2 Street Smart Tips from an experienced Private Investigator.

If you’ve trained in Law Enforcement or the military you probably remember this key pieces of advise…

Keep your strong hand free.

You may have been taught to “Keep your gun hand free”, but even if you’re unarmed, keeping your dominate hand free to strike or block will help keep you safe.

And if you’re worried about what someone will think of you if you don’t answer the door or if you roll up your window near the homeless guy panhandling at the end of the off ramp, then remember this rule…

“My safety first. Your feelings second.”

Your safety comes before worrying about hurting the feelings of the three young guys walking toward you on the sidewalk. Cross to the other side of the street and don’t worry about what they think of you!

LEGOs, Satellites and Private Investigator Training, Tips and Tricks Revealed.

Legos, satellites and outer space and your work as a private investigator – what do these things have in common?

I was recently reading Fortune Magazine, a journalist Jeff Colvin who was writing about companies that are making money in the tech industry without inventing any new technology.

One of the companies he cites is Planet Labs. Planet Labs is sending up satellites into outer space. Currently, they’ve got 28 up and running. They plan to put up 131 satellites. Their plan is to photograph the earth every day. This has not been done in the past, certainly not commercially. There are different markets for this. Things like ecology or flood damage, massive rescue operations, all sorts of types events and industries are apparently going to need these photos.

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How much time to expect the bad guys to do in jail or prison when you catch them doing a crime.

You’re working a case… maybe it’s a theft case, maybe it’s worker’s compensation fraud… and you’ve collected the evidence. You’ve got a good solid case. Maybe there’s going to be a prosecution and probably a conviction – how much time do you expect a bad guy to do off of this?

Well, the short answer is none or very little. And this should not be a terrible concern for you and I’m going to explain why.

First, I want to explain two different aspects of crime prevention and keeping people from committing crimes and that’s the severity of a punishment and the certainty of punishment.

The severity of punishment means society / politicians decide if they make the punishment very severe that should deter the crime. The logic is… if the bad guys know they’re going to have to do 7 to 10 years in prison, then they are going to think twice before they do this crime.

The other side of the prevention theory is the certainty of being caught, the certainty of a conviction. So if the bad guys say, “Well, yes, 7-10 years in prison. But they’re never going to catch me.” Then, they’re going to go ahead and commit the crime.

What you have some control over is the certainty of them being caught. The bad guys are doing their crimes—the worker compensation’s fraud, thefts, whatever – and thinking that they’re going to get away with it. And while we and I can’t affect the severity of punishment, we certainly can affect the certainty of it. We can make sure that they get caught.

Our job is to collect evidence. And if the evidence comes together and it makes for a nice case, maybe you get a nice little conviction out of it. But I’m a believer that the certainty of being caught is a stronger deterrent than the severity of the punishment.

But don’t expect criminal to do a lot of time.

Think about it in your own life. You’re driving down the express way, going a little over the speed limit. Down the road you see a cop working a laser or radar doing traffic enforcement, speed enforcement. You slowed down. You backed off the accelerator. Not because of the severity of the punishment just increased. It’s no more costly to be speeding now than it was a mile ago. It’s the certainly of being caught has increased. The police officer is right there doing traffic enforcement. You can affect the certainty of a person being caught. When you’re brought onto a case and you start to work it, you can put together a case that’s strong for your client. But don’t expect the person to do a lot of time.

Here’s the interesting thing. You work the case. The person is charged with the crime and they ignored the summons. They just don’t show up. What happens? They get a warrant issued for their arrest. To me this is the best outcome for working a case like this because it means that person is walking around with an active warrant for his / her arrest.

When (and it’s only a matter of time) inevitably the police stop them for something and find that active warrant… you’ve just given the police another tool they can use to protect the general public.

Now the police can search the car. They have the discretion whether or not to arrest the person. This can be very, very valuable. I would much rather have the person running around with a warrant out for their arrest because that helps them keep in line or helps bust them on a bigger case. If they show up for the case you built for them… they simply cop a plea bargain, get a suspended jail sentence, pay a fine and go their way.

I love it when the person has the warrant out for them because it helps the entire community. It’s like having an invisible leash on this criminal. You need to know, when you’re working a case, that it’s a completely appropriate outcome if they skip out on your case. This is okay because, when they’ve got a warrant out for their arrest, you’ve done a good thing for everybody – the whole community… even if they don’t do a single day in jail.

Leave a comment and let me know if you worked a case where a person has done a long sentence or maybe one where they’ve gotten off easy and let me know how you felt about it.

4 Handcuff tips from someone who’s been there and done that.

Handcuff rules for First Defenders

Four tips if you carry handcuffs.

1. Handcuffs are a temporary restraint.

Everyday someone escapes from handcuffs and it can have disastrous results.

2. It’s very difficult to handcuff a person who’s resisting.

Be prepared for whatever technique(s) you know to fail.

3. Carry a spare key.

4. Carry two pairs of handcuffs.

Commonly you will find yourself having to cuff a large / fat person and they simply cannot reach their hands far enough around their back to get cuffed. It that case, link two pairs of handcuffs together so they reach the subject’s wrist. (P.S. – My view is everyone gets cuffed behind their back – not in front.)

Even more commonly, I have found myself having to cuff more than one person at a time. When making an apprehension / arrest, don’t get caught with two detainees and only one pair of cuffs.

Avoid surveillance on a vacant apartment Private Investigator tip revealed.

When you find yourself doing surveillance on an apartment, you want to make sure it’s actually occupied before you waste a ton of time staking out a vacant unit!

If you can get access to the electric meter for the apartment, check to make sure electricity is being used in there. If you see zero activity on the meter, then you have to consider that the apartment is unoccupied.

Check to make sure you have a truly good address before proceeding.

Have a great rest of you day!