Wednesday, February 11, 2015

Skip Tracing and Missing Person Investigations

The U.S. Department of Justice reports there are nearly one hundred thousand active missing person cases in the United States, and more than half of those reported are children. Private investigators are frequently hired to locate missing persons or estranged relatives. Many of the adults who become missing are not reported to police as missing person cases because the individual simply lost touch or chose to disappear for various reasons.

Each missing person case is unique, and can cost hundreds of dollars at many private investigation agencies, but not at Brian Blackwell Investigations. While many private investigation agencies charge an hourly rate or daily fee, which can end up costing the client hundreds of dollars depending on how long it takes to locate the person, at Brian Blackwell Investigations, we provide professional investigation services for a flat fee  no billing surprises for the client! We perform professional, discreet investigations for one simple flat fee.

Skip Tracing

The term skip tracing comes from the expression "to skip town." Meaning to leave in a rush,
leaving minimal clues behind for someone to "trace" the "skip" to a new location. Skip tracing is a process used to locate someone who is missing and generally requires gathering, organizing and analyzing large amounts of data on an individual to make a conclusion about where he or she is or might be. Done most commonly to locate people to rekindle relationships or handle legal and financial matters.

Anyone who has spent some time on the Internet has probably seen websites that advertise "Find anyone for $15.00" or similar such claims. These are nearly, without exception, useless. At best they will give you a list of old addresses, and often times will provide you with addresses of anyone with the targets name. At worst they will take your money and leave you nothing. Such searches will likely just confuse, rather than clarify your search efforts. It is better to hire a professional to do the investigating. Professional private investigators typically are more efficient because they have much more experience, and they often have good relationships with police or other government agencies such as we do at Brian Blackwell Investigations.

At Brian Blackwell Investigations, we have access to professional investigation databases not available to the average person that compile phone information, date of birth information, social security number information, social network information, credit information and other information about people and businesses. We don't just type in a name in our databases and hand over a report. We have a 94% success rate of locating individuals. This is accomplished by being diligent in our investigation and taking the necessary time to cross reference and double check data for accuracy. Don't waste your time and hard-earned money with online databases. They simply don't do justice to what a private investigator can accomplish.

Is There Anyone We Can't Locate?

Certainly. Individuals who frequently change their name, use aliases, change residences, or use alternate social security numbers complicate things, but it is a small percentage. We have access to data and sources to aid in our investigation that are not available to the average person, and the know-how built on over 20 years experience to locate the person you are looking for. Some individuals are harder to locate than others. Those who take extraordinary steps not to be found can require more time and work to locate than the average person. Provide as much information as you can on the individual you are looking for to help in the search. The more information you provide to us, the quicker the investigation is. Some basic information such as full name, date of birth or (approximate) age, last known address, last known employer, most recent photo, vehicle description (license plate number if you know it), and any other information you have. Even little details can prove to be beneficial.

Our Fee

Our fee structure is probably very different than what you are used to. We believe in performing investigations for a flat fee. We do this so our clients can get results without wondering what the final cost will be. While many private investigation agencies charge an hourly rate / daily rate, mileage, expenses, report costs, etc., you will know the exact cost of an investigation we perform because we charge one simple flat fee. With us, there are no hidden fees, no billing surprises. Our utmost concern is to help you, not to charge you for as many hours as possible until you run out of money.

This may seem like a strange way to conduct business, but we believe it is the best way to conduct business, the most honest way to conduct business. We believe in providing professional investigation services for a fair, equitable compensation. Our goal is to complete each case in a timely manner, and while there is no guarantee on how long a case will take to complete  because each case comes with its own unique set of challenges you can be assured we will be working on your case continually until it is concluded.

If you need help, call 1-855-445-1742  9 am - 9 pm Pacific Standard Time, or visit us at brianblackwell.biz . We guarantee professional, discreet, and reasonably priced Investigation services.

Brian Blackwell Investigations | Seattle, WA

Sunday, February 1, 2015

Billistic Safety Tips For Private Investigators

While people might have a specific idea of how private investigator's work, there's a high likelihood that such ideas are based on novels, films, and television shows – the reality of a private investigator career may be very different. Depending on the specifics of a private investigator's case, they may be required to interview people, or perform surveillance on individuals as they go about their business.

Interacting with others is where the potential for danger often lies. While private investigator's need training and licensing in most states to operate, in certain others, this is not the case, meaning untrained individuals may enter situations without knowing how to handle them best – possibly leading to trouble. Even for well-trained, licensed private investigators, some encounters lead to hostility, and they must draw on experience to find a way out. In some cases, you may even need a body armor vest (often referred to as bulletproof vests.) But how do you know which is right to keep you safe in any given situation?

Here are five tips to help you stay as safe as possible with body armor vests: whether you are familiar with the basics, or you're a novice, these five tips should boost your personal security, whatever the case.

1: Understand the Difference Between NIJ Levels

Ballistic vests are tested and rated by the National Institute of Justice (NIJ), and assigned a specific level based on the amount of protection they offer against specific firearms. This is one of the most important parts of choosing the right body armor vest – if you wear armor with a low rating, you may set yourself up for severe harm.

Body armor vests are rated in five levels: 2A, 2, 3A, 3, and 4. covering 'soft' Kevlar-only armors, and 'hard' vests incorporating ballistic plates (typically made of steel or ceramics) as well as multiple layers of Kevlar.

2: Choose Your Visibility Wisely

As private investigator's perform surveillance on an individual (such as when gathering evidence on a person believed to be cheating on their spouse), maintaining a low profile is a necessity: if the subject suspects things aren't quite right, you may scupper your case – or worse. Armor is available in both overt (worn outside) and covert styles (worn inside.)

Covert vests are designed to be more lightweight, with breathable materials for greater comfort during periods of prolonged wear. These are available up to level 3A. If you believe your subject poses such severe danger to warrant wearing the highest level of protection, you should monitor them from a distance.

3: Wear Enough Ballistic Protection to Suit Your Own Ammunition

If you are licensed to carry a firearm, make sure your vest offers enough protection to stop your ammunition – a shot may ricochet, or your firearm may fall into other hands –  It has happened to the best of them. Be prepared for all possibilities.

4: Be Exact

Proper fit is essential to ensuring your vest offers the protection you need – an  improperly sized armor can still leave you exposed to danger. Wearing an oversized vest will leave a gap between the material and torso wide enough for a bullet to pass between; it may also cause the top to push into your throat or drop as you move. On the other hand, an undersized vest may feel too tight, and leave your mobility restricted. Measure your height and chest before you order, and check your results against supplier's size chart.

5: Consider Adding Extra Protection

When ordering body armor, it is possible to add more protection to defend against blades and spiked weapons. This will add more to the cost, but could prove invaluable if you encounter an aggressive individual carrying a knife or hypodermic needle instead of a firearm. Stab and spike protection is achieved through a tight weave of Kevlar fibers, to create friction and trap pointed tips before they can tear through.

Body armor may save your life someday if you find yourself working cases involving dangerous individuals. Take the time to familiarize yourself with the options available, and the advantages each offers.


Brian Blackwell Investigations
Seattle, Washington