generally, Singapore private investigators charge between $100 to $200 an hour for conducting surveillance. To conduct a basic investigation starts from $600 onward.
Before you engage a private investigator spend some time reading through their website and accessing them by giving them a call. If possible, arrange a meeting with them personally in their office.
Here are examples of packages private investigator charges to attract potential clients:
– 20 hours package $2200 to $3000 for surveillance.
*After you have committed most of the time you need to top up and by the end of the Investigation you will end up paying more. Some even charge additional for the report. To a potential client, the most important thing is to get the evidence they need.
Be careful as some private investigators will just deploy 1 part-time or 2 private investigators by paying them $7 to $14 an hour. These part-time investigators are mostly new in the industry and if they fail or begin to discover while conducting the surveillance it will be even more difficult to get the evidence again.
How To Hire An Experienced Private Investigator?
Hiring an experienced private investigator to conduct investigations is important, especially in surveillance. Those trained surveillance operatives are invaluable when conducting surveillance to gather evidence and reveal the truth to clients.
There are some private investigation agencies that rely on “floating” or freelance private investigators to conduct surveillance. Private investigators specializing in surveillance skill is usually far superior to those freelancer private investigators.
A skilled surveillance operative requires years of surveillance experience and training. If surveillance is not conducted correctly, it can jeopardize the whole case. Surveillance techniques used by private investigators range from physical observation to audio monitoring of conversation. The audio surveillance technique is a more sophisticated type of surveillance, used by most private investigators.
The fees of a skilled surveillance operative are only slightly above the market rate. Private Investigator Steven Tan with 20 years of surveillance experience in conducting local and oversea surveillance. Steven Tan has trained more than 60 private investigators in the art of surveillance.
Private investigator Steven Tan explains that surveillance operatives must be able to follow the subject and have the ability to capture video evidence of the subject and work within legal compliance. They are also trained to handle complicated matters that may arise while conducting surveillance. Private Investigator Steven Tan says this quality of the surveillance operative’s skills far out weights the cost. Private Investigator Steven Tan gives an example when female surveillance operatives conduct the surveillance operation she must be able to disguise as a pregnant woman in 10 seconds.
All surveillance operatives must be trained in handling the evidence-gathering equipment and must be able to capture critical evidence even if the subject is next to him/her.
Most Common Cases Handled By Private Investigators In Singapore
Ever wondered what are the most common cases a Private Investigator in Singapore takes on? Well, for obvious reasons, we cannot reveal the details, but in this article, we will share an overview of the most common cases a private investigator does.
Established in 1990, Vincent has been in the private investigation industry since the 1990s. Over the years he has undertaken thousands of cases on Matrimonial and Commercial cases and is now leading one of the best private investigations agencies in Singapore, Asia Top Investigation.
Vincent Tan is a certified International Private Investigator and was awarded Asia Top Investigator in May 2012. With a combination of 45 years of investigation experience and using Artificial Intelligence to provide clients with one-stop professional investigation services.
Who is Vincent Tan?
With more than 30 years of experience in the local and international private investigator industry, Vincent Tan of Asia Top Investigation LLP has won various recognition and accolades as one of the best private detectives in the world.
“People make mistakes, but the most important thing is to learn to forgive and learn from mistakes.” That is a belief and value that Vincent takes with him when serving his clients. He said that not all of his clients wanted to divorce their spouses when they engaged him to conduct surveillance of their spouses. Some of them just wanted to find out more about the third party and why the spouse is cheating.
From Vincent’s perspective, the group of clients’ main intention is to save their marriages rather than divorce. Hence, he saw a need to go a step further, to give advice to his clients on ways to protect their marriages.
When asked whether he managed to save any marriage over the years, he said yes. He did manage to do so for some of the cases. This is probably a unique factor we learned from Vincent and his private investigation team at Asia Top Investigation LLP.
He has a very high success rate in catching cheating spouses. Yet, he also encourages his clients to forgive their spouses. Therefore, he has many clients who feel comfortable working with him.
He has many good clients and referrals because of his strong track record and reputation. He also consistently served family lawyers, commercial (IP) lawyers, and corporate clients. Even during Covid-19, his business is doing ok. The only time his company was not doing well was during the SARS period.
“The motivating factor is the appreciation given by the customers. If you do the job well, go through the report, and whether 80% or 100% successful, your customer will appreciate them. So, love your work, do it well and be excellent!”
Advice from Vincent Tan On How to Deal with Infidelity
How to repair your relationship after someone cheats
Infidelity is one of the toughest setbacks for a relationship to overcome, but it can also be the catalyst for positive change. Studies show that unfaithfulness in a marriage accounts for around 37 percent of divorces — but with the right tools, it is possible to keep your relationship intact.
How to Move Forward when someone cheats
If both you and your partner want to take the necessary steps to heal from an affair, it can be done, but it’s going to be a long road. Here are a few important actions to take together that can help repair your relationship.
Make sure there is remorse
There needs to be an adequate level of remorse. So if you’re the partner that has cheated, you really do have to feel deeply sorry. It can’t be something that can in any way come off nonchalant. There has to be a deep sense of regret and remorse for what happened. And if your partner has cheated on you and you’re not feeling that remorse from them, that’s going to be something you’re going to want to look for as the starting point for you to get back on the same track.
Be honest about why it happened
This is the hardest step and will largely dictate whether or not you’ll both be able to move forward. People can make poor choices at times. The question then becomes: does that poor choice and/or symptom(s) now have to dictate the future of a relationship? The answer largely depends on the motivating factors behind the affair. Underlying unmet needs in the relationship, poor communication, attachment difficulties, and antiquated gender roles can all be an impetus for an affair.
Infidelity is very complex, there’s a lot of depth and complexity to why people might cheat and how you can find a way back to each other. “Why did this happen? Where was the breakdown? What was it in the relationship that ultimately caused us to have an open door for someone else to walk into it? Having that insight in your relationship is going to be important.”
But if the person who cheated isn’t willing to be upfront about why it happened — or starts pointing blame, repairing things might not be possible. [The reason] can’t be overly simplified, such as ‘I’m a man or ‘it just happened. The only way to rebuild trust is to be completely clear about why it happened so that when faced with a similar situation in the future, a different choice will be made.
Move forward with brutal honesty and care
Being cheated on is damaging for a plethora of reasons, but one big factor that needs to be addressed in order to move past it is a lack of honesty. Lying is a huge part of the betrayal, which is why we encourage the person who cheated to be brutally honest about all the details of the affair to move forward — not just the ones that will hurt his or her partner the least. The cheater has to be completely transparent and answer any and all questions.
This level of transparency needs to continue for as long as it takes to build that trust back up again; something that Elle says was key to her healing process. You’re going to have to set other things aside for a while and you’re really going to have to pour into this relationship in order for it to have a fresh, strong, new foundation.
Be selective about who you tell
Your gut reaction might be to blast your partner’s indiscretions across social media for all to see, which is a common coping mechanism. I’ve seen people in this position go to extreme lengths to hurt their spouses in a very public manner. “Often this is done out of rage and with lack of clarity that usually makes the person who was cheated on look bad or crazy by how they react. It’s healthy to talk to someone about what you’re going through, especially to a therapist. But telling everyone in your inner circle can end up backfiring.
The more people that know about it, the more people are going to have their opinions based purely on trying to protect you from getting hurt. Especially if you two do decide to work through this. The person who was cheated on may be able to forgive and move on, but the family still holds an intense grudge that usually puts more pressure on an already vulnerable relationship that is trying to rebuild and move on.
Consider working with a licensed Private Investigator
Before you let suspicion get the better of you in an affair, make sure that you have enough evidence to prove that your partner is cheating on you. Sometimes, it is best to engage a professional Matrimonial Private Investigator like Asia Top Investigation to help you gather the crucial evidence to prove your case, such as in court for child custody.
It can be hard to know what to do or even where to start. But that’s exactly why we’ve written this simple guide on how to hire a private investigator, and what you should know before engaging a PI. Just remember to avoid doing these 3 things if you suspect your partner is cheating on you.
If you’re looking for an experienced PI to help solve your case or if you need some advice on an ongoing case, you may contact Asia Top Investigation at firstname.lastname@example.org or WhatsApp us at +65 9651 1969.
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