Tuesday, July 29, 2014

Private Investigators Sometimes Talk You Out of Hiring Them

Here is an article written by PI Keith Evans that someone sent me. I thought I should share it.
It may sound crazy to convince a potential client that he doesn’t need my services.

But sometimes, that’s exactly what an ethical PI should do.

As the owner of a private investigations company, I am always interested in finding new customers and developing new business relationships. What may seem strange to some, however, is that on a weekly basis I purposely turn potential clients away, by explaining to them that they really dont need a private investigator.
Some of my colleagues think I’m crazy when I tell them this. Your job is to provide the service they want and can pay for,” Ive been told several times. But I have a completely different view.
When people call me about a personal or domestic issue, they are vulnerable. Something has gone wrong in their lives. When my phone rings and I hear that vulnerable voice on the line, I ask a lot of questions, and then I listen. Apparently, I have one of those voices that makes people feel comfortable sharing their deepest, darkest secrets, so I have learned to be a good listener. As they tell me their stories, my mind starts working on how I can help them.

What, exactly, is my job?

My job, and the reason I opened my company, is to help people. Sometimes, helping people and making money dont always go hand in hand. That is a concept with which I am extremely comfortable.
A few months back, I got a call from a woman in another state 1,000 miles away. She and an ex-fiancé had a messy break-up; he’d walked out on her while they were vacationing together. Thinking everything was wonderful, she came back from a walk on the beach to find he had packed up and left her there. She was about to quit her job, move to another country, and marry him. From that moment on, he wanted to have nothing to do with her, would not speak to her or take her callsnothing.
Fast forward two years, and she finds us on the Web and calls. She explains the whole story to me, and then I ask her what she wants us to do. She asks me to arrange a chance encounter” with her ex to give her an opportunity to talk with him and get closure on the relationship.
At this point, I have a desperate woman on the phone who is more than ready to pay my fee online right then. So what do I do? Close the deal? No. I already know that I will not do what she wants. So I could end the conversation right then.
Instead, I start asking her more questions. Why do you want to talk with him? Why wouldn’t he talk with you for the last two years? Why do you think he will now? After more lengthy conversation, I tell her that I will not do what she suggests, and I explain why: in short, her behavior is bordering on stalker-ish, and that I have an ethical obligation to protect her, the potential subject, and my company.
I told her that if she were my friend, I would advise her not to do this.
Dont PIs do stuff like this?” she asks me. I tell her that I’m sure she can find a private investigator in my city who will take the case. But I explain why she should not go through with this, based on the information she has already given me.
In retrospect, I feel ethically comfortable with the alternative solution I suggested, even though she didn’t end up pursuing it: I told her that I could find her ex and talk with him, explain that she had hired me because she would like to talk with him one last time, and arrange for that to happen, IF he was willing. However, I would not give her the details of where he lived, or his routine, or his contact info, unless he gave the okay.
I could have easily closed the deal” on this scenario if I had wanted to, but I didnt really want to handle things this way, either. Based on everything she had told me, this guy was never going to agree to talk with her. I told her that if she were my friend, I would advise her not to do this. She needed to focus on her own issues, to feel good about herself, and not spend any more time focusing on a jerk who left her stranded in a hotel room on vacation.
photo by Lies Through a Lens
photo by Lies Through a Lens

What would you tell your best friend?

I gave her the same counsel that I would want someone to give my friends and loved ones if they ever made such a call. I spent almost an hour on the phone with her. At the end of the conversation, she thanked me for helping her think it through, and for not letting her do something rash and unproductive.
I received another call from a man who was convinced that his wife was cheating on him. Sounds like the bread and butter of a PI, right? They were newlyweds, and things already were not going well. While there were some nuances to the situation, his wife was essentially a mail-order bride, and he suspected that she was using him to get into this country and establish legal residency.
After another lengthy conversation, it was obvious that he already knew she was not in love with him. He had plenty of clues that he was a means to an end. Because of where they lived, his working arrangements, and her situation, surveillance was going to be expensive, require multiple investigators and many hours, and very likely be unproductive in producing any tangible proof that was more convincing than what he already had.
It would have been a cash cow of a gig, and he was ready to hire us right away, because he was about to leave town on business. Instead, I gave him a few ideas for things he could do on his own, and I suggested we talk again in a week or two.
He called back a couple of weeks later, again, to thank me for being so helpful, and for making suggestions instead of pushing the surveillance angle…which, as I suspected, would not have produced the result he wanted.
photo by Bert Kaufmann
photo by Bert Kaufmann

A Higher Bar

As I said before, when people call a private investigator for help, they are vulnerable. Nobody calls us because everything is wonderful in his or her life. Something unfortunate has happened or is going terribly wrong. They are worried, afraid, or grieving.
When people are at their most vulnerable, we have a responsibility to treat them with respect, kindness, and compassion. We are all in business to make a living, but I am just more comfortable doing it without taking advantage of someone who’s highly susceptible to being manipulated.
Dont misunderstand: We do take surveillance and cheating spouse cases. But when we do, I want to know that we are working to help our clients resolve a specific issue and gather important information, with the goal of improving their situation in practical and measurable ways.
Saying “no” to clients who are better off not hiring a PI will make you feel like a better human being.
When I opened my business, one of my stated goals was that I wanted to help people. Sure, turning away business for reasons of ethics or personal preference may not always be a financially prudent thing to do. Some people, including some investigators, think I am crazy. But I would encourage you to think about it seriously.
While it may not improve your bottom line in the short term, saying “no” to clients who are better off nothiring a PI will make you feel like a better human being. We are licensed professionals, entrusted with access to a lot of sensitive information, and we regularly encounter people at their most vulnerable.
Our standard needs to be higher than, How much money can I make doing this?” The standard needs to be How can I best help this person?” Some days, it is by convincing them they should not hire us at all.

Wednesday, June 04, 2014

Put Your Keys Near your Bed At Night

Put your car keys beside your bed at night.
Put your car keys beside your bed at night.
Tell your spouse, your children, your neighbors, your parents, your Dr's office, the check-out girl at the market, everyone you run across. Put your car keys beside your bed at night.
If you hear a noise outside your home or someone trying to get in your house, just press the panic button for your car. The alarm will be set off, and the horn will continue to sound until either you turn it off or the car battery dies.
This tip came from a neighborhood watch coordinator. Next time you come home for the night and you start to put your keys away, think of this: It's a security alarm system that you probably already have and requires no installation. Test it. It will go off from most everywhere inside your house and will keep honking until your battery runs down or until you reset it with the button on the key fob chain. It works if you park in your driveway or garage.
If your car alarm goes off when someone is trying to break into your house, odds are the burglar/rapist won't stick around. After a few seconds, all the neighbors will be looking out their windows to see who is out there and sure enough the criminal won't want that. And remember to carry your keys while walking to your car in a parking lot. The alarm can work the same way there. This is something that should really be shared with everyone. Maybe it could save a life or a sexual abuse crime.

Tuesday, May 20, 2014

Court Experience and Private Investigator Long Island

Back tomorrow to Supreme Court in Central Islip as the key witness for our client. At Long Island Investigations, we have literally thousands of hours of court experience that is unmatched. Our Investigators have testified as witnesses in Family Court, Criminal Court, Grand Jury, Federal Court's Southern District, NY Eastern District, NY, Southern District Houston, TX, Miami FL and so many more. In many cases, the Investigator's responsibility does not end with the investigation. It extends to the court hearings, depositions and trials. Experience is the only thing that makes an investigator a good witness. Anyone who says different, does not have that experience.
Here is a link to just one of Paul Massimillo's past cases in Federal Court from years ago.

http://www.ca5.uscourts.gov/opinions/unpub/96/96-20410.0.wpd.pdf

Saturday, April 26, 2014

Friday, March 21, 2014

Another Reason to Hate Walmart

They are unreal. Watch this video and then think twice about giving your hard earned dollars to this company.
Robbery Inside Walmart

Sunday, November 24, 2013

Saturday, October 12, 2013

NYPD Undercover, My ass!!!

NYC SUV and Cycles

By now you all have knowledge of this incident. But, as a former MOS of the NYPD, both Investigator and Undercover, I must express my opinion on this so called "cop."
Number one thing I see here is that this undercover was NOT on duty. So he chose to ride with these thugs, he wasn't assigned this duty. He associates with these guys???? Based on past protests and "rides," they have a bad rep. He is a 10 year veteran of the NYPD, so I guarantee he was aware of this...and he was from the Intel Division..even more of a reason to know of this group's activities in the past.
Secondly, undercover or not, when you see this happening to a person, as a cop, you automatically help them. You say "screw this" and you do everything in your power to stop the assault. He did not. He chose to participate. He didn't even call 911. He actively participated, as can be seen in video footage.
He should be ashamed. He should not be a cop. End rant. Thanks for listening.

Monday, July 29, 2013

Countertfiet Goods

Private investigator on Long Island recently began a partnership involved fighting counterfeit products. This large scale and illegal business generates millions of dollars in losses to companies each year. These costs are passed on to the consumer. 
These products, including watches, handbags, wallets, sports shirts, clothing foods, toothpaste and cigarettes (to name a few) are produced in several places, but particularly in China without any oversight. Don't fall victim to the cheap prices. Oh and btw, the copies are crap anyway.

Examples from the web:



Long Island Investigations Google
Long Island Investigations Facebook

Friday, July 12, 2013

Dash Cameras

Because insurance fraud is so rampent in Russia as well as a few other places, many..I mean MANY people install dash cams in their cars so they can avoid the fake auto accident scams that are ubiquitous in Russia.
Watch this video and see some amazing things. Though not fraud related, it is still riveting to see.
Private Investigator, Long Island Investigations, Inc., does use dash cameras on two vehicles. They are simply priceless for investigations, particularly surveillance. We can even park a car, leave for hours with the vehicle unattended, and come back later on. We can then view the video in fast speed to see the footage.
Sometimes I keep mine on when simply driving around. I have captured some cool video., but nothing at all like you see in this video:

Dash Cameras in Russia

Saturday, June 15, 2013

Insurance Fraud Investigations


35% of our cases at Long Island Investigations Inc, a Long Island based Private Investigator, are insurance fraud investigations. Large national companies are so overwhelmed with the volume of fraudulent claims, that the hire private investigators like us, to conduct the investigation. This crime is out of control! Your rates and mine are sky high because of this. Don't ignore it..report it. Your neighbor who is cheating the insurance company, is actually cheating YOU!!!!

Tuesday, June 04, 2013

GPS Global Positioning System

GPS Usage and Surveillance
GPS use along with physical surveillance has become a standard these days. At Long Island Investigations, Inc., a Long Island Private Investigator, there is not eve a fee for it's use during a surveillance. It is a wonderfully reliable and indispensable tool.
There are very strict laws here in New York and pretty much everywhere, that define, and in many cases, prohibit it's use.
Generally, and I say "generally," you can legally install a gps on a vehicle that you or your spouse own privately. Even if a vehicle is registered to the other party, it is community property and therefore, in most cases, legal. A company car can only be tracked with consent from a shareholder/owner etc. For instance; we can track a company's delivery truck or a sales person, with the company's consent, if they are using a company vehicle. But if a spouse want's to track her husband's company vehicle, we can't.
With GPS as a surveillance aid, we can track the exact location of the vehicle, within 5 feet. Yes, it's that accurate. It is shown in "real time" with updates every 10 seconds. All stops are logged with addresses and times. All  movement too. We can access it on any smart phone, tablet or computer.
If you are in need of a surveillance type investigation, Long Island Investigations, Inc., can utilize this tool along with investigative know-how and experience to conduct a productive investigation.
GPS is extremely useful in situations where conventional surveillance is limited, such as dark side roads and gated communities. Actually, the uses are endless!
I highly recommend the use of GPS when practical and legal.

Disclaimer: Consult/be guided by your local laws before you track someone. Illegal tracking is a felony and you can be fined or have your PI license revoked! This article is for your reading and in no way is it legal advice, so don;t take it as such.

Wednesday, April 10, 2013

Child Kidnap Prevention and Escape

Posted by: Long Island Investigations, Inc.
Lately, here on Long Island, there has been an uptick of attempted abductions of children and young teens, while on there way too or from school. Last month there were three in Nassau County alone, that I heard about through the school district. Who knows how many more there were?
Every parent should review the tips in this article and discuss it with your children in great detail...especially the need to escape, if the child is pulled into a vehicle. Please caution them..don't be afraid to scare them...they need to be aware!!!
Click this link to the article:
http://www.crime-safety-security.com/child-safety-kidnap.html

Tuesday, March 05, 2013

Suffolk County Private Investigator Facebook

Visit our new Facebook page here:
Suffolk County Private Investigator

and our original Long Island Investigations Facebook here:
Long Island Private Investigator

Sunday, February 24, 2013

United States Court, Southern District of Texas Appeal

Heres a link I found today from a very old case I did back in 1995 and 1996. It was a great eavesdropping narcotics case involving New York, Miami, Houston, Venezuela and Colombia.

If you search within the document for Massimillo, you will see my part in the appeal.

Click this link:
US Court Southern District of Texas