Look for clues when interviewing potential candidates. If you hear anything to suggest dishonest practices, use of illegal equipment, disrespectful comments about previous clients or colleagues, or patronizing or derogatory references toward women, minorities, or animals, think twice before revealing sensitive information or giving your money away. What will such an investigator or the agency have to say or do about you, your case and your entrusted information? What will happen if things go wrong? You want someone who will not dump you in the middle, who will not rip you off and who will conduct all investigative and business activities with your interests in mind, respectfully and professionally.
It isn’t uncommon for many investigators to be late to the location, leave during a shift, or watch movies, read or be busy with their personal lives in the vehicle while on surveillance, and thus miss the subject’s activities. There are also those who claim to have interviewed or surveilled the subject or the witness, but in reality were on another case or running errands. Finally, there are even those who after receiving your money, will go to the investigated party and offer to engineer the case for another fee.