Best of 2012: Our 7 Favorite Private Investigator Sites
Posted by Writing PIs on December 12, 2012
We like writing about private investigations here at Guns, Gams, and Gumshoes, and we also like reading about private investigations at other PIs’ and investigation-related sites. Below are seven of our favorite sites to visit — not meant to be all-inclusive, just a sampling of some of our picks. Note to writers: if you’re crafting a private eye character/story, these are excellent research sites to learn more about the real world of PIs.
PIBuzz.com, edited by Tamara Thompson, a highly respected California private investigator known for her expertise in Internet data gathering, genealogical and adoption research, witness background development and locating people . One of our favorite offerings from her site are her near-monthly listings of “Private Investigator Research Sites.” Twitter handle: @PIbuzz
Diligentia Group, a boutique investigative firm that provides services to law firms, financial institutions, and decision makers who require comprehensive background and due diligence investigations. A wealth of articles on this site, from “101 Things a Private Investigator Can Do” to “Finding Hidden Assets (and a Bloody Sock) in UCC Filings.” Follow @b_willingham on Twitter
Sherlock’s Case Files. Written by Skipp Porteous, a New York PI who specializes in wiretap and “bug” detection. Also the co-author of Into the Blast: The True Story of D.B. Cooper. Follow @Number1PI on Twitter.
Mike Spencer of Spencer Elrod Services, Inc., Private Investigations in the San Francisco Bay Area. Spenser, a former journalist, writes informative, relevant and sometimes downright entertaining articles about the profession at his blog Private Eye Confidential. Follow him on Twitter at @SpencerPI
Sequence, Inc. Tracy L Coenen, CPA and CFF, specializes in forensic accounting and writes informative articles on this topic, from “Techniques Used to Hide Income and Assets in Divorce Cases” to “Are Your Employees Committing Fraud?”
PINow.com articles: PINow.com is an advertising site for private investigators that also includes a section on investigative articles. Some are written by professional PIs, others are links to articles about investigations. Twitter handle: @PInow
Pursuit Magazine: This online mag/trade journal is also an online community for private investigators, legal professionals and those in the protective services industry. They post articles on investigative trends, techniques and tools. Follow @PursuitMag on Twitter.
Shout-Out to Corra Group. This California-based organization specializes in background checks and pre-employment screening. We’ve sub-contracted work to this organization in the past, and they’ve always been professional, timely and easy to work with. They used to have more articles on their site, but there’s still several (click here to read articles). Twitter handle: @corragroup
Have a great week, Writing PIs
- Two Nonfiction Books About the Real World of Private Eyes (writingpis.wordpress.com)
- Should You Hire a Private Detective to Watch Your Spouse at a Holiday Party? (writingpis.wordpress.com)
- Can a Minor Hire a Private Detective? (writingpis.wordpress.com)