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Private Investigator or Detective Agency
Two Important Questions to consider when hiring a Private Investigation Agency
Why Choose TRVST?
There are thousands of "so called" investigators available for hire. Some are licensed, insured, professional discreet, meticulous, trustworthy and ethical unfortunately many are not. Utilizing only the best professionals insures you the client get the best results...
Why not just do the Investigation myself?
Even when you are clever and resourceful, attempts at amateur investigations nearly always end in disaster. When lacking the necessary training and essential equipment, positive results will be very difficult to achieve. In the long run, performing your own investigation may prove to be a costly mistake.
Is there a difference between a Private Investigator and a Private Detective?
In Florida, the statute governing private investigators is chapter 493. Like in Florida, many states, allow the words ‘private investigator’ and ‘private detective’ to be interchangeable, but in some states there actually is a difference in their accepted meaning. For example, in New Jersey those who want to become a private investigator must adhere to the licensing laws as detailed in the Private Detective Act of 1939. The person who has the prerequisite investigative experience is called the ‘qualifier’ and when the New Jersey State Police Private Detective Unit issues the license, the qualifier is actually classified as a Licensed Private Detective. The owner of a licensed detective agency may hire employees, who when properly registered with the state licensing authority, the investigative employees are classified as a Private Investigator.
Historically, the profession of non-law enforcement investigations started back with Pinkerton in the late 1800’s. At that time the term “private detective” was the formal name and the outfit they worked for was called a “detective agency.” There were many movies and books that began using the “private-eye” moniker more and more. It was television starting in the 1974 with James Garner in the Rockford Files that really brought the investigative profession into the limelight. The show also had a major influence on most people using the private investigator title. The P.I. title became famous with the Magnum, P.I. television show featuring Tom Selleck.
Starting around 1960, many states did not want the public to confuse a private detective with that of a police detective. There has been a trend amongst many state licensing authorities and state investigative associations to use the title ‘private investigator’ as compared to ‘private detective’. In fact, many have actually taken legal steps to stop using the “detective” title.
What types of cases do Private Investigators work on?
Private investigators perform an extremely wide range of investigative services. While many people automatically think that a PI only goes around cheating spouses, matrimonial infidelity investigations represent a very small segment of what private investigators actually do.
On a daily basis we handle the following: Surveillance, Cheating Spouse investigations, computer forensics investigations, car accident investigation, motorcycle accident investigation, workers’ compensation accident investigations, search engine optimization investigations, slip and fall investigations, trip and fall investigations, accident reconstruction, trial presentations, litigation and pre-litigation support for both plaintiff and defense work. These are just a few of the types of private investigations we handle on a daily basis.
The following is a brief list of the many categories that PI’s specialize in or areas they may conduct investigations:
Do Private Investigators have access to government records?
Having a private investigator’s license does allow you access to several proprietary databases that are not available to the general public. These include data aggregators such as:
What type of equipment do Private Investigators use?
A successful private investigator will own several investigative tools. These tools are based on the type of work or cases you will be working on. Probably the most important investigative tool is a surveillance friendly vehicle. The most common is a mini-van, however, the best vehicle is one that blends best for the area you are working in. You also need to own a digital video camcorder, a covert body worn video camera, a miniature digital video recorder, and a covert digital audio recorder. We have found that the best source for hidden cameras, spy gadgets and specialty private investigative equipment.
Here is a list of the most commonly used tools and equipment used by private investigators:
Florida private investigator / detective disclaimer:
The information contained on this website is for general information purposes only. Nothing on this or any of our associated pages, documents, blog, e-mails, or written communication should be taken as legal advice for any individual case or situation.