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Let out a loud Ric Flair WOOOO! Radio: PI is back! In the 2014-2015 debut episode of the Radio: PI Podcast Network flagship program, Mike "the Buzz-saw" Asti steps in the Pens Initiative ring, grabs the mic, and spits fire. Brian Keenan, a PI staff writer, joins Mike for some broadcast gold.
Fan favorite and Pittsburgh Tribune-Review Penguins beat writer, THE Josh Yohe helps the guys preview the upcoming season. What grade do they give new GM Jim Rutherford's first Pens offseason? Has the goal of more bottom line depth been achieved? Should a lackluster preseason cause any concern? Let me rephrase, any rational concern (gotta account for the Yinzers and buffoons out there)? How does the entire NHL landscape impact the Penguins quest to reclaim Lord Stanley's Cup?
The puck drops on another season of Pittsburgh Penguins hockey and Radio: PI via PensInitiative.com on the Radio: PI Podcast Network.
When Does Surveillance Become Stalking?
What is Surveillance?
Surveillance is the close observation of a person, place, or object. It is the practice of watching a subject in order to document and identify any of the contact, interactions, or whereabouts of the subject. Surveillance investigations can include:
Missing person searches
Cheating spouse investigations
Worker's compensation cases
Surveillance is a critical skill for any private investigator (PI). In our investigative agency, over half our cases, from criminal defense to personal injury, require some degree of surveillance. For PIs who specialize in insurance or infidelity investigations, surveillance can be the bulk of their work.
Do You Know What Your Clients are Saying About You?
Do You Know What Your Clients Are Saying
Because I do. Well, probably not you specifically but I get calls every week from prospective clients that begin with a complaint of the first PI they called or hired. In the interest of personal development, a closer look at a few common complaints I hear may be insightful.
“The last place wouldn’t even quote me a solid price.”
If you deal with new calls that are not from attorneys or other service firms, the client’s number one concern at the start of the call is likely how much your service is going to cost. Your client wants to know that your fee is reasonable for the service you provide and that they are not going to be ripped off or scammed in any way.
This may not be the most common complaint I hear about other PI’S but it is one you can easily avoid by being transparent. Gather the information you need to quote a price to get the job done and quote a firm price. If there will likely be additional fees, especially if the amount is unknown, make sure your client understands this up front and save frustration down the road. Under-Promise and Over-Deliver.
The tightrope walk is often about securing a fair price for your time and energy without scaring away your prospect. I have found that the secret to overcoming a client’s possible “sticker shock” when you talk money is to show your client as much value as you can before you quote your fee. If your client trusts that you are the right person for the job, the exact dollar amount becomes much less important to them.
Insurance fraud is big business in the U.S. How big? About $80 billion dollars a year—that's an average of $950 for each American family—according to the Coalition Against Insurance Fraud whose members represent insurance companies, consumer groups, and government agencies.
The most obvious cost to consumers appears as higher premiums, because insurers pass on the cost of insurance fraud to policy holders. But consumers pay for insurance fraud in other ways, too. The cost of consumer goods and services rises when manufacturers, service providers, and merchants pass through their increased insurance costs. Fraudulent insurance investment schemes rob Americans, particularly the elderly, of hard earned savings. Staged auto accidents and arson not only destroy property but endanger lives.
What is insurance fraud?
When a Client Asks a Private Investigator to Do Something Illegal?It’s a common, media-driven misconception about private investigators: that they either can obtain private information or that they are willing to break the law in order to get it. Many people do not realize that there are laws surrounding audio and video surveillance, obtaining text message and phone records, accessing bank statements and/or IRS information, medical records, and using GPS trackers ( IN NH, it is illegal to obtain Registration information)EXPLAIN!!!!. Even less understand that these regulations can vary by state. In a recent discussion, we discussed the challenge in being asked to break the law by clients and whether it’s wise to, a) Educate the client and continue working with them, b) Sever ties completely, or c) Try to find a way to legally obtain the information.A number of points were raised, including the economic hardships some private investigators face, the negative effect this scenario can have on one’s reputation, and the public’s perception of members of the profession. Regardless, most investigators share that illegal requests are a common occurrence, largely due to media-based misconceptions, a misunderstanding of what is and is not legal, and, in some scenarios, the potential client looking to obtain the information by any means possible.Refusing to Work With the client
David and I will discuss where the Private Investigation field is headed, innovations and what is HOT in demand.
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It was a big week for the Penguins and the Pens Initiative crew. This week, Brian, Paul and Mad Chad tied up Nick Case and took over the Radio: PI Studios.
Of course, before they did that, Nick had a chance to talk with Pens beat writer, Rob Rossi of The Trib. Hear that interview and more right here on the Radio: PI Podcast Network.
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