The Everything Private Investigation Book

  • Filename: the-everything-private-investigation-book.
  • ISBN: 9781440524424
  • Release Date: 2008-07-01
  • Number of pages: 304
  • Author: Sheila L Stephens
  • Publisher: Simon and Schuster



Observe someone without being observed. Dig up long-buried dirt. Catch a cheating spouse. The Everything Private Investigation Book shows you the basic research techniques and tricks the pros use. You'll learn how to get background information using a wide range of sources, including newspapers, court records, military files, and even the DMV. Written by experienced investigators, this guide helps you to: Use the Internet to get information on anyone and anything Conduct background checks for prospective employees or tenants Uncover hidden identities and assets Manage a physical or electronic surveillance Protect privacy and avoid identity theft Whether you're a journalist, an amateur genealogist, a business owner, a landlord, or just curious, you'll find essential information in this guide. In addition to being a valuable resource, The Everything Private Investigation Book is also a fascinating read. Even "armchair detectives" will enjoy reading about famous real-life and fictional PIs and the little-known secrets professionals use to crack the case. Sheila L. Stephens was the first female Alcohol, Tobacco & Firearms (ATF) special agent in the state of Alabama and one of the first in the nation. She recently graduated from Boston University with a master's degree in criminal justice. After leaving the ATF due to injury, Ms. Stephens opened a private investigation/security business. She is a criminal justice professor at Andrew Jackson University and a contributing writer and associate editor of The Agent, the newsletter of the National Association of Federal Agents (NAFA). Ms. Stephens lives in Bessemer, AL.

The Complete Idiot s Guide to Private Investigating Third Edition

  • Filename: the-complete-idiot-s-guide-to-private-investigating-third-edition.
  • ISBN: 9781615643318
  • Release Date: 2013-03-05
  • Number of pages: 352
  • Author: Steven Kerry Brown
  • Publisher: Penguin



The mystique of private investigating draws significant numbers of people to consider it as a career or side business. At the same time, individuals want to learn investigative techniques to solve their own personal and legal problems. In The Complete Idiot's Guide® to Private Investigating, Third Edition, private investigator and former FBI agent Steven Kerry Brown shares his hard-won expertise on everything you need to know to track down people and information, including: - Tapping phones and recording conversations - Interviewing and interrogating to get important information - Tricky but legal ways to get needed evidence like the pros - Performing onsite, online, and mobile surveillance without being detected - Skip tracing to find lost loves or people who owe money - Investigating backgrounds of potential employees or spouses - Searching public records online and at the courthouse - Catching a cheating spouse and gathering evidence for divorce cases - Finding runaway teenagers - Doing diligent searches connected with adoptions and estates - Tracking down burglars, thieves, pickpockets, and purse snatchers - Advanced techniques and business advice for those interested in starting their own investigative or background screening agency Along the way, Brown shares fascinating stories from his cases that highlight his clever methods for tracking down evidence and helping his clients find out what they need to know.

Private Investigation 101

  • Filename: private-investigation-101.
  • ISBN: 9781452492834
  • Release Date: 2011-03-14
  • Number of pages:
  • Author: Norma Tillman
  • Publisher: Grave Distractions Pub. (pub-8395162334927303)



Nashville based private investigator Norma Tillman specializes in finding and reuniting families & friends, and locating missing heirs. In Private Eye 101, she has written a guide for becoming a private investigator. This book is intended for the novice who wants to become a private investigator as well as for former law enforcement, former military intelligence, security personnel, paralegals, legal professionals, or other individuals. Learn how to obtain a license, how to set up a private investigation agency, how to market your services, how to find information, types of investigative cases, contracts and report writing, and much more.

The Private Investigator Handbook

  • Filename: the-private-investigator-handbook.
  • ISBN: 9781440625237
  • Release Date: 2005-09-06
  • Number of pages: 288
  • Author: Chuck Chambers
  • Publisher: Penguin



Chuck Chambers has seen it all in his 22 years as a P.I., working thousands of cases. His hands-on experience and hard-nosed detective work has made him one of the most sought-after private investigators in the business. Here, Chambers shares his insider expertise, with true case histories from his files, tricks of the trade, and step-by-step advice to help readers be able to: - Catch a cheating spouse - Uncover hidden assets, monetary malfeasance, and fraud - Tail and track a mark - Use the Internet to get information on anything and anyone - Protect one's privacy - Prepare an intelligence file on anyone-on and off line - Find and preserve legal evidence *The Private Investigator's Handbook is as fascinating to read as it is useful for anyone looking to get the undercover legal help they need, and the peace of mind they deserve.

Introduction to Private Investigation

  • Filename: introduction-to-private-investigation.
  • ISBN: 9780398075613
  • Release Date: 2005
  • Number of pages: 285
  • Author: Joseph Anthony Travers
  • Publisher: Charles C Thomas Publisher



Introduction to Private Investigation is designed to provide the essential knowledge and procedures needed to operate successfully as a private investigator. It is both an instructional textbook for those individuals desiring a career as a private investigator, and a resource manual that can be an invaluable tool for later reference. The approach is a direct, concise style, which facilitates comprehension by novices as well as experienced private investigators, and makes possible competent and professional performance of all types of private investigation. The purpose for writing this book is to fill the existing need within the field for a precise comprehensive text detailing the development of skills necessary for professional investigative work. In addition, there is a lack of recent, up-to-date textbooks currently available to individuals wishing to learn about private investigation. Introduction to Private Investigation will help fill this void. This easy-to-read textbook for investigators is filled with practical information and stories that will provide extremely valuable training. One unique attribute of the book is its commitment to the practice of private investigation in the private business sector as well as the public sector. Another notable quality is its concern with both the portrayal of private investigation as a legitimate professional discipline and the subsequent degradation of the popular, media propagated misconceptions of private investigators. Two new chapters have been added in this second edition, "Criminal Defense Investigation" and "Bioethics, Investigation, and the Occult," due to a complete lack of material for each subject pertaining to Professional Investigation. It will enable the professional investigator or apprentice to sharpen the skills they use every day. Be it undercover, surveillance, interviewing, case preparation, or courtroom testimony, even the most seasoned veterans understand the need to be on top of their game in order to provide clients with the best possible results. This book will help you accomplish that understanding. It will provide you with the basic skills, knowledge and required tools before you go into battle with the Scales of Justice.

How to Open Operate a Financially Successful Private Investigation Business

  • Filename: how-to-open-operate-a-financially-successful-private-investigation-business.
  • ISBN: 9781601383310
  • Release Date: 2010-11-30
  • Number of pages: 336
  • Author: Michael Cavallaro
  • Publisher: Atlantic Publishing Company



This book was written for anyone who has considered working in the field of private investigation and decided that it would be ideal for them. How to Open & Operate a Financially Successful Private Investigation Business will teach you everything you need to know about the profession, starting with the basics of what you can expect and which preconceptions are just Hollywood fancy. You will discern the key differences between a private investigator and a police officer and why those who want to be the latter should consider all their options before getting into private work. You will learn how to choose a niche of investigation and how to think critically. You will pick up tips on how to investigate a case and perform all of your necessary functions legally. Understand how to hire and keep a qualified professional staff, meet IRS requirements, manage and train employees, generate high-profile public relations and publicity, and implement low-cost internal marketing ideas. You will learn how to build your business by using low- and no-cost ways to satisfy customers, as well as methods to increase sales and have customers refer others to you. This book imparts thousands of insider tips and useful guidelines, including case studies of real world successful private investigation businesses. Discover how to hire contractors and attract clients. Determine which licenses, liability insurance, contracts, and forms you will need, such as privacy agreements. You will find out what tools you need, including the right camera and lenses. Employ modern computer equipment to accent your investigations and use the internet to search through public records, private databases, and courthouse records to speed up the process. Learn how to perform background investigations, interviews, and surveillance and the basics of each type of investigation. Learn how to draw up a winning business plan using the companion CD-ROM with an actual business plan you can use in Microsoft Word™. Familiarize yourself with basic cost control systems, copyright and trademark issues, branding, management, legal concerns, sales and marketing techniques, and pricing formulas.

The California Private Investigator s Legal Manual Third Edition

  • Filename: the-california-private-investigator-s-legal-manual-third-edition.
  • ISBN: 9781462022182
  • Release Date: 2011-06-10
  • Number of pages: 448
  • Author: David D. Queen
  • Publisher: iUniverse



This is the third edition of the "The California Private Investigator's Legal Manual," previously titled "The Private Investigator's Legal Manual (California Edition.)" The manual remains the only source for legal information of importance to California private investigators and the attorneys who hire and represent them. The 350+ page manual covers more than 150 topics, analyzes more than 180 court cases and 150 federal and state statutes and includes the text of some of the most significant statutes. The manual is fully indexed with more than 1,000 entries to allow for quick and easy referencing.

Be Your Own Detective

  • Filename: be-your-own-detective.
  • ISBN: 0871318725
  • Release Date: 1998
  • Number of pages: 245
  • Author: Greg Fallis
  • Publisher: M Evans & Company



Updated and expanded, this title includes technological advances in the art of snooping, from night vision goggles and advances in forensics to research on the Web.

Intelligence and Private Investigation

  • Filename: intelligence-and-private-investigation.
  • ISBN: 0398088888
  • Release Date: 2013
  • Number of pages: 220
  • Author: Hank Prunckun
  • Publisher: Charles C Thomas Pub Limited



While many books have been written about private investigation, this text is different in that it does not deal with the subject from traditional perspectives. It examines how private investigation has grown, particularly since 9-11, into an exacting and sophisticated occupation. The book looks at the key issues in what it describes as private intelligence; that is, intelligence activities practiced by operatives other than law enforcement, national security, or the military. Eleven world experts contribute chapters addressing key practice issues concerning the skills, abilities, and knowledge necessary in the new realm of private intelligence. The initial three chapters provide a report on present-day private intelligence and offer an overview of the specifics of intelligence issues that follow. Eleven subsequent chapters take the reader progressively through various intelligence-related subjects. Major topics presented include: skills for intelligence-led private investigators, open source intelligence, target profiling, fraud intelligence, political intelligence, anti-terrorist and anti-gang intelligence, illicit organizations and financial intelligence, counterintelligence, clandestine communication methods, preparing a prosecution brief, legal issues for intelligence-led private investigators, and ethical issues for intelligence-led private investigators. Additionally, the text contains several features that will appeal to both students and instructors. These include a set of key terms and phrases, a number of study questions, and learning activities in each chapter. Written in a clear and concise style, the text provides a foundation of practical and useful information. It will be a most important and unique resource for undergraduate students in private investigation courses as well as intelligence practitioners and general readers interested in self-development study.

Canadian Law and Private Investigations

  • Filename: canadian-law-and-private-investigations.
  • ISBN: 1552210596
  • Release Date: 2001
  • Number of pages: 526
  • Author: Norman J. Groot
  • Publisher:



This book is a first of its kind in Canada, written to fill a professional and academic void. The growth of the private sector investigation industry in Canada is strong--especially in the corporate realm due to such concerns as the shrinking of public investigation resources, diminishing employee loyalty and therefore increased wrongful acts, an increase in the theft of corporate intelligence. This book is an attempt to provide a body of academic research for this growth industry. The book is a useful reference text for those practising in the field of private sector investigations, for survey courses on the legal aspects of private sector investigations, and for lawyers, insurance adjusters, businesses and others who use investigative services. For all users of investigative services, this book provides an easy reference explaining the law as it applies to the private investigation industry. It gives the clients of private investigation services a basis to discuss with their investigators the methods used to obtain the results desired.

How to Disappear

  • Filename: how-to-disappear.
  • ISBN: 9780762766734
  • Release Date: 2010-09-01
  • Number of pages: 208
  • Author: Frank Ahearn
  • Publisher: Rowman & Littlefield



How to Disappear is the authoritative and comprehensive guide for people who seek to protect their privacy as well as for anyone who’s ever entertained the fantasy of disappearing—whether actually dropping out of sight or by eliminating the traceable evidence of their existence. Written by the world’s leading experts on finding people and helping people avoid being found, How to Disappear covers everything from tools for disappearing to discovering and eliminating the nearly invisible tracks and clues we tend to leave wherever we go. Learn the three keys to disappearing, all about your electronic footprints, the dangers and opportunities of social networking sites, and how to disappear from a stalker. Frank Ahearn and Eileen Horan provide field-tested methods for maintaining privacy, as well as tactics and strategies for protecting personal information and preventing identity theft. They explain and illustrate key tactics such as misinformation (destroying all the data known about you); disinformation (creating fake trails); and, finally, reformation—the act of getting you from point A to point B without leaving clues. Ahearn illustrates every step with real-life stories of his fascinating career, from undercover work to nab thieving department store employees to a stint as a private investigator; and, later, as a career “skip tracer” who finds people who don’t want to be found. In 1997, when news broke of President Bill Clinton’s dalliance with a White House intern, Ahearn was hired to find her. When Oscar statuettes were stolen in Beverly Hills, Ahearn pinpointed a principal in the caper to help solve the case. When Russell Crowe threw a telephone at a hotel clerk in 2005, Ahearn located the victim and hid him from the media. An indispensable resource not just for those determined to become utterly anonymous, but also for just about anyone in the brave new world of on-line information, How to Disappear sums up Ahearn’s dual philosophy: Don’t break the law, but know how to protect yourself.

How to Find Out Anything

  • Filename: how-to-find-out-anything.
  • ISBN: 9781101617342
  • Release Date: 2012-08-07
  • Number of pages: 272
  • Author: Don MacLeod
  • Publisher: Penguin



In How to Find Out Anything, master researcher Don MacLeod explains how to find what you're looking for quickly, efficiently, and accurately—and how to avoid the most common mistakes of the Google Age. Not your average research book, How to Find Out Anything shows you how to unveil nearly anything about anyone. From top CEO’s salaries to police records, you’ll learn little-known tricks for discovering the exact information you’re looking for. You’ll learn: •How to really tap the power of Google, and why Google is the best place to start a search, but never the best place to finish it. •The scoop on vast, yet little-known online resources that search engines cannot scour, such as refdesk.com, ipl.org, the University of Michigan Documents Center, and Project Gutenberg, among many others. •How to access free government resources (and put your tax dollars to good use). •How to find experts and other people with special knowledge. •How to dig up seemingly confidential information on people and businesses, from public and private companies to non-profits and international companies. Whether researching for a term paper or digging up dirt on an ex, the advice in this book arms you with the sleuthing skills to tackle any mystery.

How to Be Invisible

  • Filename: how-to-be-invisible.
  • ISBN: 142996703X
  • Release Date: 2004-03-18
  • Number of pages: 304
  • Author: J. J. Luna
  • Publisher: Macmillan



From cyberspace to crawl spaces, new innovations in information gathering have left the private life of the average person open to scrutiny, and worse, exploitation. In this thoroughly revised update of his immensely popular guide How to Be Invisible, J.J. Luna shows you how to protect yourself from these information predators by securing your vehicle and real estate ownership, your bank accounts, your business dealings, your computer files, your home address, and more. J.J. Luna, a highly trained and experienced security consultant, shows you how to achieve the privacy you crave and deserve, whether you just want to shield yourself from casual scrutiny or take your life savings with you and disappearing without a trace. Whatever your needs, Luna reveals the shocking secrets that private detectives and other seekers of personal information use to uncover information and then shows how to make a serious commitment to safeguarding yourself. There is a prevailing sense in our society that true privacy is a thing of the past. Filled with vivid real life stories drawn from the headlines and from Luna's own consulting experience, How to Be Invisible, Revised Edition is a critical antidote to the privacy concerns that continue only to grow in magnitude as new and more efficient ways of undermining our personal security are made available. Privacy is a commonly-lamented casualty of the Information Age and of the world's changing climate-but that doesn't mean you have to stand for it.

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