As a private investigator, calling the client after you’re burned on surveillance is almost the worst thing, but knowing secretly, in your heart that it’s because you made a mistake is even more gut wrenching!
This week’ private investigator training video approaches this very serious problem with a bit of humor just to take the edge off. But the reality is, if you’ve ever had to make that call to a client, then you know how rough it is.
Usually, your client will not understand.
Maybe if you’re working for a law firm (maybe). And maybe if you’re working on a workers compensation fraud case because “getting burned” happens more for that client simply because they’re assigning a lot more cases.
But a client “off the street”? A woman who want’s her cheating husband followed? She will 100% NOT understand. She won’t. Period. (Neither will a husband who want’s his cheating wife followed.)
Learn good surveillance techniques now, before you need them, and save yourself that terrible call.
As a professional private investigator knowing how to do surveillance well means you have another billable service, but if you’re working as a P.I. you need to understand my warning that your cell phone can be subpoena by opposing counsel if you use it to record surveillance video!
When clients come to you as a Private Investigator they have expectations and many times those expectations are based solely on what they’ve seen on TV. shows like CSI (Crime Scene Investigation) and their super cool, cyber specialist who can instantly find all sorts of information from ATM’s, traffic cameras, cell towers and more. But…
As professional investigators in the real world, we know it ain’t like that.
Sure, all that information is out there. It may only be available to law enforcement when they have a subpoena, but it’s out there.
For those of us working in the private sector, our resources are much more limited, but we have one advantage they don’t. We take the time to dig DEEPLY into information they can’t get sitting at a computer!
For example, CSI would have you believe all court documents like restraining orders and search warrant applications are scanned by the court and available online. They are not. They. Are. Not.
However, they are (usually) public record! That means, if you go down to the courthouse you can look through the file!
Of course a lot of times you can make a written request for, say jail records and many times the Sheriff’s Office will mail or email the records to you. But, you can clearly see, it ain’t like on CSI!
If you’d like to solve more cases, find more skips and make more money because you can find out what your client want’s to know then take a look at my Public Records Mini-Course.
Let me know if you have any questions.
Now go out there and be one of the Top 10% Private Investigators!