Re: Nationwide Criminal Search - Case AND REAL LESSONS In Point
- --- In firstname.lastname@example.org, Glad4JC@... wrote:
> Thanks Bill for reminding us all of these especially those of us who
> into technology and the internet. I am being hired as we speak on acase that
> another investigator is losing because he did not apply the old gumshoe
> surveillance and or interviewing techniques but tried to do thewhole case from
> his computer.I think in todays world, the Private Investigator has to be pretty
adept in BOTH areas of investigation. He or she has to be
knowledgeable in the "digital world" AND has to be willing to "scuff
up" his or her shoes a little. I remember the days of having to pull
information from the court house (if you wanted the information, you
drove to the courthouse, or got it through fax or mail from the court
house). Now, with all of the records that are on-line life is a little
easier, and information flows a little faster. Knowing how to maneuver
in that "digital world" can give one an edge.
Not knowing how to work in the field (surveillance, interviews,
"garbage collection", etc., etc.) takes that edge away. The computer
won't let you see that data that your subject just discarded to the
trash in many cases, or won't let you see that certain "facial tick"
that tells you the person you are interviewing is hiding something or
lying, or won't let you see that subject working in the yard when he
or she is supposed to have a hurt back.
If I had to ask for an example of why both areas of investigation are
important, I'd ask Bill to explain to us why he took the time and
spent the money to learn computer forensics and get certified with
Encase? My GUESS would be that while Bill is "old school" (and I mean
that in a good way), and probably one of the best P.I.s that I know
of, he saw a need to learn more about digital evidence and its uses in
the court room since it seems that the trend these days for the
prosecution is to always attempt to try to gather this type of
evidence. This can be seen in the increase in computer seizures when a
person is charged with a crime.
Most of my money is made in computer crimes cases. I have a very good
team that works with me on these cases, and we enjoy a pretty decent
success rate. But, we never overlook the fact that often times it is
necessary to come out from behind the computer and "scuff up" our
shoes a little.
In these days and times though, no matter what type of P.I. work you
are doing, the computer is an important tool, even if it only means
knowing how to choose and use a good case management system. The
computer makes our work a lot faster, and therefore enables us to
handle more cases, and make more money; often times.
I think both "gumshoe investigation skills" and "digital investigation
skills" are equally important in today's world.
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