A lot of people think a private investigator is a guy who sits in a car for hours on end recording hours of video and tracking people by GPS in order to catch that cheating spouse. Well, that type of gumshoe work is still in effect today, but private investigators in the modern digital age cover so much more. We use some form of electronics in almost every aspect of our life now and I can't begin to describe the amount of information that is widely available and accessible on the web. Private Investigation has certainly come a long way.
Some of the tools I use to track people down, acquire arrest records, or any other public or private record for that matter is IRB Search and Delvepoint. This is professional grade database software that is only authorized to professional organizations and law enforcement. It allows me to pull up vast amounts of information on an individual such as
- Everywhere they have lived
- Phone numbers they have had
- Social, birthday and physical profile
- All vehicle information
- Neighbors, Relatives, Work places
- Criminal records anywhere in the USA
- Civil court records
- Assets such as property, vehicles, boats, and airplanes
- Businesses and comprehensive background investigations.
Pretty much anything you can think of, is easily accessible to the modern day private investigator. I have decided to specialize my business by focusing on this particular line of work in order to bring a fine tuned product to my clients. Hunting people down, research, and data acquisition is something I consider myself exceptionally good at. We do operate within the legal means of distributing this data and clients are bound to our services agreement which is posted on product page.
All of my data is exported to either a PDF format or excel spreadsheet which I can quickly deliver through my client. Through this website, clients are able to submit cases to me at any time 24/7 and allows me to deliver results to them by e-mail quickly. I often work at all times of the day, so this allows clients to reach me at anytime and is more convenient to deliver results to them. Rather than being tied down to "business hours" I prefer to work outside the box.
Here is a link to IRB Search's page which outlines their search capabilities. 34 Billion Records from 10,000 Sources.
Delvepoint (Service Page Here) is very similar to IRB in it's setup but offers over 45 billion public and private records from many sources as well. I use both of these (with other professional programs) to acquire data for my clients.
Another recent favorite database of mine is using IDIdata. These guys take data aggregation to a whole new level. I have been extremely impressed with the capabilities my business has gotten due to this database. They are extremely affordable and provide real up to date results. People can be tracked down by email and IP address that allows investigators to hone in on habits that a particular subject may have. Imagine having to do surveillance on a subject and getting to know their daily habits. Such as going to a particular bar every Thursday with their friends. Now instead of only relying on GPS trackers you can be even more stealth by just being there ahead of time. I use these guys mainly for skip trace but they have a lot of features coming pretty rapidly.
It's possible for many people to do some sleuthing around on their own, but nothing compares to the quality of data a private investigator can get. Make sure you shop around first! Get the best bang for your buck when it comes to hiring a good investigator. In every case that I work, I utilize all of my databases to cross reference details and give my client multiple reports instead of one. This gives both of us a TON of data on the subject we are going after and really gives us the edge we need.
I know there are other databases out there such as CLEAR, however they do seem to require a monthly fee of over $1,000 just to access their database. While this may prove to be a route for some of the giant corporations out there, it does raise some eyebrows for me with a cost like that. I'm still inquiring about a demo program from them to really see if it's worth that kind of monthly bill for the information I would get. Between multiple other databases, it's hard to justify another with that kind of expense. Especially since I always find what I need through other affordable and reputable options.