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!
Networks Advance Child Trafficking Investigation
Melinda Kidder of Columbia Investigations. Kidder, a PI, and Siedow each began making phone calls and posting Facebook and IM messages at a fast and furious clip.
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.
Melinda is smart, tough yet compassionate, frank, ethical, loyal and competent. Her clients can trust her to do a great job, with only their best interests at heart. She is more than fair, and a very hard worker.
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!
When I suspected my wife of seeing another man, I was desperate to know the truth. Not only did Melinda Kidder help me discover what I needed to know, she gave very good advice regarding my situation. Ms. Kidder is honest, acts with integrity, and cares about her clients. Mel, thanks for your help during a very difficult time.
Melinda Kidder has provided insights and advice to others that appears both sound and reasonable. Further, she has a very enjoyable sense of humor and obvious intelligence.
Useful Tips and Tricks from the Blog
Protect Your PIN
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Pretty Little Lies
It’s been brought to my attention that one of our competitors has been blogging negative information about our firm and me specifically as the owner, Melinda Kidder. Personally, I prefer not to talk down about other people. The falsehoods in these blogs of which I’ve spoken are broad and varied and a lawsuit is pending. In the meantime should you have any questions for me or require proof of competency and health please do not hesitate to approach. I will be more than happy to provide. Take care, Melinda
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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