There are countless reasons why you could hire a private investigator. From suspecting a partner of cheating to needing surveillance on a child custody case or even a more in-depth criminal defense case, people that call Mission Possible Investigations have various needs.

But the one question we get somewhat frequently is – Why can’t I just do this myself?

Consider the following:

Licensed and trained: To conduct private investigations in New York State and many others, you need a state license, which in New York requires a certain level of experience and passing a state test. Investigative work is most successful when you have an experienced investigator who is able to make clear assessments of the case situation and put into practice expert investigative techniques. The course of an investigation does not always go as planned and there is often some quick and innovative thinking required, which is why the years of experience is necessary. For the safety of everyone involved, investigations are best left to the professionals.

Evidence Collection: If your case ends up in court, evidence has to be collected legally. Private investigators know the law and how to collect physical and surveillance evidence in a way that benefits rather than harms your case. Plus private investigators know the law and can save you the trouble of someone calling the cops because you are stalking or harassing the subject of your investigation. Private investigators can also testify for you in court to not only how the evidence was collected but their findings and recommendations.

Third Party: Private investigators have an outside perspective that is usually needed in an investigation. They can collect evidence based on facts rather than speculation and emotion. They can either confirm your suspicions or put your fears at ease. Relying on things you see or even gossip you may hear does not compare to what an outside third party can confirm for you.

Practicality: If the above is not convincing enough there is the practicality that some evidence cannot be collected on the first attempt or all at one time. If you know the person you need to collect evidence on, there is a good chance they know what you look like and what you drive. You’ll be easy to spot and once that happens the chances of catching what you need are over. And you’ve just alerted them they are being watched so it makes it harder for a private investigator to come in and do the real investigator work. A private investigator is trained in the art of not being seen, even when in plain sight, which makes surveillance work possible. And very often witnesses will not speak directly to our clients and it requires an unbiased third party trained in interviewing techniques to gather the necessary information.

Hiring a private investigator is actually an easier process than most people realize. Give Mission Possible Investigations a call and take advantage of the free confidential assessment.