Six factors to consider when looking for a private investigator

Do you have a private issue or delicate matter that requires the arbitration of a qualified private investigator? Well, a private investigator can be patient and gather evidence for you so that you can take the necessary action. However, finding a private detective can prove to be a daunting task particularly if it’s your first time or you lack an expert to guide you through the process. That’s the key reason why you should take your time searching for one.

Maybe the hardest bit about looking for a private detective is picking one from the large number present online. With that in mind, below are some of the things you should put into consideration when searching for an able PI.

Most importantly, consider the level of experience the PI has. Experienced private detectives have enough knowledge that will enable them approach your case and solve it within no time. This will come handy particularly if you are dealing with stressful situations. Make sure you find out from the PI the number of years that they have offered their services.

Hiring a PI is a lot like hiring for an open job position at a company.

Hiring a PI is a lot like hiring for an open job position at a company.

Private detectives are not the same when it comes to pricing. Prices for their services vary because of one reason or the other. For instance, the variation may be caused by factors such as your location, the type of services you require and sometimes the experience of the private detective. Therefore, before hiring any private investigator, ensure that you compare prices from different researchers to find one that will work with your budget. Some private investigators understand what you are going through when looking for their services and don’t ask for huge sums of cash to help you. Nonetheless, keep in mind that real private detectives have a cost for the outstanding work they do, and that’s why you should be ready to spend extra.

Find out whether the private investigator has the credentials and qualifications to handle your case without much difficulty. This can be achieved by visiting the private investigator’s website and having a look at the cases that they have handled. If their achievements convince you, then you can hire their services. On the other hand, if you are not convinced, don’t shy away to move to the next private detective.

If you can’t appear to find the right PI, ask for recommendations from close friends or families that have worked with reputable private investigators before. It’s an excellent way of find a PI that you are guaranteed will help you solve your problems. In fact, recommendations shorten the process of looking for a PI, and the chances of finding a first class private investigator are always high. Ask for recommendations only from people whom you are comfy with like a relative, competent friend or intellectual.

Next, ensure that you interview the investigators to find out if they are suitable for the job. To begin with, come up with a list having all the possible candidates for the task. Afterward, research about the questions that you would like to ask the private investigators you have shortlisted. You can visit the PI at his office or use video conferencing for the screening session. The main reason for the interviews is to discover everything that the private investigator has accomplished during his or her tenure.

Don't be shy to ask questions before you make your hire.

Don’t be shy to ask questions before you make your hire.

Lastly, don’t forget to ask the private investigator about documents like copies of their certificates, license or insurance to mention a few. If you fail to do so, you might end up with a private investigator that provides services contrary to the law and rubbing shoulders with authorities. Private investigators that run legitimate businesses are always ready to provide these documents even before asking for them.

There are so many things that can go wrong if you decide to carry out the investigation on your own thus the very need to let a professional do the job for you. Therefore, ensure that you search for a private investigator from your locality with the expertise required to solve your particular case. Find one today and begin the journey of uncovering facts that even law enforcement agencies won’t help you uncover on the right foot!

Hopefully, you have learned something new about choosing private investigators and that you will consider the factors highlighted in this post when hiring one.

Your personal eye in the sky: the many benefits of hiring a private investigator

So, what do you do when someone you love or care for goes missing? Call 911? Put their picture on a milk carton? Print out flyers and pass them around? What if you’re looking for some one, or some people who don’t want to be found? What then?

Private investigation and the whole hiring a private investigator business are as old as man’s organization into communities. There was always some nosy guy in the village that people would go to whenever they needed some information about something, or someone. In Georgia you would hire a private investigator Atlanta. It’s the same thing now only this time it’s official business that includes signing legal papers and stuff like that. In the modern world, private eyes have been used for all kinds of investigative business. Private investigators can help locate people who have gone missing, help uncover cheating spouses or teenagers are doing drugs, basically anything that can help you get any dirt on anyone, or lead you to whatever answers you’re looking for.

Hiring a private investigator has several obvious benefits

Some Pursuits Can Be Dangerous

Now, back to finding people who don’t want to be found… or people you fear might be violent. Sometimes they’re not strangers at all… but you suspect or almost definite they’d still pull a weapon on and harm you, or worse. Going after such people or poking your nose around such people’s affairs may not be a good idea. Hiring a private investigator is the closest you can come to feeling like you did it yourself! But still be safe. There’s a code of operation in the private eye business that’s similar to what professional doctors have with their patients so you can be sure they’ll never rat you out.

Private investigators use technology daily in their job.

Private investigators use technology daily in their job.

This means you can still make a dangerous pursuit without putting yourself in harm’s way. Maybe it’s important to mention that many private investigators are already licensed and trained gun owners. Some even take it further and learn the smooth art of close hand-to-hand combat techniques like Krav Maga or Tai Chi and the likes. In short, they’re well equipped for the trade; magnifying glass, long coat, a little hat, leather boots, everything a private investigator needs for the job! The whole Sherlock Holmes thing… So you can be sure that if or when they get hurt during your assignment… God forbid!… it wasn’t your fault. Maybe they can charge you extra, but that’s close to nothing compared to the hurt they sometimes take for you by the time the dust settles on a case!

You Automatically Become Omnipresent

Wherever the private investigator goes during your assignment means you’re there with them. Whatever they hear, you hear… and whatever they see, you see. It’s like mutating to an instant twin! The means or mode of passing information between you and your private investigator depends on the assignment at hand or the risks involved. Whichever way… you’ll definitely have your own way to pass vital information about the case; whether in printed data, audio or video recordings, phone calls, and emails… anything that works for your particular case. Have you watched the TV series “Cheaters”?

A private detective shows video evidence to a client that proves her husband is cheating on her.

A private detective shows video evidence to a client that proves her husband is cheating on her.

There’s also this little fact about not being able to follow people who know what you look like. Of course they can spot you from miles away and disappear into the horizon or attack you which makes your private investigating not so private now… doesn’t it?

The Element of Surprise

The joy of finding a lost loved one through a private investigator can only be closely equated to the satisfaction you feel when you catch someone who thought they couldn’t be caught… seeing that mixture of surprise, embarrassment, anger and all kinds of weird expressions on their faces… it’s priceless! Heck, it can blow you away too…!

Every case always has that element of surprise at the end. No matter who’s on the receiving end… or why? And that’s the excitement of it…

Guaranteed Focus and Dedication to Solving Your Case

To some level, you are assured that your case is well taken care of at all times by a professional. Well, that depends on the professionalism of your chosen private investigator. All in all, established private eyes are extremely dependable and only a few lazy, unscrupulous characters would dare charge you for hours not earned.

Remember that you’re paying for someone to listen for you, see for you, and plan plus actually execute long-hours stake outs even if it means being there overnight. Dedicated private investigators know how to get results and they also know that the best way to maintain you as a customer or encourage you to refer customers to them is by quality delivery… and that’s exactly what you receive. Dedicated focus on solving your jigsaw puzzle.

You’re Free to Go on With Your Life

Of course, this is rather obvious right? Hiring a private investigator will take the stress of having to reorganize your daily schedules just to find time for your inspector gadget gig. You can only have 24 hours in a day and some snooping may take more than a quarter to a half of that… or even the whole day. Some investigations take months or years or require you to travel to different locations… and some of us work! Therefore hiring a private eye frees up time for you to get on with your normal life. Arrangements for meeting or any other affairs can be discussed through whichever means you’ve decided on or are convenient for you… even Morse code!

There’s a Private Eye for Your Dollar

And now, to the good part… the issue of affordability. Finding a good private investigator doesn’t have to be expensive. No, not at all, not if you’re street smart anyway…

But please note, you should carry out your research properly first. Unless it’s a really pressing matter, which again, you’d be doing yourself a favor if you took a little time (even a few hours…) to hunt down the best and most affordable private investigator.

Since the private investigating industry blew up and went commercial a couple of years back, the market has almost become saturated and hiring a good private investigator has become somewhat cheaper. Ever heard of private investigators who take up on some cases for free? Yes, it happens, but all depends on the case at hand and how much you’re willing to spend, or can afford. One thing is for sure though… your few coins can land you a worthwhile private eye if you know where to look, or who to talk to.

The Final Word: Should You Consider Hiring a Private Investigator?

So there you have it… everything you need to know about finding or hiring a private investigator and why. Well, almost… and that’s because there’s one more important thing, how to find the best private eye services.

Not everyone or every case needs the services of a private investigator, but in case you do, then… The best way to find hired help, especially in the service provision industry is by asking for referrals that are well known to friends, family or close acquaintances. However, finding a private eye should be a private affair, therefore, you should also be careful who you talk to because you might end up blowing your mission wide open before the case begins!

Once you’ve located a good private investigator, you can go into negotiations to get the best price or at least match what you can afford. Remember, hiring private investigators can help locate people who have gone missing among so many other things such as “pet-napped companions (kidnapped pets…)”.

Pick up your phone today and talk to a private investigator… crack that case that has been gnawing on your souls for a while… get your results!

So, should you hire a private investigator or talk to one when the situation calls for it? YES!

Have you seen any of this stolen jewelry?

Detectives are investigating after an expensive collection of jewellery was stolen during a burglary in Well, near Bedale.


Sometime between 5.30pm and 10pm on Tuesday 22 November 2011, a property on Bedale Road was broken into and almost £20,000 worth of jewellery was taken. Visit this crime map to see recent incidents.

The stolen items included a gold link bracelet worth £3000, a diamond encrusted tie pin valued at £1,500 and ladies’ Gucci watch.

Officers believe that the offenders used a pair of ladders to gain entry to the house through a first-floor window.

Police, who have been making house to house enquiries and conducting forensic examinations, are appealing to anyone who saw any suspicious people or vehicles in the area at the time of the burglary to get in touch.

Detective Constable Gillian Gowling, of Northallerton CID, said: “Being burgled is a distressing experience for anyone, and in this case it is particularly upsetting due to the value of the items stolen, some of which were very personal to the victims.

“I am appealing to anyone who has information about the burglary to contact the police or Crimestoppers with information.

“I am particularly keen to hear from anyone who may have been offered any of the items for sale in suspicious circumstances or seen them for sale anywhere.

“I would also like to advise all home owners to be vigilant and take the necessary security steps to ensure they do not become a target for thieves.”

Anyone who can help the police with their enquiries is urged to call 0845 60 60 24 7, select option two and ask for DC Gillian Gowling, or Northallerton CID, quoting reference number 12110197887.

Alternatively, Crimestoppers can be contacted anonymously on 0800 555 111.


A full list of the stolen jewellery:

  • One pair of 18 carat oblong shaped gold cuff links initialed BvC
  • Two pairs of 18 carat oblong shaped gold cuff links initialed GvC
  • One pair of 18 carat gold squared and corrugated cuff links
  • Gold stick pin for a tie with emblem of a grouse made of small diamonds with a ruby eye
  • Gold stick pin for a tie gold with an emblem of a horse shoe made of small diamonds with inset sapphires
  • One stud set for stiff collar and buttons on shirt made of white ebony and gold
  • Silver flat oval hairbrush with white bristles and initials GVC
  • A five stone diamond ring, circa 1930, the five graduated cushion shaped diamonds
  • A gold link bracelet
  • A pair of 18ct yellow gold knot earrings
  • A pair of white and gold entwined earrings
  • An 18ct yellow gold wedding band with engraving inside
  • A square amber / topaz ring mounted on a gold band the stone approx 1cm square
  • An aquamarine single drop necklace, ring and bracelet
  • A ladies 6000L Gucci watch
  • Two yellow gold tie pins with fox masks
  • A horse shoe stick pin with one stone missing
  • A coral necklace

Talk to your vulnerable relatives and neighbours


There has been another sad story of a pensioner in Whitby being conned by theives claiming to be from the ‘Water Board’ to gain entry into a property and then steal cash. Other incidents have been reported in York and Thirsk and they target the vulnerable of the community. How can you help?

  1. If you have an elderly relative or neighbour warn them how common this crime is becoming and remind them to ask for ID.
  2. Perhaps consider offering to check credentials of any callers yourself.
  3. Remind them that the water board, electricity board, gas board no longer exist.
  4. With most legitimate work that needs to be carried out, they will have received a letter in advance and will be expecting someone, even then, ask to see their ID, any genuine workmen will not mind.
  5. Try and get them to use the keychain on the door as a matter of routine, a lot of vulnerable people think them unnecessary.
  6. A lot of companies have a password scheme where you can register and this will be used by all employees to confirm their identity.
  7. Lastly, please check on your vulnerable relatives and neighbours regulary; a close community can wipe out this type of crime.

This isn’t the only scam that’s being perpetrated against our community. Let’s stand together and educate one another to disempower the criminals.

Argos con artists spotted by vigilant staff

A story that caught my eye this week was the conviction of two con artists that had been targeting Argos and B & Q with a scam involving an electronic scanner and till rolls, forged product labels with catalogue numbers and a received stamp. A member of staff in the Middlesbrough store had become suspicious and the police called resulting in the arrest of Sion Roberts and Andrew Jones. Of course it is commendable they were eventually caught, especially as they are estimated to have stolen £24000, it does make me question the frequency that stores change their procedures.

For as long as I can remember, Argos have issued very similar looking receipts and once your item is passed to you it’s stamped with the received stamp, I’m thinking maybe the larger store groups should be looking at different ways to stay one step ahead of the crooks.

Even smaller retail outlets can add simple changes to their procedures and receipts to ensure that they minimise the risk of fraud. Programmable cash tills make this easier, but when buying one make sure you can add codes, descriptions and change it regularly. Make sure all your staff are aware that there are people out there who will try and rip you off, take addresses off customers that make returns and check back to see if any name appears more than once and just be aware. That customer is not necessarily bringing back goods they aren’t entitled too, but it all helps build awareness.

Electronic pickpocketing: new ways to lose your identity

I read a story on a forum about electronic pickpocketing recently, the basic story is that using RFID technology or radio frequency identification technology someone with a simple hand held scanner can scan your purse or wallet and from that extract your credit or debit card details.

Obviously something that needed a little further investigation as what was being said is that someone walking past me could easily and without my knowledge get my bank details and brought a whole new dimension to the world of card skimming.

This is the video I watched.

Now being the skeptical soul that I am, I was immediately drawn to the fact that the guy who is telling the story is also selling a way to solve it, preying on peoples fears to make money always warrants further digging. Here in the UK, we aren’t really using RFID technology for debit and credit cards, so I guess this at least gives us the opportunity to say we don’t want it. I looked through my purse, not one of my cards has the symbol that suggests RFID is present.

Looking at the video, the scanner has to almost touch the card, certainly it has to get very close before it appears to work. I guess that justifies the selling of RFID wallets.

This article on Snopes suggests that this can only work if people only have one card in their wallet as information becomes garbled if they have more than one.

I’m not overly concerned about the card skimming, the manufacturers will be currently working extra hard to try and curb this. The main concern I have is that RFID is coming into use in a big way with passports and driving licences and I think we should always be careful about allowing products that transmit our data at all.

Must be true, saw it on the Internet

I’ve just been into town and come back to have my son say “Did you know there is someone stabbed in London every 52 seconds?”. I say don’t be ridiculous and he says it must be true it said so on the Internet.

What followed was an impromtu maths lesson to prove to him that not everything that it says online is true. If my maths worked out that would mean there was 1661 people with knife wounds in London everyday and a search on Google would surely be able to back that up.

To me this was a reminder to have yet another discussion about how things might not necessarily be what they seem on the Internet. I needed to point out that the 10 year old boy he talks to on MSN Messenger might actually be a 38 year old.

A network diagram

This sounds like I don’t usually discuss these issues with my children, but I am very internet savvy and often have to help other parents that are concerned about what their children are getting up to, but still my son doesn’t seem to understand that all is not always as it seems.

I took the parents test on and got a credible 57%, two of the answers I got wrong were acceptable mistakes but one made for scary reading. One was about how many children took an adult with them when meeting an online friend for the first time, you would hope that if your child was meeting someone they’d only spoken to in a virtual world they’d tell you about it first right!!! Only 8%.

I want to share a story of something that happened, one child was getting phone calls from men on the landline number and one night men had turned up at the door. Although the girl had told her parents she had no idea how this was happening her parents was very concerned about

a) How the men were getting the phone number in the first place.

b) Why their daughter was being targeted and how they knew that she would be only the night they turned up at the door.

It turned out the child had used the landline number as their username on YouTube and had also put up a video inviting friends round as her parents were out for the night.

Please talk to your children about what goes on online, the CEOPS site is a great place to start.