Advice on becoming a private investigator

The top 10 things private investigators WON’T do

Our PI firm receives thousands of calls a year. Every day, we have to explain to at least one caller that some of the things they want us to do for them are in fact illegal – and punishable by prison and fines. I decided to compile a list of these requests, and group them into categories. This allowed me to come up with a top 10 list of services we either won’t perform – or will only perform only under very tight restrictions, under the direction in writing from an attorney and/or they meet the severe limitations of the civil and criminal codes of conduct.

Unannounced visits to senior care facilities

Investigation of senior facilities by private investigators

I guarantee you that a visit from a licensed PI for your mom, dad or grandparent will be the talk of the facility that day – for both the staff and the residents. When I walk in and say, “Hi, I’m Tom Martin and I’m a private investigator. I’m here to check on Mary Lou Smith,” with my license in hand, the reaction is priceless – and very telling. Some staff immediately get flustered and literally hold up their hands in front of me, as if to try to bar me. “Whoa, whoa whoa….”

Private investigator Thomas G. Martin

What’s next for the private investigator blog

Over the years, I’ve spent a lot of time and money to make sure Martin Investigative Services is on top of new trends and technologies. Every couple of years, we spend tens of thousands on the latest bug detection equipment to keep up with changes in illegally-placed video and eavesdropping devices. This investment also extends…

The murder of Beverly Carter

The murder of Beverly Carter

Beverly Carter, a real estate agent, had an appointment to show a house in Scott, Arkansas at 5:30 PM on Thursday, September 25. Her husband, Carl Carter, filed a missing person’s report for his wife after attempting to contact her, and then drove to the house only to find Beverly’s vehicle, along with her purse…