Interview vs interrogation for Private Investigators.

What’s the difference between an interview and an interrogation?

These are actually loaded words and they are often used interchangeably depending on the way the speaker wants to characterize the questioning.

An “interrogation” projects the image of yelling, threatening and banging fists on the table.

The term “interview” has a softer, gentler connotation.

I always conduct “interviews”. If you were a fly on the wall, heard a recording or watched a video of me interacting with someone, any reasonable person would call it an interview. This includes when I talk with witnesses, victims, suspects or anyone.

However… that’s because I’m not a police officer! And that’s an important distinction because cops are way more limited in what they can say or do before it really is an interrogation!

If a police officer conducted the exact same interview I conducted, using the sames words, tones, gestures, mannerisms and even with my exact same intention of being a super nice guy… well… then he would be conducting an interrogation.

How is this possible? Continue reading

Important surveillance camera feature.

This week I’m going to explain that you really do want a surveillance camera with a display screen for your private investigator surveillance cases.

In the video I talk about the advantages when setting up a hidden pinhole camera and even a time lapse camera for your pre-surveillance, surveillance or even skip tracing work!

Do you have any surveillance camera advice you want to share? Leave a comment below!

Committed to your success,
Larry Kaye, P.I.

P.S. – Don’t miss my special report titled… If You Want To be a Private Investigator Give Up… Unless You Do These Three Things. You can get it on the home page of my blog.

One quick way to solve online dating scam cases.

This week I explain how you can stop many online dating scams, sometimes called “catfishing”, to protect your clients as a private investigator.

Many lonely people, both men and women, get lured into chatting with someone online who claims to be romantically interested in them.

After a while, the online con artist begins to subtlety (or not so subtlety) ask for money. Frequently it looks like this… Continue reading

Loyalty over everything except…

There may come a time in your security or investigative career when you have to make a tough choice. You may have to choose whether to tell the truth or back up your partner’s version of events when your partner has done something wrong (either intentionally or accidentally).

I say “choice” because you really do have to choose. And sometimes it can be a very hard choice. Here’s the way to make that choice much easier… Continue reading