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Private and licensed investigators need accurate, reliable, and fast data to solve cases faster. They need data like deceased records, background checks, identity verification and authentication, forensic evidence, etc.

With job-specific data and analysis tools like Enformion,  licensed investigators can access a wealth of accurate and reliable data in one go. They can then use the data to identify, interpret and analyze specific facts of a case. This way, they can free up their time to focus on other critical tasks. As a result, they get to solve cases faster.

This article will highlight some common assignments that take up much of the investigator’s time. Later on, we will look at a tool that can help investigators close cases faster and improve their bottom line.

Surveillance

Surveillance is one of the core duties of a licensed investigator. It involves tracking the target to document and determine contacts, activities, and interactions. Following subjects without being noticed or losing them is not only hard but also long and tedious. On average, a case may take about 11 hours to complete – though some take longer.

Investigators often document divorce and insurance cases. But they may also monitor driving habits in a company vehicle, employee computer usage, and other activities to improve efficiency and proper usage of company equipment.

Skip tracing, locate people of interest

Professional licensed investigators can help track fugitives and return them to justice. They can also locate people with financial responsibilities like those who don’t honor the child support or divorce rulings, defaulting debtors, or heirs to estates who are not aware of their inheritance.

Skip tracing involves running background searches, researching records, talking to informants and witnesses, and engaging in surveillance to learn about the target. With so much going into the process, tracking down individuals might take a few hours to days or even months. It all boils down to the amount of actionable intelligence an investigator has.

Background checks

Licensed investigators can check facts, interpret information and join up the disparate pieces to form a fuller picture so that their client learns the truth about who they’re dealing with. They can look into someone’s personal, professional and criminal history to explore what disapproves or validates their identity and character. A background check may dive into employment history, criminal record, personal references, civil records, and an education check.

A criminal background check done by a professional investigator may reveal critical information, including that one didn’t get a degree from a college he claimed, that a competitor has hired him, or he has a criminal conviction that wasn’t disclosed. Background checks may take a few hours to a few weeks.

Litigation support

Investigators perform litigation support to ensure that all avenues are pursued, and all interviews, information, evidence, connections, and documentation are thoroughly gathered to help an attorney’s efforts. PIs aid in divorce and discovery cases, employment law, criminal defense, liability defense, and tort actions. Litigation support may take days to weeks, depending on the case and available intelligence.

How to close cases faster while improving the bottom line

Professional investigators are a great resource for finding pieces to a puzzle. But the work that goes into the process can take hours, days, and even months.

Luckily, some tools can help investigators save time and close cases faster. Information is one such tool. It has billions of data points from thousands of sources that let investigators find the information they need in one place. With Enformion, investigators can analyze connections between people. The tool supplies data and discerns relationships and patterns in the data to help investigators reach logical conclusions.

Investigators can also use the tool to learn more about suspects or witnesses. They can determine if a person was where they said they were and when. They will also analyze whether other aspects in the person’s life make them a suspect. This includes financial concerns or criminal history that would potentially make them a person of interest in a private investigation.

Contact us today to learn more about how Enformion can help accelerate workflow for your practice.