After 15 years as a private investigator, I have become an expert in finding people. Long-lost relatives, hard-to-find witnesses, biological fathers, ex-boyfriends – you name it, I have found them.
I don’t say this lightly either. I think that people who call themselves experts at anything are idiots. So I guess I am breaking my own cardinal rule.
But after hundreds of cases in which I had to track down people nobody else could find, I realize that I am pretty darn good at it.
How do you become an expert in finding people?
Get lots of practice. But here are a few more tips.
Know Your Limits
Finding people has its limitations, and before you even get started, you need to know your limits. I get inquiries all the time from people who from across the pool saw someone on vacation with a few drinks in him or her, and they think that someone should be able to track down that person with a sketch and the hotel name. It’s just not possible.
If you don’t have a name, the city they live in and some semblance of details about their lives, it’s just not possible.
Get the Right Tools
I subscribe to dozens of professional-grade investigative databases, …read more