You all remember the basic TV private investigator. They are all arrogant and have very little intelligence training. Of course, they are capable of solving even the most complex murder in 43 minutes. The key aspect of solving a TV murder was a woman, a car chase, really a million and a million pistol shots (from a 2″ barrel no less) and the legal process taking minutes. Meanwhile, our intrepid investigator private never makes money. You never pay commercial insurance. She never qualifies, let alone practices with his gun. He never takes continuing education classes, so it makes sense that he doesn’t even have a valid license. Try that in most states and you will be fined up to $10,000 and the customer will be fined the same!
Most of the requirements for the services of a Private Detective are for THE TRUTH. Are you cheating? Are you really hurt? Does he really have that background? But it all comes down to… Are they telling the truth?
The popular idea of what a true PI generates is an ex-convict (against the law) stalking someone’s spouse to outdo the paparazzi, paparazzi at its worst. In fact, the modern IP has the ability to provide a customer with more than he could get from any Police Department, time. As an FBI agent, assigned to violent crimes (bank robbery, kidnapping, kidnapping and extortion), he typically carried a caseload of about 50 open cases. On top of that, they were also asked to review cold cases (a little known gem the FBI uses, so just like the RCMP, they always get our man/woman too!). Most police departments don’t have the manpower or inclination to take the time to understand a problem. After all, the mandate of a Police Department is to INVESTIGATE a crime that has already happened. In some rare cases, they will be proactive, but the reward must be high. The bigger the city, the less time they have to solve a crime.
The other popular idea of an IP is a poorly dressed bounty hunter. Most IP companies CAN do what is called ‘skip tracking’, which means tracking someone. The ‘reward’ part only applies to the work of a bail bondsman who will lose a lot of money if the person is not found. With the high number of criminals being released from prisons in the current climate, the rate of people missing from the system increases geometrically. Most PI companies will track more missing witnesses and criminals than criminals. Fact is cheaper than high risk, as commercial insurance to work for bail bondsmen is 10 times the cost of regular IP insurance.
In the normal world we are not dealing with a murder, we are dealing with a new business partner or client. If they are at the level, the company could increase its size. It is not a small order in this market. Of course, if the customer or partner is not what he says, he could go out of business. A common result.
If a new company agrees to give you their books, what do you do now? Send them to your accountant? Really? How about having our certificate forensic accountant look at them? What will the results be? The first will tell you if the books LOOK right, the second will tell you if they ARE right. You’ve been sent spreadsheets from a company you want to buy in another state (or country). Why not let our forensic accounting expert figure it out before you do anything? Cooking the books has become a very select and rewarding art form.
Statements can come to us in many forms: depositions, confessions, journal entries. Analysis of forensic statements can take those massive documents and give you information that they can be misleading and which parts to question.
In modern IP firms, they specialize in finding answers to complex questions. But that’s not where they stop. In the new business environment, people and companies need an international reach. The days of local IP filling today’s needs are over.
A full service IP should provide you with, not only surveillance on the moke making a move at Lucy’s bar on Highway 11, but also be able to get you safely to Khartoum, Sudan and back with a package on the person you is supposed to meet and political considerations. Again they can answer the question: Will it be worth it?
The modern world is full of opportunities and pitfalls. The days of blind trust can only result in one disaster after another until your company is gone.
Both in the legal and business fields they can give you indications that the person is cheating on you.
“Totality of events” means that you should NEVER take just one aspect to determine the intent of your new company/partner/spouse. Them neither. Having been in the intelligence world for decades, I have never had a single intelligence source to guess what the enemy is doing. Once an indication is shown, they would use every other asset at our disposal to confirm or deny the guess.
There are now a host of great books on how your business can benefit from the use of ghosts. Example: CIA Inc.. by FW Rustman.
If you want a lot of car chases, sexy detectives, shootouts, and 43-minute solutions, stick with TV shows. If you want the truth, contact us!