I am rebuilding the private investigator store and it is taking a little bit longer than I expected. This resource shows many of my recommendations that were in the P.I. Store as well as links to other private investigator resources.
This is a resource page that shows some of the resources I use on a daily basis. If you are new to the private investigation industry, interested in the industry or maybe your a veteran investigator that is looking for new ideas, there is something for you on this page.
Disclosure: I am an affiliate for some of the links below and I will earn a commission if you make a purchase through those links (at no cost to you). I recommend these products because I have used them or trust them, They are not recommended because I earn a commission from them. Don’t buy these products if you don’t think they can help you in some way.
PRIVATE INVESTIGATOR SELF HELP BOOKS
Most of these books I either own or have read. It is important for new and even veteran investigators to keep learning about the industry and craft of investigating. Below are some book I would recommend to read or listen to on Audible (where available).
MUST HAVE BOOKS FOR PRIVATE INVESTIGATORS
This is one of the first books I purchased I believe about 13 years ago. I have the first edition if I am not mistaken. I enjoyed reading this and learned a significant amount. It is my understanding that this book has been updated to reflect current information.
I really really enjoyed this book. I listened to it on Audible but you can get the book as well. This is a great introduction to spotting deception. If you get it, make sure to let me know how you liked it. Here is the link to the book. Here is a link to Audible if you want to try it out for free for 30 days and get the book for free.
This book is more of a resource for private investigators. You are going to have questions as to where to find answers and this book has a ton of references to find answers. I have this book and it has been a great resource for me over the years.
Another book I have. If you are interested in process serving I would read this book first.
This book covers a variety of topics that future investigators would interested in learning about the investigation industry. Rated 4 1/2 stars out of 5 on Amazon.
I picked up this book to sharpen my knowledge of laws related to background checks.
This book was written several years ago but is an important reference in regards to topics and court cases that pertain to private investigators.
One of the first books I read as a supervisor for a private investigation agency. It is not private investigation associated but more about accountability in work and in life.
I got the audio version of this book. There are some great principles to apply in the business world that Tim Ferriss reveals. I didn’t apply everything in this book to my business but some of the stuff is worth applying.
I finished this book on Audible. This is a very good book for anyone on finding financial freedom. This is good for any private investigator or business owner.
Recommended Spy Cameras for Surveillance Investigators
I reviewed this pen over a year ago and continue to use this as my primary covert camera when I conduct surveillance. Here is my formal review of it and my video review is in this article as well. Let me know if you get it and be sure to tell me how you like it.
I have several of these spy cameras and this is one of my favorite spy cameras to use. It fits on a keychain and you can palm it in your hand when following someone on foot.
Great for surveillance and process serving. Get an idea of how it works on my Youtube video.
Private Investigator Resources for Video Processing and Editing
This is the product I used that allowed me to take the video from a video camera and put the video on my computer with the time stamp (Date and Time) on the video. I used this product for many years. Can be used for all types of video cameras. Be sure to order the correct version for your computer (Windows 7, Windows 8, Etc…). It also comes with video editing software called Pinnacle Studio.
This is what I currently use that burns the date and time into my video clips. It speeds up my video processing quite a bit. Very happy with this digital product.
I use this to remove the sound from my covert video. Pretty easy to use. If you want to learn how to remove the sound from your video then watch this VIDEO. You can download it from the aforementioned link if it is not on your computer. I am pretty sure this is for PC’s only.
I upgraded my version of Windows to version 10 and I can’t use Windows Movie Maker any longer because Microsoft is no longer supporting it. So if you’re not using Windows 10 you can still use Movie Maker. Since I can not, I have switched to my main movie editor Camtasia to compile video together and remove audio from my videos. I have used Camtasia to create 99 percent of my videos on Youtube. Here is a link to this product if you are interested in it.
I use this to resize photos, crop photos, put watermarks on my photos, take screenshots of different web pages and much more. Here is the link to this digital product.
The Manfrotto Compact Action Tripod is an affordable, sturdy reliable tripod for private investigataors. I have been using it for quite some time for surveillance and making videos for this website. It quickly folds down because it does not have a middle brace and when all the legs are compact it is very small and doesn’t take up too much room. Here is my formal review with the video review.
Send Large Files or Video
I primarily use this service to send video files to my clients. It is reliable, allows me to notified when the video is downloaded by the client and even allows me to have an expiration date on the video. Hightail has many other things to offer but this is what I primarily use it for.
Dropbox is another service that allows you to send/share video files. I don’t use this very often unless it is a client requirement. Just another tool to send information.
Investigation Databases for Investigators
IRB Search has been around since 2001 and has been the leader in the space of providing relevant information for investigators. IRB has a great reputation for providing recent data for private investigators and I have always found it to be very up to date when I last used it several years ago. I have heard from other users that it might not be as good as it use to be. You may have to test it to see if it is a good fit for you.
TLO provides very accurate information and has been said to be as accurate as IRB Search. They began in 2008 and have been a serious competitor for IRB Search. The only difference between IRB and TLO may be the pricing structure for information.
I have friends that use this database and I have just begun to use it as well. So far I have been happy with the results. Check it out and see if it’s a good fit for you and your company.
I can’t vouch for this service because I have not used it. I do like that they have an upfront pricing list.
I used this many years ago because they use to provide much of the same information as IRB Search. You will have to check it out to see if the information they have is good for you and your business.
I have only recently heard about this database provider. I have not used it but many investigators are using it.
Having a business website is a must when owning a private investigation business. I use and trust Bluehost and use Bluehost for all of my websites including my private investigation business and this website.
MILEIQ tracks your mileage and destinations through an app on your phone. It is always running so you don’t have to think about it. The app allows you to tell it what was for business and what was personal with a single swipe for each destination. I was told by my tax professional that it is a write-off but I would check to make sure that is the case in your state. I am an affiliate for this app and will receive compensation at no additional cost to you should you sign up for this app using this link.
Many examples of what Not to do with your investigative skills.