Thomas G. Martin interviewed on ABC 6 News: kaal-tv

The role social media plays in law enforcement

My office is often contacted by radio and television shows looking for a bit of insight from a private investigator.

This week I received a request from Betsy Singer of KAAL-TV ABC6 News in Rochester, MN. I couldn’t resist calling her back.

Singer had read a post of mine about how a Facebook update led to the capture of a fugitive and she wanted to talk about the role social media plays in law enforcement. She was doing a feature on a local program in Freeborn County called Warrant Wednesdays, in which warrants are posted on Facebook in hopes of getting information on the whereabouts of the fugitives.

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….”

Case of the week: False child molestation charges during divorce, Déjà vu to the McMartin Preschool case

Case of the week: False child molestation charges during divorce, Déjà vu to the McMartin Preschool case

The case of the week began when my client, “Jessica”, explained to me that her husband, Gary, had sexually molested and abused their two girls. Charges of sexual abuse toward children obviously need to be taken very seriously. So to help determine the truth, I asked Jessica if I could interview the girls along with…