What Kind of Experience do Private Investigators Need?
Investigators have unique skills and experience gained from backgrounds in law enforcement, military intelligence, and related areas. These are rare but essential skills. While many cases still require extensive legwork from investigators, technology is increasingly useful in helping solve cases. A detective is dealing with industrial espionage search computer databases and other records for information. Investigating infidelity uses audio and visual surveillance to prove what’s really going on.
Good investigators possess advanced IT skills and are well-trained in the latest surveillance technology. At Ranger Guard, all investigators are trained in criminal law and advanced computer forensics.
Each case is unique. What stays the same is the broad range of abilities investigators need to close cases quickly and effectively. That’s why at Ranger Guard, we prioritize those candidates whose backgrounds and qualifications show they have the skills we look for to deliver for our clients.
What Licensing Do Private Investigators Need?
In the United States, private investigators need to be licensed by the state they work in. In addition, quality private detective agencies ensure that investigators have the relevant licenses and training to carry and operate any firearms they use.
At Ranger Guard, we carry out extensive background investigations to ensure our agents are up to date with all the relevant government certifications. Beyond qualifications, we ensure our investigators have the experience and skills they need to carry out their duties, including extra training in advanced computer techniques and other innovative methods.
One of the most important factors to consider is an agency with a proven success record, such as Ranger Guard, to ensure your investigator lives up to expectations. In most cases, these agencies hire investigators with law enforcement or military investigations experience. Additional training in forensics, computer investigations, and surveillance techniques makes the detectives at these agencies stand out.
What Does a Private Investigator Do
There are a couple of things that all private investigators have in common and that they do for every case, as well as some things private investigators never do.
Before anything else, reputable private detectives will sit down with you for an initial consultation. Depending on the situation and the client, they may suggest using other options like the police to resolve the problem. Because you place your trust in investigators to answer personal and potentially embarrassing questions, always make sure you know how the investigation will progress and that all information will always be strictly confidential.
After the consultation, it’s time to get to work.
Investigators no longer just follow suspects on foot and in a vehicle. Modern Private investigator services like Ranger Guard use sophisticated audio and video surveillance such as tracking apps. They can unlock computers, cell phones, or tablets to access information others may be attempting to hide.
Investigators with prior law enforcement and military intelligence experience can access little-known databases containing necessary information. Investigators often work undercover in an office or other environment to monitor potential suspects up close.
Make sure your agency has the capabilities to handle your investigation. Extensive corporate investigations involving employee theft or embezzlement need investigators trained in relevant techniques such as video surveillance and computer forensics. Smaller operations require a different approach. Choose an agency tailored to your scale. Knowing trained and experienced professionals are conducting your investigation will bring you peace of mind.
How Can I Find a Private Investigator Near Me?
Finding an expert private investigation company can be easy when you know what to look for. Searching online, you will pull up a long list of local private investigators who conduct corporate investigations and domestic investigations. Evaluate their terms of contract, investigative methodology, and cost of services to determine if they are a good fit for you. Use online customer reviews to ensure the company you choose is a recognized expert in the field.
Ranger Guard is one of the few private investigation experts in the major cities, conducting corporate and domestic investigations.
How Much Does a Private Investigator Cost?
Hiring a private investigator through Ranger Guard is surprisingly affordable. Rather than make private investigator costs an obstacle to clients, Ranger instead has chosen to offer our services at accessible rates.
Whether it’s a large corporation needing an investigation into employee theft or an individual seeking answers to more personal questions, Ranger investigators can find the answers clients seek at the right price.
What to Avoid With a Private Investigator
Trust is integral to investigative services. Work with an agency that puts client needs first. Confidentiality between the investigator and the client is critical. The last thing you need is the party you are investigating to find out about the investigations. This is especially true in sensitive cases like infidelity.
At the initial consultation, ask how they will conduct the investigation and communicate with you. Make sure you know how exactly the investigation will progress and that all information will be kept strictly confidential at all times. You will have to trust these people with highly sensitive information so make sure they are professionals.
You also need to make sure you’re not overpaying. Some private investigative agencies choose to use a team of investigators to help solve cases. This is rarely necessary. It can drag the case on longer than needed at the expense of the client.
We recommend contacting the Better Business Bureau and state and federal agencies in charge of regulating private investigators, before starting to work with an agency. This will reveal complaints lodged against the agency, as well as any pending legal action.
Ranger Guard uses solo investigators and always ensures the strictest confidentiality. To make sure we can trust our staff, Ranger Guard carries out strict tests and background checks before every hire. This includes drug testing, aptitude tests, and background checks to verify employment, education, and character references.
We do these tests so clients know the investigator assigned to their case is a person of high standards and ethics.
If you have a nagging feeling something is wrong inside your company or a relationship, it may be time to hire a trained investigator.
It is better to be safe than sorry, and a properly conducted investigation will give you the peace of mind you’ve been searching for. To start the process, visit our website to fill out an online contact form, or call us at 972-833-0856.