If you have ever wondered what kind of hours a P.I. works, here’s a recap of last week’s surveillance.
While I can’t tell the who,I can tell you that last week I started off on a possible infidelity case which required arriving at the residents of the subject at 6 a.m., seeing if the person was going where they were supposed to be going and remaining on site for about an hour after arriving. Got back home around 8:30 a.m., headed back to the last location at around 12:00 p.m., and followed the subject until returning to their residents around 3:00 p.m., returned home. I pick up a second case that evening which was a follow up on a case from back in June. I left around 7:45 p.m. to arrive at the subjects residents by 8:00 p.m. and was supposed to track them until midnight. I followed the subject to a hotel and waited until 12:30 a.m. and called it done. I was back up at 4:00 a.m. to be back on site by 5:00 a.m. on the previous case, followed the subject and remained on site until 8:00 a.m. and back home by 8:30 a.m. Back out around 12:00 p.m. to the last location, followed the subject until they arrived at a scheduled appointment and back home by around 3:30 p.m. Later that evening I was asked to work 10 hours on Saturday, the client purchased 2 nights at the same hotel starting the night before. Stayed outside the hotel for 10 hours on Saturday. Got a few days off, then back out before noon yesterday for another surveillance from 12:oo p.m. to 3:oo p.m. Had I heard my text message notification go off just after midnight, I would have be out the door this morning by 5:30 a.m. and worked until 9:00 a.m. Luckily, I work with a two other P.I.s and we sometime switch off working a case together due to availability etc.
Every case is different, it all depends on if someone has a set schedule or not that determines the amount of hours required to complete a case. The more information a potential client can provide, the better to determine what kind of surveillance is needed. If you’re doing surveillance in a hotel, you can’t be walking around with a camera taking pictures. The use of smart phones really helps when you’re up close.