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Things to consider when hiring a private investigator…

Are you trying to decide if you need to hire a private investigator?

Do you require some type of information that might be difficult to obtain?  This could be the location of a specific individual, the day to day activities of a spouse or significant other, the criminal history of a potential employee, or any other information you might not be able to discover on your own.  A licensed private investigator can help you obtain this information and the cost can be minor when weighed against the alternatives.

If you have decided you need to hire a PI, you need to determine if the location of the investigator is a primary concern.  Many services offered by private investigators, such as surveillance, infidelity investigations, and fraud investigations, typically need to be performed on location.  If this is the case, you need to contact a licensed private investigator who offers services in the same city as the individual you want investigated.  If you are looking for assistance in locating an individual, conducting a background check, or assessing a catfishing situation, you can normally utilize the services of any licensed investigator as physical location is not key.

To locate contact information for a PI, you can search on Yelp, Google, or any other search engine.  You can also locate a private investigator by using the search feature on Facebook.  Once you locate a firm or individual, you want to make sure the firm/person is licensed with the proper authorities.  In Texas, the Texas Department of Public Safety is the governing body that regulates the industry.  You can search to verify a Texas license here: Texas DPS.

Once you determine an individual or business is properly licensed, you should do your due diligence before contacting them.  Read reviews on Facebook, Yelp, etc.  Review their website and/or Facebook page.  A good private investigator has excellent attention to detail, so a website full of spelling errors is not a good sign.  The quality of their marketing materials can typically be closely tied to the quality of their work.

Contact them in the manner in which you feel most comfortable.  Any reputable firm should be available to discuss your situation via phone or email and should return any and all calls/emails promptly.  The consultation is typically free and the investigator should be able to discuss your options and offer you a written estimate (in most states this is required by law).

While the private investigations industry has a reputation that is often times shaded by what people see on television, the truth is that PI’s are professionals just like any other profession and are eager to work on your behalf to produce the results you need.

If you would like to speak with a private investigator, please don’t hesitate to contact us here at MSL Investigations.  The consultation is always free and we’ll be happy to discuss your case and options.