What to Expect from a Private Investigator Hired to Find People
There's a diverse assortment of talent, expertise and integrity to be found among investigators you might hire to find people. This presents a unique challenge, since there's no way around trusting a private investigator with personal information or paying at least a deposit up front.
If you're lucky you'll hire a private investigator with years of experience, expert skills and many successful reunions under their belt. But if you don't know what to expect, there's no telling what you might end up. What should you expect from a private investigator hired to find people?
You should expect something similar to the following to happen when you first contact a private investigator for a rate quote:
First, specific questions should be asked about yourself and the missing person as well as why you are conducting a search. Next the investigator should provide you with information about search services they perform. Lastly, payment terms should be discussed and a timeline for results should be provided.
Methodology Used to Find People
Pay particular attention to the general plan an investigator outlines for how they find people. Ask about the following if information isn't freely offered:
- What steps are involved in the search process?
- Are more aggressive search techniques and more frequent search activities available?
- Are they skilled in search techniques beyond database searching? What are some of these techniques?
- How will their geographic location affect their search?
When to Expect Results
Reports on results should be provided in keeping with milestones outlined at the start of the search. Within two weeks, you should receive information regarding possible paper source information that has been uncovered.
At this point the investigator's findings should be thoroughly assessed and discussed. You should receive information about what the investigator has and has not found out.
What Results to Expect
Even the best private investigators sometimes fail to find people in the first phase of their search. As part of the results assessment, an investigator should provide you with additional options that may be taken in the next search phase if you wish to continue looking.
A professional investigator should be honest about what they have found, as well as when and where they found it. They will be just as honest when it comes to assessing the future prospects for successful location - regardless of what you may or may not wish to hear.
If you have outlined your expectations from the onset and your investigator has met or exceeded each one, you should be able to trust their opinion and feel confident about their recommendations.