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Hiring a Private Investigator

Posted by on Apr 10, 2013 in Current News | Comments Off on Hiring a Private Investigator

Steps to hiring a Private Investigator You’ve tried everything to handle the matter privately and now you need a professional. Here’s what you need to know: Where do I find a PI? First, ask someone you trust for a referral; you don’t want anyone to know you hired a private detective. If your confidants can’t recommend a PI, you can use the Internet or phone book to find a licensed detective in your area. If you think your gambling childhood friend is headed for Vegas, hire an investigator in Las Vegas and the cost will be less. License Status All states except Alabama, Alaska, Colorado, Idaho, Mississippi, and South Dakota, require private investigators have a license issued by the government. The license requirements are rigorous and the licensee cannot have a criminal record. State specific tests are given to ascertain the private investigator’s qualifications and experience. Some Private Detectives are required to have a minimum experience of three years in law enforcement. Ask for the License Number and Verify It After you have found the detective you want to hire, ask to see his license, write down the number and verify the number with your state’s licensing authority. It is illegal for you to hire an unlicensed person. If they don’t give you the number, do not use them. The state police, department of public safety, or the state’s licensing board usually handles the licensing task. When you call, make sure the license hasn’t expired, that the name provided matches your investigator’s, and ask to see if any complaints have been filed against him. My license is a Class C-CC License, #CC1000043. I’m a member of the Florida Association of Licensed Investigators. Bonded and Insured Bonding and liability insurance coverages are important elements you should watch for when hiring a Private Detective. To protect clients, some jurisdictions demand that the licensee be covered by a policy covering a certain amount of money. Professionals who care about their trade will have insurance coverage as high as a million dollars. Amateurs will not. Check the public record to make sure your detective is bonded and insured. Interview Your choice of an investigator is legal, so now it’s time to make sure he’s competent. Pick up the phone and ask for a consultation. You should know in a short amount of time if they know what they are talking about and is a good fit for your investigative needs. Media Attention Check newspaper clippings or Internet references to see if he’s been in the news. No news might be good news if they are keeping a low profile. Bad press might be a warning sign and let you know it’s time to look for a different private investigator. Specific Experience Ask if he has any specific experience with the type of investigation for which you are hiring him. If he specializes in surveillance and doesn’t have the experience to find or locate your gambling childhood friend, you might need some other private detective. Special Skills In addition to being licensed, your investigator may have another certification. For instance, the National Association of Legal Investigators awards a CLI (Certified Legal Investigator) certification to experts in that field. Detectives specializing in fraud get a CFE (Certified Fraud Examiner) certification, which is granted by the...

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What Can a Private Investigator Do for You?

Posted by on Apr 9, 2013 in Current News | Comments Off on What Can a Private Investigator Do for You?

What Can a Private Investigator Do for You? Are you being sued for personal injuries by a driver and you want to know if he is faking it? Do you want to know about a potential business partner? Are you worried your spouse is cheating on you? Hiring a private investigator (PI) may be just what you need. There are almost 40,000 private detectives in the United States. What do you need to know to find the right one for you? First, forget about Hollywood’s version of private detectives! Most PIs don’t have high speed pursuits, dangle from helicopters or engage in gunfights with the bad guys. They usually work out of an office, and use computers, phones, cameras, and video recorders to catch the bad guys. Some of their common duties include: Locating people or objects: Want to find the client who owes you money? Did someone steal something valuable from you and the police don’t have the time to find it? A private detective may be just what you need. Background checks: Do you need to hire a new employee? Are you thinking of going into business with someone and you want to see if they are trustworthy? Do you want to rent your home or property and want to know if they are a good tenant? A private investigator can answer these questions for you. Surveillance: Is someone stealing from you? You can get video evidence and even find out where they are stashing your property. Is someone suing you for personal injury? Do you have an employee filing a workman’s compensation claim and you aren’t sure they are really hurt? Have them followed and see if the extent of their true injuries. PIs can set up surveillance cameras in your home or business for security purposes too. More services from Private Investigators include: Asset Search, Find People Search, Missing Persons Skip Tracing Background Investigations Employment Background Investigations Forensics, Forensic Science Cheating Spouse, Catch a Cheating Spouse Witness Interview Research Workmen’s Compensation Claims Child Custody, Child Custody Investigation Divorce Investigation Auto / Repo Locates, Auto Locate Door Knocks Call us and let us help you with your investigative needs. The consultation is free. The peace of mind is...

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Cheating Spouse? Time to Hire a Private Investigator.

Posted by on Apr 9, 2013 in Current News | Comments Off on Cheating Spouse? Time to Hire a Private Investigator.

Cheating Spouse? It’s time to hire a trustworthy private investigator. If you think your spouse is cheating, don’t tip your hand. They might start covering their tracks. It’s time to hire a private detective with discretion and one who knows what you need for mediation or the courtroom. Divorce and child custody is an emotionally charged, life changing event. You need a proactive private detective who can make the difference between a dismal or prosperous outcome between you and your cheating spouse. Contrary to their TV counterparts, Private investigators blend in with their surroundings. There is even a possibility that the next time you are in your favorite restaurant, there may be an investigator within “ears-reach” of you or observing someone near by. Good private detectives always dress to fit in with the environment and use props that enable them to remain inconspicuous. They will readily adapt to a specific environment, or enlist an associate who may be better fitted for the job. Trident Protection and Investigations investigators have as much as 30 years experience in the investigative industry and are ready to help you with your surveillance needs. We are licensed in the state of Florida and provide our clients with superior, and confidential service of the highest quality. Contact TridentPI to discuss how we can best serve you. (813) 759-0334 | (813) 222–3488 Video from with advice about when to hire a private...

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Press Release – Free Consultations

Posted by on Mar 14, 2013 in Current News, Press Releases | Comments Off on Press Release – Free Consultations

Press Release: Title: Trident Protection and Investigations announces Free Consultations. Description: Trident Protection and Investigations, a Tampa, FL security firm, announces free consultations, with services that include Private Investigators, Protective Services, Bodyguard Services, and Event Security. Tampa, FL  March 4, 2013 Trident Protection and Investigations is a Tampa, FL security firm with services that include Private Investigators, Protective Services, Bodyguard Services, and Event Security. “All of our clients begin with a free consultation,” Bill Brown said, announcing the free consultations, as owner of Trident Protection Investigations. Free consultations help people assess their security needs, while also consulting with an expert. Protective and Investigation services provided by Trident include: bodyguards, executive protection, elite security, asset search, background investigations, forensic science services, video surveillance, cheating spouse investigation, event security guards, fair security, show security, party security, hotel security, corporate security, armed security, and security patrol. For helpful tips and information, you can follow Trident PI online through any of their social media accounts, or enrolling in their newsletter. For more information, visit Trident Protection and Investigations at or call...

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Event Security | Major Event Security

Posted by on Mar 12, 2013 in Current News | Comments Off on Event Security | Major Event Security

Event Security guidelines from the Department of Justice. Major Special Events Security Guiding Principles taken from this online PDF. Trident Protection and Investigations provides event security.  The Depart of Justice has information and guidelines used for Major Event Security.  Major Special Events require detailed planning.  Below is a brief overview of the process for planning and managing Major Special Events: Pre-Event Planning: This phase should begin 12-18 months before the date of the event. The lead agency receives authorization, establishes its mission, begins collaboration with other partners to help secure the event, meets regularly with team members and partners, and develops specific security plans and contingency plans. Security Management during the Event: This phase begins just before spectators, officials, crowds, media, and others begin to assemble at the event sites. For some events (e.g., Super Bowl, NASCAR races, conventions), it may start days prior when people begin to gather for the actual event or game. It comprises comprehensive communications, monitoring, and reporting. It comprises ensuring that key operational areas are functioning properly, such as the communications command center, credentialing, access control posts, and more. It also comprises checking on the readiness of field and support areas such as mobile field forces to deal with crowd control, intelligence support, arrest processing, EMS/medical support, and more. Post-Event Activities: This phase, which begins at the conclusion of the event, includes a comprehensive review of the successes and areas needing improvement concerning event security. It also involves accounting for all equipment and other resources used, including paying bills for the security. A detailed breakdown of these phases is found starting on page 7 of the PDF by the DOJ. Contact Us with your questions or to schedule your Event...

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Private Investigator Slang

Posted by on Mar 12, 2013 in Current News | Comments Off on Private Investigator Slang

Private Investigator Vocabulary Private detectives have their own slang or language and it includes terms like getting burned, the look, being dry cleaned, dropping them in the grease, and toasted.  This blog gives us an insight into their surveillance adventures. Found in an article in NewsOK by Nolan Clay, we learn about these phrases from James B. Pate. • Getting burned: When a claimant under surveillance figures out he is being watched. • The look: The distinctive way a claimant stares at an investigator after spotting the surveillance. This is proof the investigator has been burned. • Being dry cleaned: How a suspicious claimant drives to try to determine if he is being followed. The claimant, for instance, may make several right turns. An investigator who is being dry cleaned should break off the surveillance and come back another time. • Dropping them in the grease: To provide damaging information to an investigator about a claimant. Sometimes, this is done unwittingly by a claimant’s neighbor. • Toasted: When an investigator catches a claimant in activities the claimant shouldn’t be able to do because of...

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Private Investigators – Workmans Comp Fraud

Posted by on Mar 11, 2013 in Current News | Comments Off on Private Investigators – Workmans Comp Fraud

Private investigators get up early to catch workmans compensation fraud. Private detectives start early and stay hidden to catch workers comp cheats. How do you catch a workman’s compensation faker?  It takes an early riser and a  plain car.  Private investigators often set up surveillance by 6 a.m. weekdays outside the residence of an employee suspected of faking an injury or exaggerating how badly he’s hurt.  They watch for inconsistencies with the worker’s reported physical limitations.  Stealth and a ready video camera are imperative. Investigators have their own ways to avoid being spotted. Insurance companies hire an investigator to protect themselves. “You know a single back claim is $100,000 by the time they pay all of the medical parts of it and pay the claimant off and the disfigurement,” said Jim Kent, owner of Claim Research Services, a Tulsa-based company that has seven investigators. Read the full article...

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Merry Christmas!

Posted by on Dec 24, 2012 in Current News | Comments Off on Merry Christmas!

Hi all hope everyone had a wonderful happy and safe Christmas, I think we all are looking and praying for a lot better and safer time in 2013 and I pray that every one will have a safe new year. Just a couple of things that I would like to say, First I would like to express my sorrow and best wishes to all of the families that have lost loved one’s in 2012, it’s so sad that we live in such troubled times , I can not posibly feel the grief and heart ache that you feel my heart and love goes out to all the families that have endured losses in schools , wars all over the world , shopping malls ,the loss of security officers and law enforcement officers, military men and women, and fire fighters that we have lost in this past year and before. Lets think of ways in 2013 to make our family and friends more safe. On behalf of all security companies , security officers , law enforcement officers, fire fighters and our military. WE WISH YOU ALL A VERY SAFE AND HAPPY NEW YEAR IN 2013 “GOD BLESS ALL” I KNOW THIS WILL BE VERY HARD FOR SOME WE WILL PRAY FOR YOU. OH DON’T FORGET TO “HUG” LOVED ONES AND FREIENDS A “LOT” GOD BLESS YOU ALL Bill Brown (President) Trident Protection &...

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Trident Protection & Investigations RV’s.

Posted by on Nov 6, 2012 in Current News | Comments Off on Trident Protection & Investigations RV’s.

It’s new at Trident Protection & Investigations RV’s. We at Trident P.I. have moved one more large step toward giving more to our clients for less take a quick look at our pic,s  section we have some new equipment (1) A new  36 ft. toy hauler that works  twice once for you our client we can keep a security team on site UP  TO  SIX  SECURITY  OFFICERS  and maintain security 24 hours a day with out having to charge large amounts for motel rooms or charges for traveled miles and (2) this equipment works well for Trident Protection & Investigations , We can transport and store our security patrol gulf carts. These security patrol carts are great for security patrols at large and small events , night and day time security patrols , We also have at Trident Protection & Investigations  all new commercial radio’s we can stay in constant contact with law enforcement on site and you our client our your rep. We at Trident Protection & Investigations are always trying to improve our security services and pass on savings to you our client , Please give us your feed back and let Trident Protection & Investigations know  how we can better serve you in protecting ” You” or your ” Property “, and ,your “Assets”     YOUR  SECURITY  IS OUR  JOB   Contact TridentPI Bill Brown: President  Plant City Fl. (813) 759-0334   (813)   222 – 3488 Stacy M: Lead Investigator  Brandon Fl. (813) 477-3747 Bill S: Lead Supervisor (Security) Hernando Co. Fl. (352)...

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Security Officers Shot

Posted by on Oct 28, 2012 in Current News | Comments Off on Security Officers Shot

Hi all , Well its happened again twice two more security officers shot down in cold blood one security officer at 48 years and one security officer at 26 when will this madness end , It won’t not as long as things keep moving along like it has been. Let me say this folks we need to find a way to stop sending our security officers out alone with out a backup, we the security industry need to start making changes it has to start with us the security company owners. I know that times are tough but how much is our security officers lives worth as fare as I am concerned you can’t put a number on it we all need to work towards change  as the dangers change around us. Look all my friends in the security world I think that before we send our  male and female security officers into harms way we need to take a real hard look at the area in witch our security officers will be posted and if we determine that the risk is to high for one officer then we as owners need to set with the management team of the properties and show them the high risk areas and also show them where and why we need a backup security officer, Remember just because they call properties a gated community dose not mean that its a safe community and we all know that. Well some may say that we have law enforcement for back up well that’s true but remember there in it up to there neck as well they can only come to our ad when e can, Knowing that e work vary hard to get to our security officers as soon as they can we know it all takes time and some times time is not on our side that’s why we need a back up security officer on each high risk property some one to watch our back , I know that means more cost to our client but I say again how much is our security officers lives worth I don’t think we can put a dollar amount on life. Well that’s all I have to say on the subject of the safety of our security officers we will catch up on this subject again soon and please give me your take on the subject. “GOD BLESS ALL WATCH YOUR ‘6’ AND STAY SAFE”. And hay all “Lets get out and vote” we all need to do our part.   Contact TridentPI Bill Brown: President  Plant City Fl. (813) 759-0334   (813)   222 – 3488 Stacy M: Lead Investigator  Brandon Fl. (813) 477-3747 Bill S: Lead Supervisor (Security) Hernando Co. Fl. (352)...

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