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Female Private Investigators: It’s All About Trust!

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Female Private Investigators: It’s All About Trust!

The Smith Investigation Agency Inc. is the largest female-owned private investigation company in Canada. Therefore, we know firsthand that women make great private investigators. While we’ve got plenty of reasons why the main reason has to do with trust. In general, people tend to trust women more than they trust men. 

This absolutely isn’t to say that men don’t make great private investigators, either. However, in some situations (and thanks to today’s stereotypes), a female private investigator can often do her job without notice. 

Interviews & Undercover: Automatic Assumptions

When a female private investigator works an undercover case or conducts interviews, it’s rare for someone to peg her as a private investigator. While it’s considered stereotyping, this automatic assumption actually gives female private investigators the upper hand. 

Here’s an example. Let’s say that two private investigators approach the same convenience store. Both private investigators want to interview the owner about a violent fight that occurred outside. The private investigators want to know the same thing: who started the fight? Both private investigators think that someone in the store likely saw something important. It might also be that the convenience store owner also has video surveillance they can use. In this scenario, one of the private investigators is a male, and the other is a female. 

If we look at response rates, there is a greater chance that the convenience store owner will give the information to the female private investigator. The reason for this has everything to do with stereotyping. People tend to trust a woman they don’t know over a man they don’t know. In addition, most women typically appear less threatening than a man. Women have a friendly face and many people will step up to help a woman if she asks for help. This isn’t to say that men can’t or won’t get any information from the convenience store owner. However, he will likely be met with suspicion or concern. A male private investigator will need to work a little bit harder to get the same information. A male private investigator will need to work harder to gain a person’s trust. 

Surveillance: Blend into the Crowd

When it comes to surveillance, women private investigators have an easier time blending in with the crowd. Again, the reason for this is that women gain the trust of people much faster than men. 

So, if you see a woman sitting in a coffee shop, chances are you aren’t going to question her presence. If you see a woman sitting alone at a bar, your interest might be piqued, but you aren’t going to think, “Oh! She’s a private investigator.” That is likely not your first assumption. A female private investigator simply blends in with the rest of the crowd. 

What this means is that a female private investigator can get a lot closer to an individual in a surveillance case. This is a great asset to any surveillance case, as sometimes a private investigator is required to get close to the target or even go undercover. If an individual even slightly suspects they are being followed or that someone they’ve met is working undercover, the case will be compromised. The private investigator will never get the information they’re looking for. Therefore, sending in or hiring a female private investigator for surveillance actually increases the odds of success. Again, this is due to the fact that a female private investigator blend into a crowd.

Of course, male private investigators can also run surveillance operations. However, a private investigator does need to know his or her strengths. A man will generally have a more difficult time blending into a crowd. He will need to run his private investigation surveillance operation much differently.  It will also likely take him more time. 

Research: Focus on the Finer Details

A huge part of the legwork for a private investigator is research. Before a private investigator jumps into a case, he or she must pull together all the facts. This requires a private investigator to do a lot of research. During this research phase, a private investigator will need to make connections, link details, and problem-solve. 

What we’ve found is that female private investigators tend to pay attention to the finer details. Those finer details often carry the truth and really help to solve the case. This isn’t to say that all men don’t pay attention to the finer details. However, as the leading female company-owned private investigation agency in Canada, it’s something that stands out on a day-to-day basis. Our female staff will often point something out about a case that a male private investigator has not considered. Female private investigators will also often pick up on details much sooner than their male colleagues. 

Again, this is a trend that has everything to do with the skills and personality a female private investigator brings to the table. Most of these skills relate to trust, which helps to make female private investigators great at their job. Male private investigators simply need to find different ways to approach the same goal. 

Private Investigation: It’s all About Trust

At the end of the day, if you’re searching for a private investigator that gets results you might want to consider hiring a female private investigator or private investigation agency. The honest truth is those female private investigators can work a case more effectively because people trust a friendly face. A female private investigator can get more information thanks to stereotyping and assumptions people make. In addition, a female private investigator can run a tight surveillance operation thanks to their ability to blend into a crowd. 

Working with a female private investigator also gives you the opportunity to work with someone who will always notice the finer details. Ultimately, you can trust a good female private investigator. She will get the job done and present you with the facts to help you solve a problem. We can’t think of a better solution than that!

Want to work with the best female company-owned private investigation agency in Canada? Contact us now for more information on our private investigation services.

About the Author

Whitney Joy Smith

Whitney Joy Smith is a prominent figure in the field of private investigation and security, serving as the founder and CEO of The Smith Investigation Agency Inc., Smith Security Inc., and Training Centre Canada, as well as a sitting politician.

With a remarkable journey that began in the early 2000s, Whitney's professional background as a private investigator is underscored by her unwavering dedication to the role. Born in Canada and having spent her early years between Canada and the United States, Whitney possesses a unique perspective shaped by her experiences in both countries. This background equips her with an in-depth understanding of the intricacies of private investigative laws, regulations, and operational standards in North America.

Throughout her career, Whitney has garnered numerous industry awards and accolades. She takes great pride in working closely with her continually expanding agency, striving to elevate industry standards, maintain compliance, and effectively meet the diverse investigative needs of clients.

Whitney actively engages in various membership, committee, board and support roles, demonstrating her commitment to the industry and professional community. She is affiliated with all local chambers, associations and more.

Whitney's wealth of experience is not limited to her professional achievements; her thought-provoking articles have been featured in publications ranging from Readers Digest, Cosmopolitan, Huffington Post, and Mens Health to Business News Daily. She constantly seeks to redefine standards and push the boundaries of excellence within the private investigative and security fields.

To discover more about Whitney Joy Smith and the dedicated team at The Smith Investigation Agency Inc., visit our website to learn more.

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