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Insight: Not Your Grandpa's P.I.

Posted by Johnny Joe James on May 15, 2013 at 7:40 PM

Today’s private investigator does much more than tracking down the missing husband of melodramatic femme fatales. These days, the clients that utilize their services extend to large corporations, lawyers, banks and politicians. A number of PI's are taking to specializing in certain areas and only take those particular types of cases.


A growing section within the field of Private Investigations is the cyber-PI. These investigators are hired to track down cyber-criminals and hackers. Other areas of specialization include loss-prevention specialists, such as hired by hotels and casinos, fraudulent work-claim specialists and marital infidelity investigators.


Additionally, many contemporary PIs work just as much from their desks obtaining records online, making phone calls and researching the target as they do in the field taking surveillance and questioning contacts. But that's not to say that all aspects of a PI's work have changed. Most PIs eventually find themselves using classic surveillance techniques such as following targets and taking photographs to obtain information outside the realm of Google.

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