5 tips for when you can’t help your client as a Private Investigator.

1. Don’t take their money.

If you know you can’t help them, don’t take a “retainer” to “see what you can do”.

2. Offer a referral to a detective agency that can help them.

Maybe you don’t really do what they need, but another detective agency specializes in that area (EG. surveillance, skip tracing, infidelity cases, etc.). If that’s the case, refer them to that other agency.

3. Tell the truth.

Don’t let them hire you for a surveillance when they really need a skip trace.

4. Suggest they hire an attorney to find out what they really need, then call you back.

If the attorney needs information you can get, work for the attorney. The nice thing about this is you may pick up a law firm as a long term client!

5. Remain honorable.

Do not break the law. If you can’t help your potential client within the bounds of what’s legal, then don’t take them on as a client.

Bonus Tip… Pray for them.

Let me know if you have a question you’d like me to answer in one of my weekly videos.

What you don’t know about the Police Department’s Internal Affairs Division.

For most people the only exposure they have to the Police Department’s Internal Affairs Division is based on what they see on TV and in the movies. In fact, even the name “Internal Affairs” is the department name we think of because of Hollywood, but many police departments call this division by another name such as “Internal Investigations Division”, “Professional Standards” or “Office of Professional Responsibility”.

Here’s another thing you may not know… many police officers don’t really hate them!

Here’s why… this division of the police department investigates accusations made against police officers, but MOST accusations are false!

It’s easy for a criminal to toss out a false accusation about a police officer doing his or her job because the bad guy has nothing to lose! He thinks he can get the charges dropped or reduced in exchange for agreeing to drop the accusation.

So here’s what happens most of the time… the “Internal Affairs Division” investigates the accusation, discovers it to be unfounded and clears the officer of wrong doing. This process is no fun for the officer who’s going through it, but this division helps to clear innocent officers!

Of course if you’re a dirty cop… watch out. But in my view, if you’re dirty, you SHOULD be held accountable!

If you’d like to learn a bunch of dirty tricks cops, Private Investigators and bounty hunters use, be sure to check out my book 51 Dirty Tricks Bad Guys Really Hate.

Or you can learn more about it at 51DirtyTricks.com

Let me know if you have a question you’d like me to answer in one of my weekly videos.

Stay Safe,
Larry Kaye, P.I.

Do you have to quit your day job to be a Process Server?

In today’s video I answer a viewer’s question about starting out as a Process Server.

You do NOT have to quite your current job to serve process!

That’s one of the great things about this business. Not only do you get to practice your Private Investigator skills like skip tracing, surveillance and pretexting, but you get paid for it PLUS you can do it as a pat time job on the side!

Committed to your success as a Process Server,
Larry Kaye, P.I.

P.S. – In this video I also share one of my favorite Jim Rohn quotes about starting a business.

Is Private Investigator work dangerous?

This week I answer a viewer’s question and it’s one of the most common questions I get…

Is it dangerous being a Private Investigator?

Generally, it isn’t too dangerous.

I mean, take a surveillance for example. Even an infidelity case with a cheating wife or husband. This can be a dangerous situation for the police if the are responding to a domestic violence all, but as a Private Detective, when you are on surveillance, (if you do it right!) the subject / cheater never doesn’t even know you’re there!

Of course if the person you’re following finds you following them, well then there could be dangerous consequences to that!

On the other hand, something like process serving (even “just” civil litigation) can be a little more dangerous because the person you’re serving almost always knows you’re there. After all, most of the time you are handing them the course papers!

I do teach some methods in The Investigator’s Ultimate Guide to Process Serving that allow you to safely serve a problem person from a safe distance and in The investigator’s Ultimate Guide to Surveillance I show you all the tricks so when you are on a stake-out or mobile surveillance you can remain (essentially) invisible.

Let me know if you have a question you’d like me to answer in one of my weekly videos.

Stay Safe,
Larry Kaye, P.I.