Investigative Professionalism Recognized
Columbia Investigations and its detectives have been noteworthy and newsworthy, appearing in print and radio interviews. Please be aware that we will never violate a clients confidentiality... ever! Our clients come first!
Private Investigators Declassified
What is happening to our children? Children are being bought, sold and smuggled right under our noses right here in the United States, maybe right in your own neighborhood.
Cell Phone, Tablet Hacking Becoming More Prevalent
COLUMBIA – Our cell phones and tablets hold our most sensitive personal information. Sometimes they track more of our lives than we’re comfortable with. The Missouri State Highway Patrol’s Digital Forensics Unit examined 239 cell phones and 95 computers potentially hacked in 2014, and those are not the only hacking cases in mid-Missouri. Private Investigator […]
Local Sex Offenders a Cause for Concern
I got an email this week from Melinda Kidder, a private detective with a heart for children’s issues.
Investigators with Integrity
Our team of detectives and support staff are committed to providing the highest quality investigative services.
Our law firm has retained the services of Columbia Investigations many times over the past year. Our firm is extremely pleased with the expeditious manner within which results are achieved. Columbia Investigations owner, Melinda Kidder, is very professional and courteous. We highly recommend Columbia Investigations, LLC and the services they offer!
Melinda is well known in the PI community, she conducts herself with integrity and honesty. I would recommend her without thinking twice.
We have worked with Columbia Investigations on several cases and I can highly recommend them.
I have worked with Melinda for approximately 15 years. She is my go-to person for all things in Missouri. Melinda is an honest, trustworthy and knowledgeable investigator. I can count on her to keep me up to date on my cases, and I trust her work. The details matter in this business, and Melinda gets me the results and details I need every single time!
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Introduction to DIY PI Spy
Welcome to DIY PI Spy! This blog is to become an oasis of information to help you gain the knowledge and tools you need for Do-it-yourself investigations. Although auto-didaction, or educating oneself, should be completely legal, be sure to check the laws in your locality before you go completely James Bond or Philip Marlowe. I am not an attorney, nor do I play one on this blog. We’ll discuss legal issues, certainly, but again, be sure to check with your attorney before engaging in any activities discussed on this blog. If you have questions, toss them out. I’ll try to get an answer to you as soon as possible or refer you to the best source I can find. Next up: Who runs this blog and why should you listen to me?
The Child Safety Challenge – Dare to be Different
Wondering what your kids are up to? You should be. Please educate yourself on the current threats to our kids in the form of social media challenges so that you can have an informed conversation with your young people. There are several making the rounds. #1 – The Duct Tape Challenge – One or a group of children duct tape another child and see how long it takes them to escape. Inherent dangers are asphyxiation and falling injuries. #2 – The Cinnamon Challenge – As seen on Mythbusters and YouTube, The spice, Cinnamon, is hydrophobic and, by definition, is not water soluble. The challenge involves trying to swallow a large spoonful of cinnamon. Since the body cannot dilute the cinnamon, the individual often inhales the spice and holds it in their cheeks while trying to swallow small portions at a time. The tragic results can be pneumonia or death by asphyxiation as the spice is drawn into the lungs, and burns, as the cinnamon is pocketed in the cheeks. #3 – Eraser Challenge – One of the more recent but an old challenge renewed and made popular again due to the internet is this self-harm competition. Individuals compete to see which of them can rub an eraser on their body the longest. The resulting burns are compared for the win. Obviously, the body burns are the primary issue. However, since erasers are obviously not kept in the most sanitary environments, secondary infections have also been observed as a result of this challenge. #4 – Salt & Ice Challenge – In this challenge, individuals dare each other to first put salt on their skin, followed by an ice cube on top. The salt lowers the temperature of the ice even further, resulting in frostbite. The challenge is to hold the ice on the skin as long as one can stand the burning sensation. This unfortunate challenge can result in up to third degree burns and severe scarring. As long as peer pressure exists, so will the need of some children to impress others. Building up the confidence of our children to withstand the need for approval in the form of abuse is vital. Helping our kids realize they have the strength to refuse to follow the crowd and make their own path is our duty.
Privacy in a Brand Name Hotel – Protect Your Possessions
A YouTube user posted this video of a hotel housekeeping associate going through his belongings. Check our comments below for prevention tips! Do you really require a clean set of sheets every day you stay in a hotel? Not so much. Normally, hotels offer one enough amenities to allow a single occupant to stay for three days without needing new towels, etc. We strongly recommend using the Do Not Disturb signage on your door at all times and leaving the TV on in your room when away. This will give the appearance that the room is occupied. Single room occupants can give a simple shout into the room upon departure of, “Be back in a bit, honey!” to give the impression to any bystander that someone remains in the room. The majority of hotels will bring new towels to your room, if needed, prior to a certain time of evening, if you simply call either the front desk or housekeeping directly. In less helpful hotels, simply visit the front desk and ask for more towels. In other cases, one can even snag clean towels from the pool or fitness room when needed. Make sure all computerized equipment employs password protection and tracking software, when available. Although many protections can be beaten by hackers, a simple thief like the one shown saw it was too much trouble for her time and capabilities to try and access personal information kept in the guest’s laptop or to take it with her.
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