Missing person cases are much more common than you might think. In fact, over ¾ of a million people go missing each year.
Unfortunately, at least 300,000 of those are minors. You might have heard that the first 48 hours in a missing person case are the most vital: what you have heard is true.
Rather than relying solely on the police, you can kick things into gear much more quickly with the help of a private security investigation.
When is it worth calling an investigator?
If you have any cause for concern, then a private security investigation team should be your first port of call. This might mean looking for a runaway teenager, a father avoiding child support, someone trying to avoid trial, as well as people who are simply lost or, in the direst scenarios, suspected kidnappings.
Regardless of the motive or circumstances of the situation, if you have any concern for the safety or wellbeing of the person in question, then an investigation is warranted.
The benefits of private security investigations in missing person cases
You want to do everything that you can to find a missing person, especially in the case of a missing child.
Rather than just looking on your own, you can partner with a team that specializes in the specific type of case you are looking at, be it a lost child, suspected abduction, or even someone skipping out on court duty.
A private investigator takes various factors into account for each case. Some factors include the age of the missing person, any health conditions at play, and other risk factors. Most importantly, your investigator is your advocate. Unlike the police, who have their own criteria for operation, your investigator is your agent. Specifically, they will listen to you and will do everything they can to assure a favorable outcome.
Of course, private investigators operate within the bounds of the law, as well. You want to make sure that you are not jeopardizing your own efforts by stepping on the toes of the police. Many investigators have police training or experience to ensure they handle the case with care. However, they are not always being restrained by the law enforcement’s regulations that can stop you from getting the full benefits of a police officer’s training.
The skills we use to locate a missing person
The specifics of the skills that we use in missing person cases can change a lot depending on the specifics of the case. However, we are highly trained in comprehensive physical searches, be it on land, sea, or air. We work with a network of other investigators and informants that can give us insights that allow us to better narrow our search and find new leads. We also use state-of-the-art surveillance equipment, as well as access to hospital records, mortuary records, and background checks, so that every witness and avenue of information is thoroughly searched.
If you’re in those vital hours after a missing person case first comes to light, then be sure to get in touch with Main Security and Investigations. We can help you get searching with the full extent of our skills.
To learn more about what we can do to help, call us today at 281-574-1871.