So you need a Private Investigator and you are thinking of just doing it yourself! Take a look just a few of the reasons why you SHOULD NOT become a DIY private investigator!
Anonymity – The subject does not know the private investigator. The private investigator is anonymous to the subject.
When you try to follow someone on your own that you know, it is almost certain that they will recognize you,your car, or that your cover will be blown. Not only will this be embarrassing for you but it will also jeopardize your ability to catch them. Once someone knows you are suspicious they will change their behavior and be more cautious which will make it more difficult to catch them. Are you ready to be caught? Are you ready to face the consequences of your actions? When you hire a PI the subject 1)doesn’t know 2) certainly we don’t tell them who hired us!
Money!! $$$ Surveillance takes time.. a lot of it sometimes!
When you think about the cost factor of your time, how much is your time worth? Surveillance can be boring, very boring! I have sat on surveillance for literally hours watching a door to see if anyone came in or out! It is sometimes boring and very time consuming. Most of my clients work (and yes being a stay at home parent counts as work). In addition to your time, there is the need to then take off work or miss other important activities. How much is your time worth? And that is before we then go back into the other reason’s that conducting your own investigation is not a good idea. Think again: training, laws, awareness, etc.
Legal issues- Private investigators can legally conduct surveillance.
This one is huge! Legal issues people, legal issues! As a licensed PI we are trained and follow strict rules and statutes. If ever a point and time comes that you need to produce the evidence in court, a licensed PI will be able to effectively and without conflict of interest present evidence found in court proceedings. A party that is directly involved will have a conflict of interest and may encounter obstacles to presenting evidence.
Legal/Law— there are very important laws and requirements that must be followed
Private Investigators (competent good ones) know the law! They know what is allowable and legal and what is not. Remember this is there job! For example, a potential client often inquires about why they can’t just put their own GPS on a car. Florida has very strict laws on the use of GPS tracker! If your situation doesn’t fall within the allowable uses for GPS trackers, a private investigator can assist you in developing another strategy to gain the evidence and facts you are looking for. If you father evidence illegally it will not be admissible in court AND could also cause you serious legal issues!
Private Investigators are the pros!
Being a GOOD private investigator is harder than many think. It is not as simple as driving and taking photos. Think about how many times a friend has said to follow them and you get stuck at a light or behind a car and lose them. Now imagine you are trying to follow someone who doesn’t know you are following them and certainly doesn’t want to be followed. Private Investigator’s are trained to constantly be aware of a subject’s every move and anticipate actions and behaviors. It is sometimes necessary to also change investigators, vehicles, or attire during a case. In addition, it is OUR JOB! As private investigator’s we eat, sleep, and breathe the world of private investigations. Meaning, we are continually learning the latest and greatest tricks and tips. It is what we do, we investigate. Think of it as you need your hair done, CAN you cut your own hair? Sure you can, but should you? Will the results be as desirable if you cut your hair yourself versus getting it done by a skilled professional? So can you do your own investigations? Sure, it is possible but that doesn’t mean you should!
Are you prepared to get caught? Are you breaking the law? Is what you are doing legal? Save yourself the stress and headache, CALL THE PROFESSIONALS! 🙂
On Demand Investigations, P.A.