Private Investigations

When to Investigate AND When Not to Investigate

I am a firm believer in the phrase, “Life Happens”, referencing situations and events that you can and cannot control.  When decisions are made by others that personally affect you, you have two choices:  “Let it Go!” Or take “Action” How do you decide which path to take. I get that question all the time from prospective Clients. They want to know what they can do or if they should do anything. I am far from having the qualifications to provide professional legal or mental advice, but I am certain from years of being a professional investigator qualifies me to provide recommendations and share like case findings and results.

To sit back and do nothing may be the most logical option, but if it causes [...]

  • The What, Why and How of Using A Private Investigator for Your Surveillance Needs
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    The What, Why and How of Using A Private Investigator for Your Surveillance Needs

The What, Why and How of Using A Private Investigator for Your Surveillance Needs

One of the best compliments a Client can give us is to use our services on other investigative needs and/or recommend us.  Repeat Clients know how we conduct our investigations, they are confident that we will obtain the results needed for their case. They also understand there are situations when the Subject of the investigation is not active, does not follow any kind of pattern or does not show up for scheduled appointments, which in return does not produce the expected results. For cases where there is no activity observed, we make sure to contact the Client and recommend terminating the surveillance for that particular day and reschedule so that the agreed upon hours and budget are not used during an inactive surveillance period.

Clients [...]

I Need a PI, What Do I Need to Know Before I Hire One?

Not everyone needs a Private Investigator, but when you do require their services, what is the procedure in retaining one? What questions do you need to ask to find a PI that understands your circumstance, gets results that are verified and conducts the investigation discreetly?

The First Step is finding an Investigation Company that listens to you, a good PI will take notes of your conversation, give you recommendations, costs, turn-around time or if your case is possible. They will create an agreement for you to sign outlining the investigation to be accomplished, you may be required to pay a retainer up front. You will want to give them a budget and they should stay within that and obtain your authorization prior to exceeding it. [...]

  • Locating Heirs, Beneficiaries, Witnesses, Family and Friends
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    Locating Heirs, Beneficiaries, Witnesses, Family and Friends

Locating Heirs, Beneficiaries, Witnesses, Family and Friends

How difficult is it to locate an individual?  Sometimes just googling their name can produce results if that person is active on social sites, is well known, has been in the news or is deceased. If the individual is private, has gotten married and/or changed their name or has a very common name it becomes more difficult. All in Investigations, Inc, dba International Investigators is called upon frequently to locate an heir, a beneficiary, a witness, family member or a friend with whom contact was lost.

There is a method in locating someone. It begins with good databases that allow an Investigator access to information that is not public or truncated for privacy. Locating starts with a name, a possible previous address, a year of [...]

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    Signs an Employee May Need to Find Another Place to Spend 8 Hours a Day

Signs an Employee May Need to Find Another Place to Spend 8 Hours a Day

Signs an Employee May Need to Find Another Place to Spend 8 Hours a Day

They arrive late for work
They do not take pride in their appearance and show up for work looking like they just rolled out of bed
They constantly complain about not having money and are always borrowing money
They take too many breaks
Their personal life takes precedent over coming to work
They always look busy but get nothing completed
They make excuses for their lack of productivity
Their absenteeism becomes a pattern
Their cellphone is more important than the office phone or their work
Easily distracted

 

Reasons Employers Keep Unproductive Employees

Cost and time of training a replacement
Possible cost of certifications and education
Personal relationship
Small business owners [...]

Is My Employee Being Honest?

Recently, I have been focusing on reasons to hire a Private Investigative Company to assist in finding the truth or finding information that would prove or disprove an allegation or an action. It’s difficult to ascertain if someone is being truthful or dishonest in their words or actions. They say actions speak louder than words. In the investigative world, if those actions lean towards dishonesty it is our job to obtain documentation (evidence) they exist. In this blog, my focus is the dishonesty of employees and the investigations we conducted that presented the truth.

Abusing FMLA, feigning injury and theft are reasons a company will call upon our services. We are hired to validate their claims. An employee can deny an allegation, but they cannot [...]

I Need to Hire a PI! What Can They Do for Me?

When I receive an inquiry, I know the person on the other end may have a lot of questions and most have never had to hire a Private Investigator. Therefore, I am prepared to provide them with the most educated and verified answers possible, and if for some reason I cannot answer a question, I then conduct research or contact one of my sources who can assist me. Life situations and circumstances are difficult enough and giving false information does not help the Client. I am asked if their situation is common or uncommon, asked how I would proceed, what will I do, how long will it take and if it is possible or not. I am upfront, honest and ethical and would never [...]

Do I Need to Hire a Private Investigator?

Life Happens…sometimes we oversee our path and other times we are influenced by choices made by others. When situations arise out of our control and cannot be handled from within, we reach out for help. International Investigators can be that source to help with life-changing matters.

10 Reasons You May NOT Need to Hire a Private Investigator

You are not Married or involved in a relationship
You are not being harassed or stalked
You have not engaged in a workplace relationship
You do not own a cell phone, computer or drive a car
You are not adopted and if you are you do not care to know your biological parents
You do not have any children, or you have not put a child up for [...]

What About Bob?

We live in a crazy world and these are wild times. Listen to the news. I may view things a bit differently than you, but at least twice a newscast, I think “they should have checked out their employees a bit more carefully.” Sure, nowadays, every company has their employees sign an authorization form for a background check, but is the information you are buying legitimate?  Is it verified?  Is it TRUE?  Information is everywhere, and we all have access to it.  I’m baffled by the amount of MISINFORMATION that is sold by the megabyte.

Let’s make an example out of Bob. Bob’s looking for a job.  His resume is to your liking, the education, the work history, the overseas humanitarian efforts, even his charitable [...]

It Felt Right until it Didn’t

When our Client engaged our services, he gave us some background on his son. Both he and his wife were very proud of their son’s choice of friends and extracurricular activities. Some might say he had a good head on his shoulders.

After graduating from college, he enrolled in a trade school. Just a few months after classes started, he brought home a date for a family dinner. His date appeared to be friendly, but something about her didn’t sit well with either of his parents.

Later in the month during a father/son outing, his son made an odd remark about his new girlfriend, she had a car, but didn’t drive, she talked about her friends, but he had yet to meet the man she always [...]