Out of the total 60,000 Private Investigators performing different kinds of investigative jobs across the USA, over 30,000 operate in the New York City. That can be easily understood, for the more crowded the city, the more perpetrators should be trying to get lost in the street crowd. While Private Investigator’s job should be in most cases to trace them or to investigate the circumstances of the offenses they might have been involved in.
So, have you already pictured a private investigator as a Sherlock Holmes type individual wrapping himself in a dark coat, hiding his eyes low under the hat and smoking a pipe? Rest assured, this is by no means what modern times private investigator in New York even distantly resembles to, although the TV and films still keep portraying private investigator as someone lurking around in the dark, speaking hardly intelligible English with a foreign accent and carrying lots of spying gadgets.
Of course, it is not adherence to the dress code that makes a private investigator, but rather his or her ability to act in a professional manner to resolve the case, be it tracing a missing person, finding proof of a wife’s or husband’s spousal infidelity, running a background check on a prospective employee by reviewing millions of court of other public records to find out the truth about the subject’s past. The good private investigator wouldn’t care to have all the tools, gadgets, surveillance equipment etc. within an easy reach at any given moment. If the PI does not have these available immediately, it’s always possible to improvise.
Anyway, some things should be regarded as first priority accessories for practically every private detective who works in the field (on site) investigation. Here are 3 pieces of equipment a professional sleuth won’t do without:
1. Tape recorder.
This is the device that private investigator needs always have available to be switched on at any moment, especially during interviewing people to obtain the information pertinent to the investigative case the PI is in course of solving. By recording a conversation you will not just have a proof of what was told you, more importantly, you’ll have the possibility to have the recorded conversation analyzed. When listening to the conversation over and over again private investigator might ultimately pay attention to important episodes and phrases that might provide a clue to what has been actually meant or attempted to hide away. It’s also possible to evaluate whether the person wasn’t lying or trying to mislead you. Also, like every other human being, the private investigator could have missed out on something during the interview that might be vital to restore or reconstruct. Don’t rely just on your memory, however strong and reliable it could seem to you.
2. Photo Camera.
This is used rather often for taking shots of people, scenes, and documents that may turn out important. It’s highly recommended to have a quality camera with zooming capabilities so it would produce good quality pictures even at a distance. Cameras with night visions allow shooting in the darkness. Most of the cameras used by private investigators nowadays are digital cameras, often offering the advantage of small size that can be secretly attached to a handbag or hidden somewhere in your clothes, hat or even spectacles without running the risk of being caught in the process of taking shots.
Often a private investigator needs to shoot live action as a piece of evidence or proof, and this is what a video recorder for. It is recommended that you choose a camcorder with big volume of the memory to ensure the total action is recorded without risking an important moment might just get cut from the footage.
If you are beginner private investigator in New York in course of delivering one of your first investigative mission, be sure that you always have the above 3 pieces of investigative equipment handy and ready to use at any time, for you never know the next witness or piece of evidence may appear on the scene.