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Lead Generators

Lead Generators and how they work.

From time to time I encounter a client who has unknowingly retained a private investigator in Costa Rica via a lead generator. There are several that are online and hold themselves out to be large concerns having a plethora of qualified private investigators. Truth be known, most of these lead generators have contacted someone out of the blue and recruited them to work at a fraction of what the lead generators quote.

The quality and the experience of such hired private investigators is not verified, so, when you hire a lead generator to farm your work out you are rolling the dice. I know that their websites claim that they use only licensed private investigators and only after they have completed a rigorous background check. News Flash !! There is no licensing authority in Costa Rica and no governmental oversight. Therefore, how can these so called private investigators be vetted by the lead generators? There are only two “licensed” private investigators in Costa Rica and both hold licenses in their respective home states. The rest are scammers or at best highly questionable.

The reason I bring this to your attention is that there is something inherently unethical about misrepresenting private investigation services to a largely uninformed client. Most that I encounter are unsure of the process as they have never used the services of a private investigator. This type of misrepresentation is taking advantage of an unsuspecting client that is relying on the information they read on the internet to make an informed decision. It is similar to the guy that is in a neighboring country, that continues to hold himself out as being in Costa Rica when he, in fact, was deported and cannot return to Costa Rica.

Lead generators ethically and professionally are nothing more than marketers. No one is suggesting that they don’t have a right to advertise and attempt to promote their services, but deception and misrepresentation of the facts is just plan wrong.

 

Surveillance Expectations versus Reality

When it comes to surveillance expectations versus reality it is usually in the eye of the beholder as to the degree of success a private investigator will enjoy.

Surveillance is not a science it is an art. By and large, the success of a surveillance depends on the observer. And perhaps even greater by the environment surrounding the surveillance. Many who call to have a surveillance conducted have never done so before. With that comes a variety of questions and assumptions about the surveillance process. Thus, surveillance expectations should be tempered with reasonable goals. Getting video of infidelity in a bedroom will not happen,

Expectations

It has been my experience that the decision to watch someone comes quickly. Usually when something happens in a relationship that triggers a suspicion or furthers a previous suspicion. Professionals know that last minute surveillances are a challenge as there is little or no time to plan and prepare.  Planning a surveillance well in advance of the actual operation is always best. This allows the investigator to take tactical advantage of the circumstances that the case presents. This is particularly true in Costa Rica as the distance the team must travel in order to arrive at the surveillance destination is sometimes between four to six hours.

Reality

For example, many of the resorts in Costa Rica, Colombia and Ecuador have a gated and guarded entrance. Accessing these as a non-guest is very difficult. If the target of a surveillance has given information about the location they will be staying sufficiently in advance of arrival, it allows the investigator and his team to make reservations at the same location and allows for surveillance that will be very successful. It also permits for the surveillance team to access the resort at will thus making the chances of success much greater.

A professional will have a  surveillance team. Organizing and placing agents in locations that give the best vantage is essential to a successful surveillance. So-called investigators that try and do this alone are doomed to failure. Today,   awareness of what is going on in the immediate area and seeing the same face too often will alert a target of being watched.

Travel Tips from a Costa Rica Private Investigator

Travel Tips from a Costa Rica Private Investigator

Frog Costa RicaAs the most trusted and reliable Costa Rica Private Investigator, The following travel tips from a Costa Rica Private Investigator will save you time and money.   During your visit to this country. By knowing these you may avoid problems. Before traveling outside your native country to another country you should prepare yourself.  Costa Rica is no different. Learning about Costa Rica before you go can prevent common problems or confusion.  Cultures vary throughout the world and sometimes a simple misunderstanding can become a big deal.  Learning about the basic life, culture and laws of a country you are traveling to can help you to be prepared and have an enjoyable vacation. The basic things you need to know include how to get around, business hours and various other points.

Once you get to Costa Rica you need to know how to get around from place to place, especially if Juan Santamaria IA photo insideyou are not within walking distance of your destination.  Buses are the main form of transportation. It is the most cost efficient and easiest way to get around.  Do be aware that the buses in Costa Rica are small and sometimes cramped.  You will not be able to take along luggage and if you need a lot of legroom you will be in trouble.  Another form of transportation is a rental car.  They are quite more expensive and you need to have insurance that will cover the rental car in case of an accident.  Also know that most rental cars are standards, so if you do not know how to drive one you may be out of luck.  Business hours in Costa Rica are much like that in the United States.  Typically, they run from 8 or 9 AM to 3 or 5 PM.  Everyday a lunch break takes place between noon and 2PM.  Also on Sundays, most places will be closed.

Costa Rica runs on Central Standard time, which means some of those traveling from the US may get to avoid jet lag all together.  The healthcare system in Costa Rica is very advanced.  They have an excellent system that offers up-to-date medical care in modern hospitals.  You can most often find doctors that speak English as well.  These basic facts will help you to get used to life in Costa Rica, but there are some more things you should get to know.

In Costa Rica there are some legal things you need to know.  If you are renting a car, be aware that Costa Rica is a good place to have an accident.  Drivers here rank low for auto accident rates. The speed limits are posted either on signs or painted on the pavement and you should always be aware of them. The speed limits range from 45 to 55 MPH in general.   Costa Rica laws require that all luggage is screened through customs and declarations must be filled out for certain items like food and anything valuable.  Alcohol is legal for those over the age of eighteen.  Also be aware that prostitution is legal in Costa Rica for those over eighteen. When you are ready to leave Costa Rica you should know you will be required to pay an exit fee approx. 27.00.  These helpful hints about legal do’s and don’ts will help you avoid problems while in Costa Rica.

All Costa Rica Hotels Are Not The Same

Hotels mapIt is always nice to know about little things that are often overlooked on travel websites or in brochures.  The water heaters in hotels in Costa Rica are not like those in the United States.  You will find they are mostly plastic tubes with an electrical gadget in the nozzle.  This means hot water may not always be hot.  The busiest time in Costa Rica is during what is called the high season.  The high season is between December and May.  You may find that getting reservations can be difficult during this time. Any Costa Rica Private Investigator that recommends a specific hotel is probably getting a kick back. Also, some of the hotels I have seen recommended by less than professional private investigators leave a lot to be desired. Generally the hotels here are clean, but many of the amenities you may be accustomed to may not be available. It has been my experience that id you stay at a branded hotel you more than likely will be satisfied. You usually do not have to tip while out in Costa Rica.  A 10% tip is added to your bill. Another good thing to know is that the sewer systems can handle toilet paper unlike those in other countries. The water system in Costa Rica is treated and safe to drink. The electricity in Costa Rica is the same as in the United States.  They do not use the grounding prong in some locations, so be aware of the need for adapters for this reason.  Dancing is big in Costa Rica and you can find dance clubs all over.  Laundry mats are not common in Costa Rica.  Most people send their laundry out to be washed. Some vacation rentals offer a washer/dryer as an amenity.  These helpful little hints can help you get through your vacation without a mishap. Costa Rica is a lovely, peaceful country.  There is a lot to see and do.  Once you have decided on Costa Rica get to know a little more about the country so you can enjoy everything it has to offer. For more information, visit or call Cody Gear.com We are the most reliable, trustworthy and affordable private investigators in Costa Rica. Call us today 321-218-9209