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Challenges Facing a New York City Private Investigator

By Steven Santarpia

Getting one investigator to work a surveillance in New York City is like rolling the dice – no matter how “good” the private investigator is, there are too many elements for something to go wrong.  More often than not, one investigator working a surveillance in Manhattan is a recipe for defeat. When a client explains that they have a limited budget. I state most clients wind up paying more money in the end when they choose to have only one private investigator work a surveillance.

First Scenario

One Investigator (on-foot)

The subject lives in an apartment building. You hang around the area waiting for the subject to leave the building. Finally, the subject leaves the apartment building, walks to the corner. You follow him on foot. He hails a cab. Now you have to hail a cab before him or he’s gone. Usually, he’s gone. So you waited all day for him to leave and in 2 seconds he’s gone.

cab

Second Scenario

One Investigator (in-vehicle)

First you TRY to get a parking spot – that’s just the first obstacle to overcome. Most people who live in Manhattan don’t own a car and use public transportation. You observe the subject leave, you start to follow him, he then walks down a one-way street which you can’t drive down. You then have to circle the block which can take 10 minutes or longer. You circle the block and just like that – he is gone.  If you try to park your car and get on foot to follow him, you’ll never find a place to park (see First Scenario).

My job is to get our clients the information they need, in the most cost efficent way possible. Utiilzing two investigators when working a surveillance in NYC is a winning plan. It’s a stradegy which will give the client the best chance of getting the information that they need.

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