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How to Choose the Right Private Investigator: 3 Strategies

Whether you want to screen a potential employee, locate a missing person, or resolve a suspicious incident, a private investigator (PI) can help.


But how can you screen for the right PI?


Here are three strategies for selecting an investigator you can trust:


1. Connect with the investigator before making a hiring decision.

You may think you’ve found your perfect (professional) match—and that could absolutely be the case. However, you’ll want to connect with the PI for a face-to-face conversation before making a commitment.


Whether you opt for a Zoom call or an in-person sit-down is up to you. Simply make sure you’re a fit before moving forward.


2. Verify the PI’s work history and credentials.

Is the investigator you’ve reached out to competent and well-qualified? Take a look at their website to get a sense of their background, credentials, and work history. Assess what they’ve done for others to see what they can do for you.


Do they take a personalized, results-based approach to getting their job done? You’ll want to look for solid qualifications, a professional demeanor, and a commitment to their clients.


3. Avoid choosing an investigator based on price alone.

Like in any industry, budget matters—but not at the expense of quality. Just as you wouldn’t choose the cheapest lawyer in your city, you don’t (necessarily) want to opt for the least expensive PI around.


Instead, try to focus on value. Ask the PI exactly what’s included in their service. State your expectations clearly, and request some insight into how quickly—and how effectively—they might be able to help you achieve your goals.


Have questions about hiring a private investigator? Please contact us for answers, or to learn more about what Umbrella Security Services can do for your business.

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