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!
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.
City Allows Scavengers and Detectives Dominion Over Trash
At last night’s Columbia City Council meeting, speakers ranging from private investigators to self-proclaimed “Dumpster divers” protested a proposed ordinance making it illegal to take trash or recyclables from the curb.
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 […]
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.
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.
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.
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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?
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.
Signs Your Spouse Is Cheating
No one wants to be the victim of a cheating spouse. It hurts the ego and leaves one wondering if the entire relationship has been a sham. The hurt can cut extremely deep and have a severe effect on future relationships. It can become hard to trust another partner again and cause brutal damage to one’s self-esteem. It can leave the victimized partner questioning everything about him or herself as well. Collateral damage can include the effect on children of the relationship as well as financial security. We’re often taught from childhood to ignore our instincts. Instincts, however, don’t go away. If you feel that something is wrong, it makes sense to “check it out”. Ask your partner what’s going on and try to open a dialogue. If your concerns are dismissed, but you still feel that something’s wrong, take a look at the list below and see if you notice a pattern. Remember, anyone can fit into a couple of these points below. However, if you’re noting a large swing in behavior, it could be indicative of a cheating spouse. The following include some signs that your spouse might be cheating on you: Privacy change: 1. E-mail or full computer access passwords are changed. 2. Avoids allowing you access to his/her cell phone. 3. Needs privacy when making phone calls. 4. Hides bills (cell phone, credit card, bank statements). 5. Wants time alone with friends when in the past you had accompanied one another. 6. Claims new personal interests which do not include you (new sporting league, book club, etc). 7. Changing clothing out of eyesight when modesty had not been a prior issue. Inconsistent Schedule: 1. Work schedule suddenly changes. 2. Work requires travel when there had been none in the past. 3. Frequently misses or cancels family or spouse engagements (family night, prior commitments with you). “Something just came up”. 4. Claims new personal activity, but times of activity are inconsistent. 5. Phone calls at odd hours. Habits change: 1. More time at work than usual. 2. More time spent on computer than normal. 3. Suddenly becomes asexual or wants more sexual activity. 4. Takes more pride in personal appearance. 5. Begins or drops habit (smoking, drinking, reading, etc). 6. Begins doing own laundry, more frequent/smaller loads and at odd times. 7. Showers immediately upon arriving home. Its not you, its me: 1. Claims need for space to “figure things out.” 2. Separates emotionally; becomes emotionally unavailable. 3. Refuses to discuss issues or partake in couples counseling. 4. Becomes physically unavailable for family/partner events or discussions. Its not me, its you: 1. Belittles inquiries, turning them around on you. 2. Dismisses concerns as paranoia. 3. Accuses you of being overbearing, suffocating, needy or prying. 4. Protests profusely. 5. Refuses to discuss your concerns. Separates from friends: 1. Avoids gatherings with those who may be considered “your” friends. 2. Limits contact with friends who would normally confront unusual behavior. 3. Avoids your family. Unavailable: 1. Suddenly hard to contact at work. 2. Often has cell phone turned off or leaves unanswered. 3. Friends with whom s/he was supposedly with make excuses why s/he cannot come to the phone and will have him/her call you back. 4. Not where s/he says s/he will be. From the outside in: 1. Frequent hang up calls when there were minimal or none in the past. 2. New social groups or interests which exclude you. 3. Receives gifts without reason or new objects are evident at home or in vehicle. 4. Friends recall seeing your spouse at time/location when spouse reported being elsewhere. 5. Co-worker attempts to reach spouse when spouse is reportedly at work. 6. Friends/family begin to inquire more about your relationship than normal. Remember, anyone can be found to fit into a couple of these molds. This is simply an effort to help you further explore the reasons you’re already reading this post.
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