Investigators at sea

Do detectives frequent luxury liners outside of Agatha Christie mystery novels? Not usually. That’s about to change, however, thanks to California and Arizona licensed Private Investigator, owner of Allen Investigations, LLC and now P.I. Cruises creator, Debra Allen.

Although the retired law enforcement officer’s new initiative isn’t launching without pushback ––a few naysayers have actually expressed concern regarding the potential impact on the field’s credibility— that isn’t stopping private investigators from working Labor Day, Columbus Day and Veterans Day cruises to The Bahamas, Alaska and Mexico into their schedules.

The concept of training vacations is “new to PIs but not new to mortgage lenders, Bankers are Realtors.” Allen points out that it’s a great way to — More—

Using the Series 2 Apple Watch as a Private Investigator

If you’re looking for an excuse to invest in a Series 2 Apple Watch (which run as high as $399) and do surveillance work, Emmy Award winner investigator, Brian Bates of Bates Investigates has just scripted your justification -I mean- tax write-off for you.

“The primary reason I justified the price is the fact it works very well as a covert audio recorder. You can easily pay $200+ for a quality audio-only watch audio recorder. I’d rather spend the money on an Apple Watch that does much more and is superior in quality. Sure, cell phones record audio – but they are widely recognized as audio recorders and people are on alert for them. To me, in my work, a covert audio record is indispensable.”

Bates had also purchased the version 1 iteration when that came out however he returned it after two weeks. Generation 2, by contrast is

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A visit to the international spy museum in Washington, D.C.

The International Spy Museum in Washington, D.C. is one-third theme park, one-third History Channel documentary and one third behemoth shrine to every imaginable type of gadgetry that you may or may not have imagined.

On the outside It’s a corner building near to the Shakespeare Theater and the Smithsonian National Portrait Gallery where you enter through the gift shop. Did I mention a lot of gadgetry?

Interactive elements make the museum exceptionally kid-friendly. And they seem to have all kinds of educational outreach initiatives going on. But back to the gadgetry, which isn’t only hard to take in but difficult to focus on due to the — More—

Apps for private investigators: Dark Sky weather prediction software’s unique “time machine” feature

Working on a slip and fall case that requires data specifying what the weather in Englewood was on a specific day a year and a half ago? What about that ten month old personal injury investigation that requires evidence of a Colorado Springs hailstorm at a specific time on a specific date? Was it truly a dark and story night in Westminster on leap day five years back or is a witness’ testimony questionable?

The Dark Sky website, funded through ongoing Kickstarter donations, provides fast and free access to weather data. It’s unique selling point is it’s accurate hyperlocal weather prediction abilities so while you may find it useful for figuring out whether or not rain will prevent you from flying a drone in your Highlands Ranch yard in the next five minutes, what provides the most value to private investigators is the option to punch in the date and location of your choosing using the “time machine” feature.

You can access the “time machine feature” by — More—

Accident investigation intensive for Colorado private investigators and attorneys

Has anyone taken the time to walk you through the state-of-the-art traffic accident reconstruction technologies now available? If you are a Colorado private investigator or lawyer who would like to get a better grasp on FARO 360 and how 3D laser scanners can be used, here’s your chance.

ACTAR (Accreditation Commission for Traffic Accident Reconstruction) certified re constructionist, Michael Miranda will teach day-long intensives for PIs and attorneys starting this month. The first course is being held in Colorado Springs and is worth 8 C.L.E. credits Denver and Ft Collins workshop dates will follow soon.

After Miranda retired from a long-time Colorado State Trooper career in 2008, he set up shop as a Monument based private investigator. Altogether he has — More—

Top ten spy strategies we used from Spy in the Wild on PBS Nature

The series finale of PBS Nature’s Spy in the Wild series: meet the spies just concluded on Rocky Mountain PBS and it wasn’t really a spy show. For any Colorado private investigator interested in the present and future of the surveillance, however, this will be a fascinating watch.

If you’re an under cover operative, even better. There is, in fact, so much to be gained from observing the dynamics of the animal world you would probably have a difficult time persuading yourself not to binge watch now that the series itself has aired and is available online in its entirety.

After spending the last few weeks watching and making observations we compiled a list of the top spy skills the show taught us for the Denver private investigator community . We assume no responsibility for — More—

Black History Month – double agent James Armistead

By Susanna Speier
Denver Private Investigator Blogger

For the last day of Black History month we’re playing tribute to double agent, James Armistead. Born into slavery James Armistead was owned by William Armistead, who granted him permission to join the American Continental Army where the Marquis de Lafayette urged him to pose as a runaway slave so he could join the British army and gather enemy intelligence.

After securing the trust of British officer’s Benedict Arnold and British General Charles Cornwallis, Armistead guided British troops through the Virginia thoroughfares he’d grown up navigating, while listening in on officer discussions regarding upcoming raids and battle plans. Most of the time he actually listened in plain view of British officers –who didn’t regard him as a threat– and then delivered intelligence reports to Lafayette before returning to British headquarters to gather more intelligence.

One of Armistead’s detailed reports, dated July 31, 1781, provided the intelligence that Washington and Lafayette used to — More—