Ultimate spy dream becomes a reality
LUKE Athens’ teenage ambition to be a spy later led to an exciting career as a private investigator.
Athens (pictured), who has lent his expertise to a range of cases, including a Strathfield Council investigation into break-ins at councillors’ homes, says it is the career of his dreams, “packed with action and no two days are the same”.
“It’s the closest thing to becoming a spy, like those seen in movies,’’ he says.
“As a child my personality revolved around assisting others in need. This career delivers this. It’s just so rewarding,’’ he says.
Athens, also the founder of Heartbreakers (a company investigating infidelity) says he has been involved in many high profile cases but is unable to disclose much because of confidentiality agreements.
Athens who has been in the field for two decades has done it all from family law and infidelity investigations, computer and mobile phone forensics, social media investigations, background checks and missing persons to data recovery investigations.
There’s never moment, he adds.
“Every day is different. It could start off with an early morning surveillance job monitoring someone’s routine or investigating a person’s social media account and extracting personal information or taking an interview for an insurance company on fraud.
“The excitement around a vehicle or a pursuit on foot is very rewarding when done successfully. Extracting that piece of evidence is always exciting, especially when done undercover.’’
Like any career, Athens says to be a good private investigator you need to have passion and plenty of patience, be prepared to a dull work hard and have a keen eye for detail.
“Be prepared to work hard … don’t expect to be driving the Ferrari like that in Magnum PI. Spend some time learning under another company.
“The minimum requirement is a simple Certificate 3 in Investigative Services as a base and you then can either further your skills on the job or seek further training in specialised field.
“I recommend anyone interested to also look into the Australian training business called Spy School.”
Athens says in the past decade demand for private investigation services has risen.
“Some 10 years ago most people thought it was just something in the movies, and others thought it was mainly assisting police. Today people understand that we are here to help.” For more details, go to: heartbreakers.com.au