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Don't Take Everything At Face Value

Posted by Christine Burke on Tuesday, August 30, 2016, In : Background Checks 


Wow, I can't believe it's been since June that I have posted here....I have been busy on our FaceBook page, LinkedIn and on YouTube so if you haven't been there yet, you're missing out.

Okay, back to the task at hand.....I get calls every day with situations where people thought that people, or situations, were different than they turned out to be. It sucks, frankly, and I do my best to get answers and help pick up the pieces.

Another call today, from a landlord that needed assistance with a ju...

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The Police Report As An Aid To Your Investigation

Posted by Christine Burke on Tuesday, March 15, 2016, In : private investigation 

As a private investigator, do you view the police department as friend or foe? For me, as a former police officer, I have a unique perspective on the job of officers and the private and public scrutiny that goes with it. I support our guys and gals in blue, because until you have walked in someone's shoes....you know how the saying goes. With that said, frequently a lot of people I meet during the course of my work discount what the police department and its members have to offer in the way o...


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What's the Cost? Pay now or pay later.

Posted by Christine Burke on Sunday, August 16, 2015, In : private investigation 


As I'm sure with many professions, I get asked the question, "What does it cost to do a background check?" or "How much do you charge for this?" 

A recent posting in our investigator forum was talking about a new service whereby investigators would work at a set rate, which is at least 2/3rd's lower than my rate. And, from the comments on the post, I gather it was well below what those investigators were charging too.

If you were going in to have a serious surgery or procedure done, let's say b...
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What Is Due Diligence?

Posted by Christine Burke on Thursday, May 28, 2015, In : Background Checks 


I was talking recently with a client and we were discussing due diligence. In this case, the client had to sue a customer to recover money owed to the client. Of course, future preventative measures came up, which led us to the subject of due diligence.

Merriam-Webster has two definitions for due diligence, ":  the care that a reasonable person exercises to avoid harm to other persons or their property, :  research and analysis of a company or organization done in preparation for a business tr...
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Clear As Mud - Some Legal Terms To Consider In A Background Check

Posted by Christine Burke on Tuesday, February 3, 2015, In : Background Checks 


While recently conducting a background investigation, I was seeking information for a client to determine if a particular applicant had ever been served with a criminal summons, questioned, arrested, taken into custody, indicted, charged with, tried for, pleaded guilty to or been convicted or, or ever been the subject of an investigation concerning the violation of any law, statute, ordinance, rule, regulation, or canon and it references including all incidents, however trivial, whether guilt...
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Job Applicants and Due Diligence

Posted by Christine Burke on Monday, January 19, 2015, In : Workplace Investigations 


Are you in charge of your hiring? Have you really reviewed your job application and hiring process to ensure you are asking the right questions?


Not too long ago I was at a client site for a workplace investigation. Unfortunately they had an issue and we were looking at several employees to attempt to determine if they were involved. 

In reviewing one employee's application, we found that they had been "let go" from a past employer and many dates of employment only listed the years and not the ...
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Should You Conduct A Background Check On A New Tenant?

Posted by Christine Burke on Monday, January 19, 2015, In : Background Checks 


ABSOLUTELY!
I can't tell you how many times I get calls from customers for assistance in serving papers for eviction and forcible detainer actions or requests for help to locate assets or debtors. When I ask the question, "Did you conduct a background check prior to renting to them?", the answer is always a regretful NO!

I can understand how it is when you are trying to rent your property and need to find a tenant. Most folks are usually renting a property to make money and don't want to spend...
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Christine Burke, Private Investigator Welcome to my blog! It seems that every time I meet someone and tell them my profession, I get the "Wow, that must be so cool" or "I always wanted to be a private investigator" or "Where were you when I needed you", "What types of things do you investigate" and most of all, "Can you help me with...." I thought that this blog might be a good way to answer these questions and more. Please feel free to comment or send me your question!

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