The Evolution Of Traditional Private Investigation

The genesis of the traditional raincoat-and-notebook private investigator can be traced back to a Victorian sex scandal. After Caroline Norton, a London writer, left her husband in 1836, he sued her alleged lover for ‘criminal conversation’, a euphemistic term for adultery. The lover also happened to be the prime minister, Lord Melbourne – he got away with it, but Norton’s life unravelled. Denied access to her children and earnings, she had no right to divorce, which was costly and difficult to achieve, so she used campaigning poetry to challenge Victorian mores. In 1857, in large part as a result of Norton’s efforts, the Matrimonial Causes Act changed everything. It took divorce out of the church and into the courts, making it far more accessible and finally burying the idea that only death do us part. Adultery ceased to be a crime, but it still needed to be proved.

The legislation was progressive for its time, but the nature of divorce has changed again since Norton’s struggle, demanding a new approach to investigation.

These days technology plays a big part in any investigation with overt and covert camera and video technology, vehicle trackers, online and electronic tools, social media and the like. However, there is still no substitute for good old-fashioned ‘boots on the ground’, and in reality, any operation is a blend of the two disciplines.

The investigation to document and record that vital evidence needed to either give the peace of mind needed to go forward in the knowledge that nothing untoward is happening, or to prove any sinister behaviour, can be pivotal in the client making a decision on both their immediate and long term financial and emotional future.

We are very sensitive to the needs, and sometimes vulnerability, of someone who is at the juncture of making a decision to instruct an investigation towards a partner or potential partner. We have both male and female case managers who are experienced in this field and offer a free advice service, without obligation, upon request.

Please do not hesitate to contact CIS on 07583 907004, for a consultation or advisory chat so that we may assist you to get through this difficult period.