Free Private Investigator Tools
By Keith Perry
Private investigators investigate people, organizations and companies. Investigations include researching personal data such as age, martial status, birthplace, address and phone number. Criminal history may be revealed along with discovery of personal assets. Professional private investigators will utilize all the tools available to provide as much information as possible, allowing them to create a complete picture. Many tools are available online.
Finding a person is often a key part of the investigator's mission. Online sites like PIPL and ZabaSearch return a great deal of information with minimal effort. Both of these sites allow searches by either a partial or full name. Filtering of search results can be performed by using geographical information. Information returned may include address, phone number, age, birth date and email addresses. People search sites are a great starting point for investigation.
Court Information Search
Many states, counties or cities provide information regarding criminal proceedings and civil court filings free online. The court of the clerk for a city or county will often have a link to an online system for public searches of court documents. Searching the counties or cities closest to the subject being investigated will often yield results. These online repositories can be found by entering the county or city name and "clerk of courts" into a popular search engine such as Yahoo or Google.
Property records are very useful to show residence, track down a person or determine net worth. These records are available through the tax collector for a county or city. Often the tax collector's office will provide a search facility to find these documents on their websites. This office can be found by performing a web search for the tax collector's office or public property appraiser in the area where the investigated person may own property. This information may include the number of properties owned, value and, in some cases, diagrams of the floor plan.
General search engines such as Bing or Google can provide information about businesses and people. Data from these search engines may include business information such as number of employees, business type and location. Mapping functions on these search engines may provide either aerial or street level pictures of the location of the investigated. This may provide information about the subject's vehicles or possessions.
Keith Perry has been an employee and contractor for several large companies in various information-technology jobs. He holds an executive Master of Business Administration from Jacksonville University with an undergraduate degree in computer science from University of North Florida. He began writing for Lotus Notes Advisor and Mobile Advisor publications in 1998.