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 book 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).
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 understand that this book has been updated to reflect current information.
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 your 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 on 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 on 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 key chain 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 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 on 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 off 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.
The Manfrotto Compact Action Tripod is an affordable, sturdy reliable tripod for private investigators. 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 as well.
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 services 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 provide recent data for private investigators and I have always found it to be very up to date.
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 different between IRB and TLO may be the pricing structure for information.
I have friends that use this database and they seem to be happy with it. Check it out and see if it’s a good fit for you and your company.
I can’t vouch one way or another for this service. 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.
Many examples of what Not to do with your investigative skills.