The type of information that is most helpful to a private investigator is often related to the type of investigation that is going to take place. For example, certain information is needed when trying to locate a missing person, while other information may be more important for surveillance. Of course, there are some types of information that is needed no matter what type of investigation is being performed.

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Investigation of a Cheating Spouse

We will likely be engaged in some form of surveillance, so we may need your spouse’s photo as well as information on the car he or she drives. Knowing where your spouse works and any daily routine your spouse may have is very helpful. The more information about your spouse’s daily activities you can provide will make the investigation move more quickly, so we can spot abnormal activities and discover any possible infidelity that is occurring.

Investigation of Insurance Fraud

In cases where insurance fraud is suspected, such as a fake injury or disability, we will need to know what the nature of the disability is. This will allow us to identify whether the suspect is doing something physical that they should not be able to do. We may also be able to record this on video. Their home address and the medical doctor that provided them with the diagnosis of their disability will be helpful as well.

Locating Missing Persons

We have access to data that the typical person does not have, but we do need to know a person’s name and age. Additional information that is extremely helpful includes the person’s date of birth, social security number, driver’s license number and last known address.

Process Serving

Our private investigators can find people who are working hard to avoid being served. However, it helps to have a good, recent photo to make sure we have identified the right person. Their last known address is necessary so we have a starting point. If their place of employment is known, we would like the company name, address and supervisor if applicable.

Asset Identification

If you are going through a divorce and need to identify assets, you probably have much of the information readily available about your spouse. It is easier to search for hidden assets if you know your spouse’s social security number and any information you have that relates to his or her business such as company names. We also would like to know of the names of any family members or friends who he or she might use to hide assets. It is important that you consult with us about a hidden asset search. We can analyze your particular situation and let you know how you can help us the most.

In general, the more information you can provide us, the better our chances of success will be. Your best course of action is to give us a call. Let us know what your situation is and what you hope to achieve with a private investigation. We can then let you know how we can help you, and what specific information will help us to give you the best results possible.

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Bruce Robertson

Bruce Robertson is a private investigator and founder of Tristar Investigation, California’s premiere detective agency. Bruce is also a media commentator for the investigation industry, featured in the New York Times, CNN, History Channel, MSNBC, Los Angeles Times and many more. You can find him on Google+ LinkedIn and YouTube.