Movies and televisions shows have sensationalized the gadgets of private investigators to a level similar to that of international spies in the same media. While the reality is not as exciting or action packed, private investigators still have access to impressive technology that makes their job easier. These gadgets range from everyday appliances to specialized equipment. Here are just a few of the gadgets available to private investigators.
- Smartphones – There are a multitude of apps available for the everyday smartphone. Video and audio recording applications are useful for capturing important information without standing out with larger equipment. Being able to access the internet while traveling also takes work out of gathering information on the fly.
- Specialty recording equipment – Although smartphones are simple and easy to move around, some jobs will require more powerful equipment. High definition cameras can capture shots from greater distances and with sharper quality than smartphones. Certain audio devices can be hidden or placed indiscreetly to gather information.
- Handheld weaponry – This isn’t paramount to gathering information but private investigators interact with, or confront various people on the job. Their safety should be their number one priority. Keeping a sidearm handy can be useful in case a situation escalates in an unsavory direction.
- Laptops – Laptops can contain a plethora of useful software that is easy to take traveling. Audio and video editing programs can take in information collected from other devices and clean them up to make the important information clearer. Laptops also act as reliable storage devices for digital copies of information collected from the internet or along the course of an investigation.
You don’t need access to a camera pen or lipstick taser to become a successful private investigator. The National Investigative Training Academy, Inc. offers online courses to get you started on the path of becoming a private investigator. To find out more information, visit our website or call us at 1-800-730-NITA(6482) today.
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