Private detective warning anyone ‘lying and cheating’ in Liverpool
When you think of a private investigator, your mind automatically turns to long watches, sunglasses, and sneaking.
But in reality, is the job as glamorous as the TV shows claim?
Stephen *, a UK Private Investigators investigator who has covered numerous cases in Liverpool, has lifted the veil on the sordid cases and infamous plots unfolding behind closed doors.
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Stephen started his career in the insurance industry before volunteering for a few investigative agencies for three years.
He entered the field of full-time investigations in 1997.
He told The ECHO: “Investigative work has always appealed to me and I have always had a curious mind. I was also a huge James Bond fan when I was a child.
“The best parts of the job are helping people with problems they can’t solve on their own and catching people in their lies and deceit.
“So many people seem to think they can cheat and lie in life, hurt people and get away with it in general – but they seem to forget that there are people like us out there, waiting to catch up with them. . “
Over the years he has covered numerous cases in Liverpool including the capture of unfaithful partners, lying employees and inside thefts from companies.
Speaking about his business in Liverpool, Stephen said: “We caught a business manager trying to sell rental cars under the pretext that they had been stolen.
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“We even caught a few local celebrities behaving badly … we can’t name names, of course!”
The majority of the cases Stephen covers are people tracing investigations and infidelity cases, but the company offers a plethora of investigation solutions for clients, so no two days are the same.
Of all the cases Stephen has worked on in his 24 years on the job, there is one that will always stay with him.
He said: “We had a client who was convinced her husband was having an affair.
“He was and we caught him in the act, so to speak.
“He had booked a number of hotel rooms, under different names in order to hide the fact that he was ‘no good’.
“In the end, he took his ‘lover’ to a public parking lot, where we caught them having sex in the back seat.
“All a bit sordid really when you consider that he was a very rich man.”
Despite the juicy cheating story, Stephen said the job wasn’t as glamorous as the TV shows claimed.
He told The ECHO: “You can say that TV shows generally make the company more glamorous.
“They give the impression that there are only stakes, secret cases, pimps and sunglasses.
“In all fairness, a lot of the job is browsing records or knocking on doors (yes, some of us still do).
“We also take on a lot of undercover cases and on occasion the job can be very exciting – even after 24 years. It’s not James Bond though!”
One question Stephen is asked every week is how to become a private investigator – to which there is no definitive answer.
He told The ECHO: “Some people come out of an industry or related career such as the military and enter the private surveillance market, others leave the police and go directly into the private sector.
“As a member of the general public, with no industry-related experience, it is VERY difficult to get into the investigation business.
“There are courses available, but in all fairness most appear to be money-makers for the source provider and offer little to no post-graduation support.”
Asked what advice he would give to people considering becoming a private investigator, Stephen stressed that it is not a job for everyone.
He said, “Practice not getting a lot of sleep. Prepare to have very thick skin, to work VERY hard, and to learn not to let work affect your personal life – not everyone is bad.
* Name changed on request