If you are hiring a private detective Jakarta, it is a good idea to check their background and location. Many are based in the United States or elsewhere, not in Indonesia or even Southeast Asia. The first step should be to make sure it’s possible to speak with someone that is actually in Indonesia! These foreign private detective Indonesia may provide good service in their home countries. However, there is a major disadvantage to doing “long-distance” or “internet” investigations. These companies must normally subcontract their services. Without local agents or staff, it is difficult to control the quality and timeliness of their work.
In addition, Indonesia culture, customs, and laws are very different from other countries. The service costs outside Indonesia are also much higher. Don’t be misled by big companies, fancy names, or bogus claims and trademarks! Make sure that you can speak to someone that is actually located in Indonesia. Ask for customer references and samples of their work before you start. Zele Investigators Indonesia recommend the following:
Private Detective Jakarta Checklist
- Only deal with companies that are actually located in Indonesia. Don’t hire someone whose office is in the US. You’ll only be paying extra for a middleman that cannot control the quality of their subcontractor’s work.
- Verify company information such as the address and phone number. Some Indonesia private investigators claim to have offices in Indonesia, but really don’t. If they don’t have a phone number in Indonesia, that is also trouble.
- Check if the company is a licensed business in Indonesia. Some PI companies claim to be “the largest” and “top-rated”, in fact are operating illegally in Indonesia without a business license. This can just get you into trouble. Check with the Indonesia Ministry of Trade business registrar to verify.
- Ask for and check customer references before hiring.
- Check if they can provide redacted samples of their work. If they cannot, then they don’t have anything or are afraid to show you what they can do.
- Make sure they can communicate properly in English, Indonesia and other native dialects such as Javanese, Sundanese and Minangkabau.
- Don’t deal with companies that only accept bank transfers or Western Union. Make sure they provide standard universally accepted payment methods that provide consumer protection such as Stripe, MoneyGram or credit card.
- Make sure your information is confidential and secure. Check to see that their websites have proper security and privacy technology.