Investigations – why do them

Whenever there are gaps in knowledge or unclear relationships, it is essential to investigate further.


Frequently, the results obtained from such research are a major help and, almost as frequently, constitute the essential foundation for decision-making.

Often, the decisions involved relate to actions whose necessity only becomes apparent once the investigations have been completed, and the relevant causes and interconnections identified. Taking action means doing.

Whenever that happens, it is important to be well-prepared, so to ensure that those actions will be exactly the right ones.

In this regard, doing can, in fact, just as easily involve actively refraining from doing something or deliberately tolerating something.

But – what also goes with this, is the certainty that we are doing absolutely the right thing by doing nothing at all. Because it will enable us to keep the situation under more effective observation for the time being, it is worthwhile to track events as they develop. If necessary, it may also be possible to influence the way things develop; or else it may be possible to select just the right moment to intervene.

Investigations – their real significance

From time to time, investigations can turn out to be time-consuming and arduous. Many different approaches may prove necessary in order to procure the information desired; and it may be that this activity is more difficult than first thought.

The sources of individual or interim pieces of information may suddenly prove to be more numerous than expected; and it may also sometimes be hard to assess the accuracy of their factual content. Gaining access to the places where this information originates may sometimes even depend on official permits, and this in turn, may be linked to – commonly regarded as tedious – visits to official bodies.

For this reason, each and every piece of investigation must first be clearly thought through and then flexibility and both efficiently and consistently implemented.

Our experience, and our ability to empathize and the resources that we have all make us extremely well-equipped for these types of missions. Far from finding them burdensome, we actually enjoy successfully rising to meet these kinds of challenges.

Investigations – what is their purpose

Investigations are always goal-oriented. They can include activities like analyzing or tracking down individuals or corporations, identifying background or essential facts, researching methods and relationships, analyzing or unearthing particular things.

The results of our investigations close knowledge gaps, create clarity with regard to illegal situations or commercial or economic conditions; supply confirmations or new items of evidence, reveal unsuspected facts or just uncover the unexpected. They may enable errors to be corrected, explain background events, or else enable diagnoses and forecasts; or they may prevent surprises and give a new sense of predictability.

And we know: ultimately, the value of investigations depends on how thoroughly they have been performed and how carefully the information obtained has been assessed and prepared.