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Originally posted by semperfortis
Just a word of friendly advice from a fellow ATS member...
In al the states I am familiar with the law in, it is a criminal offense to practice "Private Detection" or act as a "Private Detective" for an individual or corporation without a license from the state.
I looked into the licensing here in SC and it is pretty cut and dry. If you are a former Police Officer, with at least 5 years experience, all you need to do is post a $10K Bond and obtain a business license.
If you have no police experience, you need to work for a period of time as an "Understudy" or "Apprentice" to another licensed "Private Investigator", then you can post your Bond and apply for your own license. The period of time depends on the schooling, experience etc.
Just a word of caution to any prospective investigators here that may be considering investigating someone. Look into your individual states laws and see what restrictions may apply to you.
Investigations is not as easy as just going to school. Like everything else, there is a lot of things one can only learn from experience or a good "field" teacher.
So, just be careful and check with your state laws... Semper
As the Campus Security Coordinator I would want to inform the students of how to avoid being put in a hazardous situation without scaring them into unwillingness to walk across Campus. My first suggestion for the Public Service Announcement would be that any and all students should not travel alone when walking across Campus, walking to their vehicles, or moving about on Campus in any way at night.
This being said, you will notice that I never specified that females should not do this and that I said traveling alone is suggested against. The reason for this is very specific for multiple reasons. First and foremost the assignment does not specify that male or female are being sexually assaulted. You might be laughing at this that a male would feel threatened or actually be able to be sexually assulated, but it does happen. The next reason I stated this the way I did is a gender complex issue.
If females are not traveling alone, they should be in groups of females together, or with males they know and they know they can trust 100%. In regards to males traveling together with other students, this works several ways. First, like I stated a male can be sexually assaulted, but my other reasoning which would not be explained to anyone except you reading this assignment, is that if several males are traveling together, they will be watching each others activities, they will be seen together if they are around people and more than likely someone will recognize one person out of two or three males if something does happen.
Another proactive measure would be to recommend for any and all students to have car keys in hand while they are walking to either their dorm or to their vehicle or any other part of the college Campus. This is to ensure that they are ready to go through whatever door they are going to quickly, it shows that they are alert and ready, it also makes noise so if they are one of the people sexually assaulting people on Campus it will alert someone to their presence (this part wouldn't be explained, of course), and last but not least car keys can be used as a last resort weapon if someone attackes them. I deliver pizzas for a living, and I walk across College Campuses all the time. All of these things are things I do on a daily basis to keep myself from being robbed or injured. I also train any and all new delivery drivers, especially women about these techniques to prevent harm to themselves.
There are of course other areas to consider when to comes to safety of college students on a College Campus. It can be recommended that any student desiring an escort to call Campus Security and this would utilize Campus resources in a proactive way to ensure safe passage for the students to and from their dorms. Keeping eye contact with a would-be assailant would be another recommended tactic to suggest to the students in the Public Service Announcement. This is recommended by Police Statistics as a crime deterrent. The reason for this is that if the criminal knows that he or she is being watched, and they are aware that you are aware of them that this lessens the chances of the crime actually taking place by 50%. That's a large percentage to knock the crime potential down to me.
I could literally write a 50 page assignment on this subject through having been put into or getting myself out of potentially hazardous situations as a pizza delivery driver. I will spare myself the cramps from typing so much and from boring you. A quick suggestion would to always carry a flashlight as a light source, and as a potential weapon if the need arises. Being aware of your surroundings and "taking mental possesion" of wherever you are is a great idea. Taking mental possesion is where you make yourself aware of every single person in the area you will be traveling in, noting any and all potential hazard areas IE : Dark or shaded areas, dead-end corners, or areas of seclusion, where no one can see you or hear you scream. Looking in your vehicle to make sure no one is in the vehicle before you enter it, and even looking in the refelction of the glass to see if someone is sneaking up on you is a great idea, the last part has saved me many times while deliverying pizzas.
These are all areas that I train my fellow drivers when I take on a new employee to train as a pizza delivery driver. All of what I have said are ways to keep yourself from being a "helpless victim" and being a proactively secure individual. The rising crime trend data can be used to add to this announcement by selecting statistics that show or demonstrate all of the above ideas and show how they have prevented crimes from happening. In my own personal safety this type of thinking helped me in avoiding being robbed because I saw the potential robbery before it happened. The two individuals I noticed fit the exact description of the two teens who had robbed another pizza delivery driver at gun point only three weeks prior to an incident I avoided 9 years ago. I haven't ever had that problem again, because I know what to look for proactively. I am also a Security Officer at my other job and I use these techniques to see things before they happen.
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23-5-2008 at 20:26
I saw your post about becoming a PI, but does that depend on the state?
I'm interested because I have some names I am looking for.
Plus I wold like some danger to spice up my life.
Where do I sign up?
*Edited and deleted statement that would have identified this individual*
Each state has independant laws, which the Federal Government is trying to strictly regulate.
Who are you looking for (not the names, relatives, friends, ex-g/f?) and why? With what intent and what action will that intent lead to? Sign up? For what?
There are online detective school's, which is where eventually the thread will be going to in depth. Are you only talking about looking for danger, or are you seriously seeking it? I'd make a good detective, huh?
23-5-2008 at 22:06
It actually found me, and maybe it is a bit more then I could handle or understand.
I'll tell the story for you.
*Anonymous Client's Age*, I went to *State Name*, *Company Name* in *City Name*.
There I met a man calling himself *Skip Trace Name*.
Told me I was a natural telepath and a half breed what he called a peak human.
Said he was born in *Country Name*, and had a wife in *Country Name* and *Country Name*.
Maybe a chaotic from what I learned.
Wanted me to be in the merc business and trained telepathic killer and a member of the Illuminati.
As his pawn.
He wanted to also started WW3 and US civil war in four years.
Rule the world, want immortally, etc, etc.
I don't know how, but from the guess of it.
Pretty well connected or very good lier.
But what I can tell you that I screwed up and alot of people didn't remeber what I told them the night before.
That was when I was *Anonymous Client's Age*.
Im *Anonymous Client's Age* now.
Also, my girlfriend at the time was a psi user too.
*Anonymous Client's Former Girlfriend's Name*.
She was gone as soon as I got back to *State Name*
All three (including myself) are from *State Name*.
Okay, after that, strange events happened.
Alot of people I met said I knew more then anyone else went came to this (occultic) subject.
People I didn't know.
One even said I was doing it instinctively.
That I was the key like Blade was for vamps.
That when I was in *City and State Name*.
His name was *Name*, and said he was relative of Jonh Booth who killed Lincoln.
Haven't seen him since.
Told me this guy was psi stealing from me, and I was an 'battery' for him
Now I'm in *City Name*, wondering where or what to do or what is going on.
I'm also going to let you know that I haven't given up on the idea that the world needs to change, and not for the better because of this.
And of course
23-5-2008 at 22:25
Well, what you say is pretty intense. It's not impossible to track these people down, just that it will take a lot of digging. Your first step, doing it independantly from Me, would be to buy that "Complete Idiot's Guide to Private Investigating" book. It's got website links to public records, which is where I would start off first.
Before I go on to a lot more details, I would like your permission to post these U2U's in the Detective Thread. If you're not okay with it, I will respect that, please know I will respect that. If you're okay with it, I'll use it all as an illustration of the process of doing detective work, without a license.
23-5-2008 at 22:35
Do what you want,
But until I have a clearer picture and connections to back it up, I rather have people ask me by U2U then posting it openly.
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