Like every other career in America, private investigation has been positively affected by technology. In fact, technology has helped International Investigators go global, literally. Our reputation and relationships with law enforcement and other investigative professionals now spans several countries. We are extremely proud of that fact. The more worldly we become, the more possible it is to meet the needs of clients with international cases.
Because International Investigators is a very well-known and well-respected firm, attorneys and judges trust out ethics when we provide evidence for the courts. And because of that very polished reputation, attorneys come to us with an immediate comfort level, knowing their clients will be well-served. They trust that we are highly confidential. We get things done.
Specialists in computer forensic investigation and on the cutting edge of mobile phone hack detection and cell phone forensics, International Investigators has led the way as computer forensic expert witnesses and in spyware removal.
Just for today, we will set aside our role as forensics consultants with data bases and a slew of investigative equipment to take you on a quick trip down memory lane. The concept of investigation was the 1833 brain child of a French soldier, Eugene Francois Vidoq. The guy deserves a lot credit for helping private investigations find a place along professionals. He introduced record-keeping, criminology and ballistics to criminal investigation. In addition, he created the first plaster casts for shoe impressions, indelible ink and unalterable bond paper.
After Vidoq's excellent introduction of the concept, community attorneys sought assistance from investigators. They were motivated by the fact that police either were not equipped for nor willing to try to pursue the truth in various legal investigations. Private investigators took on an even bigger role when they were hired to assist companies in labor disputes.
By 1850, the investigation industry expanded from France to America. The first private detective agency, Pinkerton National Detective Agency, was established by Allan Pinkerton. Still well known today for his efforts, Pinkerton was already quite famous at the time. He discovered and dissolved a plot to assassinate Abraham Lincoln before the presidential election.
Staying true to his think-outside-the-box success, Pinkerton made history when his agency was hired to track down Jesse James, Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid. Pinkerton was again in the limelight in 1965 when he hired Kate Warne, the first female investigator in America. Today, the balance of genders in the investigation industry is much more equal.
Like Pinkerton’s detectives, today’s investigators still use many of the “old school” techniques of investigation, but now, we have technology in our arsenal as well. Social media engineering is a growing segment of investigation added on top of the availability of data bases to professional investigators.
Crime, mysterious situations and questions will never go away and thanks to a long and innovative history of the investigative industry, answers and the truth can be gotten through professional investigators like International Investigators.
-T. Wilcox, CEO, International Investigators
-B. McGinley, Director of Operations, International Investigators