The proper order of your investigation.

Did you know the order in which you conduct the different steps of your investigation can determine your success or failure as a private investigator?

When you’re conducting an investigation (like a vehicular accident investigation), you may be brought in by either side (the plaintiff or the defendant) to determine the truth and the accuracy of what actually happened and maybe even the extent of the injuries to one of the parties.

If you do that in the wrong order, it can change everything. If you conduct your interviews and people know there’s a private detective investigating this, then the person who’s claiming injuries can make sure that they’re always displaying those injuries even if they’re fake!

Obviously, that can really affect your surveillance.

What you want to do is look at every investigation you do and make sure you perform it in the right order. Continue reading

Hired to follow a police officer.

This week I want to share with you a call you will get from a potential client, sooner or later, as a Private Investigator.

Remember, I’ve been-there-and-done-that. I made my full time living for nine years owning and running my own private detective agency and from that private investigator experience I take the things that I learned (first-hand!) and share him here with you every week. This is one of those things. Continue reading

Search as if you expect to find something.

When you’re searching for something I want you to search as if you expect to find it.

If you’re in Loss Prevention or Security work, you probably understand how this applies in the physical world. If you’re looking for a weapon, look as if you expect to find one. Don’t say “There’s probably nothing here. This is probably a ‘good enough’.” Search as if you expect to find a weapon.

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What is a duress alarm?

What is a duress alarm?

A duress alarm (sometimes called a duress alarm) is a covert alarm that can be “sounded” in a way that the bad guy thinks everything is normal, but which alerts the security force or police department that there is a problem and specifically that a person is being forced to do something against their will.

For example, If a cashier is being forced to open the cash register for a robbery, there may be a button she pushes (or fails to push!) that will still open the cash drawer, but will also send an alarm to the loss prevention officer, alarm monitoring company or even the police department.

Other duress alarms can be super sneaky. For example… Continue reading

Bad Laws and Private Investigators.

Bad laws are passed so a person or group can gain some kind of advantage or protection. Unfortunately, even the most well intentioned legislation can have consequence the authors of the law never intended.

The example I give in this week’s video is a proposed law to outlaw any thing that blocks R.F.I.D. readers. The intention was to outlaw “booster bags” that shoplifters use to bypass the electronic anti-theft technologies retailers use. However… Continue reading