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...

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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.

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 Lawyers.com with advice about when to hire a private...

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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 http://TridentPI.com or call...

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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

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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