So you are think of hiring a private investigator? You have made up your mind and now what to get the truth. However do you know who you really hired?
For over 25 years I have heard hundreds if not thousands of clients that tell us about some private investigator who either mishandled the case or compromised an investigation because of lack of experience or because they hired an investigator that was not licensed or had an office and they ripped off the client.
If you really want different results this time around, then do your due diligence and make sure to hire the right private investigator this time most private detectives may have the right experience and licensing requirements, but not all of them have the right team or employees to work your case properly.
The reason I writing this blog was because I feel have a moral duty to the public. A duty to protect the public from unlicensed and corrupted individuals and detective agencies.
It is a very good idea to read the companies web-site completely and verify their license.In the State of California every investigative agency is required to have a license to operate. Go to bsis.ca.gov and type in the name and you should see the status of the license. Also, the owner of the company should also be licensed and it is important that you search that as well.
One very important thing that came to light is, on the internet there are some detective agencies that advertise online ,that are not the actual private investigators, that will work your case. What do I mean? I will tell you.
The state of California requires any investigation company providing investigative services in California to be licensed. However, unknown to you an advertiser may state they provide coverage nationwide. That sounds good, the only thing is that they are not licensed in the state.
They hire a subcontractor at half the cost you probably paid and that is who is performing your surveillance,investigation, or whatever investigative case you may have paid for. The sub-contractor may be licensed but do you know him? Have you talked with him? No, he is a silent party that may have not been your choice if you met them directly. I recommend that if you want to hire an private investigator find out if the company is licensed in California and if they are going to do the investigation. If you pay for the brand you should get the right brand not the generic one.
I suggest you look to see if any of the owners or case managers are California Certified Investigators ,a designation given by the California association of licensed investigators. Do the principles have academic degrees or other designations such as CFE (Certified Fraud Examiner). These are the things that set apart mediocre investigators from professional investigators.
The main point of this article is for you to be wise as you have suffered enough. Why do business with an amateur or an agency that will trick you?
Do the necessary searches and ensure they are licensed, insured, and have the right education and experience.
Remember, you pay for what you get. You may pay $10 to $20 less an hour and that may be the difference between gaining success or another setback, in other words” failure”.
Hiring a Private investigator might not be something you do often , but it is imperative to recognize the situations when you should give it rel thought. To the contrary of what TV shows and detective stories would like you to believe, Private investigators can do a lot more for you than look for murderers, blackmailers or jewel thieves.
For instance, private investigators have access to proprietary databases you might either not know how to use efficiently or simply cannot locate on your own. In fact, they can also be very helpful in both your private and business affairs.