How do you choose a private investigation agency?


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Choosing a good private investigation agency requires checking to ensure the agency has a valid license to operate in certain states, making sure the agency has an office location and is properly insured. The client should ask the investigation agency questions about how it conducts its investigations. Probing questions about tailing subjects, capturing activity on surveillance video and reporting reveal clues about competency. Seek agencies that use investigators with eight or more years of field experience.

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How do you choose a private investigation agency?
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Asking for referrals is one method of finding quality private investigation agencies. Agencies must provide proof of licensing for any investigator it has working in a particular state, and licensing is mandatory in all but a few states. Avoid hiring any detective that cannot offer proof of working out of a physical office location. Otherwise, the detective may prove difficult to track down. An agency should have at least $1 million worth of insurance coverage to protect its clients from losses that occur while the agency works on cases.

Don't assume agencies that use law enforcement professionals as investigators are superior to those that don't use professionals with law enforcement experience. Avoid private investigation agencies that tack on extra charges for activities such as losing subjects while driving in heavy traffic.

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