Private investigators often refer to cases involving finding lost, stolen, unclaimed or hidden property as “locate investigations”. While it’s possible, but difficult, to narrow down your property search via publicly available information on the internet, having a private investigator can be critical to finding and securing the property in question.
Law enforcement agencies often lack the time and resources needed to fully investigate property claims. While it’s possible to narrow down property searches publicly, information available publicly is limited, often out-of-date, and difficult to find. Hiring a private investigator can be critical to success in these cases.
What is a Property Locate Investigation?
The purpose of a property locate investigation is to find and identify unclaimed, lost, abandoned or stolen property, and to obtain evidence that results in the property’s return to its rightful owner.
- Stolen Property: If you have been the victim of a theft, your first move should be to contact the police and file a report. However, since law enforcement agencies often lack the time and resources needed to fully investigate, a private investigator can help. Investigators in the Trustify network will collect all information available regarding your stolen items, the premises from which they were stolen, the identity of possible suspects, and more. They will also review all information and evidence gathered by law enforcement. In many cases, the key to recovering stolen property will be to locate the person or persons responsible for the theft.
- Unclaimed, Lost, and Abandoned Property: Trustify investigators can help you locate property deemed unclaimed, lost or abandoned, such as:
- Unclaimed paychecks
- Insurance policy proceeds
- Tax refunds
- Money in dormant bank or savings accounts
- Stock in forgotten brokerage accounts
- Unclaimed security deposits
Starting a Property Locate Investigation
Locating property with Trustify is fast and simple. There are four basic steps locate investigation process:
1. Request a Consultation: Submit your case online or by phone to schedule your consultation. We'll ask for the details we need to get your case matched with an investigator and provide a cost estimate for your case.
2. Consult With a Private Investigator: A licensed private investigator will contact you to talk to you about the purpose and goals of the investigation, and to collect any relevant information about your case. They’ll discuss the details of your case and ask you a number of important questions, including:
- What is your connection to the missing property?
- How long and under what circumstances has the property been missing?
- What information do you currently possess that might help us in locating the missing property?
- Have you contacted law enforcement? If so, is there a police report?
3. Investigation in Progress: Once approved by you, your investigator will begin the investigation. Methods and techniques employed during the investigation will vary depending on the specifics of your case and the laws of the applicable jurisdictions, but may include:
- Records Search: Investigators typically begin by accessing a variety of records & resources, such as: deeds, tax records, court (criminal and civil) records, business and financial records, as well as a number of specialty databases not available to members of the general public
- Background Investigation: Along with a records search, a background investigation of the subject may include interviews with family members, friends, neighbors, business associates, and others.
- Surveillance: In some cases, investigators may conduct physical surveillance of locations to locate and help recover lost property.
4. Case Updates & Final Report: Your investigator will keep you informed of any and all important developments throughout the course of your property locate investigation, and provide you with a final written report summarizing all findings at the investigation’s conclusion. In addition, your private investigator may be available to testify on your behalf in a court of law, if necessary and agreed-upon before the start of the investigation.
What Investigators Will Not Do
Trustify and the private investigators in its network are bound to follow the law and the ethical standards of their profession at all times. Your investigator, therefore, will never attempt to obtain documents or property whose access is restricted.