Ask A PI: Thomas Martin answers questions people have about private investigation

If a background check was run on you, here’s what would be in it

You’ve probably wondered at some point: If someone ran a background check on me, what would be in it?

Believe me when I say you would be shocked at what’s actually in these reports: I’m a private investigator whose agency performs hundreds of these background checks and asset searches every year.

The sheer amount of data in these reports is staggering: Many of them are a hundred pages or more.

Ask A PI: Thomas Martin answers questions people have about private investigation

What is the most cost effective way to get a background check on a prospective employee?

What is the most cost effective way to do a background check on a prospective employee?

First, it’s important to realize that not all background checks are equal. Most of the online checks contain limited, dated information from only parts of indexes. So you can always do something “quick and cheap”, and you’ll get what you pay for.

Ask A PI: Thomas Martin answers questions people have about private investigation

What is a PI’s most common type of case?

I think the most common PI case, at least for most private investigators or agencies, involves cheating spouses. While we do our share of those cases, they only represent about 5% of our business in our five California offices and casework throughout the United States. Our most common case at Martin Investigative Services involves clients throughout corporate America that retain us to determine who is stealing time, money or product from them.