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What Private Investigators DON’T Do

As we’ve posted recently, L.A. private investigators offer a wide array of services from secret shopping a business to searching for missing persons or investigating a wrongful death. Sometimes, however, it’s just as important to understand what California private investigators DON’T do. Unfortunately, there are “services” that Los Angeles detective agencies cannot offer for legal logistical, or ethical reasons. And while we DO have an impressive amount of training and tools, it’s important to keep in mind, we’re not mind-readers, magicians, or accessories for circumventing the legitimate ways that law-abiding people protect themselves and their privacy. Take some of the following examples.

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The Ticking Clock of Missing Persons Cases

Locating missing persons in places like Los Angeles and Orange Counties requires, among other things, a deep knowledge of the area and its infrastructure. In California, every year, over 100,000 adults and children disappear, and every California private investigator knows that the sooner professionals can begin searching, the greater the chances of locating them. Especially in a city as large and diverse as Los Angeles, the reasons children and adults go missing span a broad spectrum, from the most common like parental abduction of a child, to the most unique and unimaginable reasons that some adults disappear. But as any Los Angeles private detective will tell you, what’s central to all missing person cases is a race against the clock. That’s because no matter why a child or adult is missing, the more time that passes, the greater the odds that they’ll encounter dangerous people or situations, or that they or an abductor will secure transportation out of the city or even farther away. This is why the first hours and days in missing persons cases can make all the difference between a safe homecoming and a much less happy ending.

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Another Day in the Life of a Private Investigator

What Does a Private Investigator Do? As we’ve mentioned before, there’s no such thing as a typical day in this line of work. California private investigators go with a different flow every day, depending on the “who,” “what,” and “where” of the cases we’re working on. Sometimes, it’s as simple as serving court papers, but as Los Angeles private detectives, we could just as easily be engaged in multi-day stakeouts or a high-stakes missing persons case, where every second counts. The work, the pace, and the hours for L.A. detectives vary so much, because every case is unique, and we’re always trying to be one step ahead.

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Becoming a Private Investigator in Los Angeles

If becoming a private investigator is something you’ve thought about, chances are you’re not the most typical job seeker, or perhaps even the most typical person. The intensity, long hours, and high stakes of a private detective’s job, especially those of a Los Angeles private detective, are enough to discourage a great many people from ever considering this profession. Part of the good news for anyone who has imagined becoming a California private investigator – our state’s process, while lengthy, is one of the most straight-forward in the nation. It begins with gaining a required number of hours of professional investigative experience, followed by sitting for the California Private Investigator Exam, and finally, applying and paying for the license from the Bureau of Security and Investigative Services (BSIS). While some innate qualities and talents do help, much of what makes an L.A. private investigator good at their job can be learned and picked up from experience. Determination is very important as well, so for those who are eligible (and dedicated enough to stay the course), becoming a private investigator is possible.

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