Many assume that children will be safe with the parent who abducted them. That’s not always the case. If not physically harmed, children kidnapped by their parent can face complex psychological trauma along with missed time from school, and disconnection from family and peers. Their lives are often turned upside down.Read more ...
Surveillance technicians now have the upper hand with the Photonis Nocturn eX extreme low light digital surveillance camera. We now get the video in the near total darkness. Rather than ending the surveillance detail frustrated and disappointed; we now can have a clear, sharp, high-quality video of our subject leaving his house, walking to his neighbor’s house and back without a cane, no longer hidden in the dark…Read more ...
As Hurricane Harvey slammed into the southern states, the authors of this article participated in a commendable effort to assist those in its way. Like PIs and related professionals across the nation, these responders worked long, tiring hours donating time, effort, and equipment to others. This is their story.Read more ...
Law enforcement is excited about facial recognition, and with good reason. Faces in databasesRead more ...
dwarf the number of fingerprint files. Be it driving licenses, passports, social media pages,
online dating profiles, lists of missing persons, mugshots, or the Web, clearly identified faces
There is an important exception to the one-party consent rule regarding recording of telephone conversations. An exception that can, in effect, create a “no-party state.”Read more ...
“The need to check out the other party is as oldRead more ...
as the era when people exchanged telephone
numbers in a sports bar,” so Associate Editor
Jane Cracraft, and PI Bill Lamb, have shared
the pros and cons of dating online, and of
creating an investigation specialty designed to
assist those who want to know more details
about that new guy or gal.
“Whistleblowing is more than a passing phenomenon. When properly encouraged, itRead more ...
is a powerful investigative tool and a means to reduce crime and undesirable behavior,”
according to PI Eugene Ferraro, founder and former chief executive and ethics
officer of Denver-based Convercent, Inc., a global whistleblower hotline service, who
shares his expertise in our cover article.
Funeral directors around the nation are getting used to the idea that the next of kin may request DNARead more ...
testing. The National Funeral Directors Association even has an authorization form available on its website
to be signed by the spouse or next-of-kin concerning the collection of DNA samples. In fact, many
are adding it to their portfolio of services to offer the bereaved. Drew Robb offers valuable tips for PIs
interested in pursuing this investigative specialty.
More than 80 percent of all private investigative agencies are individually owned and operated.Read more ...
However, there is an increasing amount of PI agencies that involve a spouse or other family
member working full time. We feature many examples in this issue of PI Magazine.
“In the investigative field, surveillance is used mostly as a tool for developing factual evidence to prove or disproveRead more ...
circumstance. However, surveillance also can provide information that is critical to the decision-making processes for
a much broader spectrum of investigations than most private detectives recognize.”