This is a question that people who are in need of a private investigator don't often think to ask. Most people looking to hire a private investigator automatically assume that a local investigator is better which is not always the case.
While there are obvious advantages to hiring a local private investigator, you don't always need one.
The answer to whether you need a local private investigator or not depends on your specific investigative needs. For example, if your situation requires boots-on-the-ground surveillance there are obvious advantages to hiring a local private investigator. A local private investigator will know the area better and you will avoid having to pay the travel expenses it would take to get a different private investigator there to conduct the surveillance. Common causes that require surveillance are child custody investigations and infidelity investigations.
In other situations such as background checks, cyber investigations, employee screening, etc. that don't necessarily require surveillance you might not need a local private investigator. In this case, it would be better to hire the best private investigator for the job based on skill and expertise instead.
If you're concerned about not being able to physically meet with your private investigator before hiring them, don't be. There are many types of investigations where physical meetings aren't possible and wouldn't even be useful if they were possible.
If you don't know for certain what type of information gathering your situation requires, the best advice is to consult a private investigator near you. They can make an assessment of your case and recommend whether or not they think it's necessary to hire another private investigator.
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