top of page

Is Being a Private Investigator Dangerous?

No, being a Private Investigator is not dangerous. A Private Investigator mitigates the possible on the job risk through skill, intelligence, and experience. So for an unqualified PI, yes this industry would be dangerous. These dangers are comprised of two things: traffic and criminals.

PI in a black suit

How dangerous is traffic to an unqualified Private Investigator? In 2018 alone, over 30,000 people died in automotive accidents in the United States. Furthermore, Private Detectives spend the majority of their time on the road, this amplifies the risk. However, as mentioned before, a qualified PI can greatly reduce the risk of an automotive accident. This is accomplished by mastering surveillance driving methods.

The Investigator will utilize three methods of driving when performing mobile surveillance:

  • threshold

  • offensive

  • defensive

The Investigator uses “threshold driving” to drive as fast as possible while still being in the margin of safety for all conditions, seen and unseen. Defensive driving is utilized by the Investigator mostly when in active mobile surveillance in lighter traffic. There are many sub points in this method:

  • Controlling speed

  • Looking ahead, monitoring for everyone in traffic to observe different driving behaviour and or distracted drivers

  • Observing and planning for the expected and the unexpected

  • Being alert and distraction free

  • Being aware, monitoring other drivers in the Investigator’s flow and other surroundings that might have an impact on maintaining surveillance

  • Preparedness for all sorts of actions and reactions of other drivers and pedestrians

  • Not expecting the other drivers to do what is necessary to conduct surveillance and maintain surveillance

  • Maintaining a safe following distance

  • Considering weather and road conditions

  • Adjusting speed before entering a bend, in order to avoid applying the brakes in the middle of a bend

  • Repeatedly tapping on the brakes (activating brake lights) to make the vehicle more visible to cars in behind

As you can see, a PI who masters surveillance driving can greatly reduce the risk to themselves to a very safe level.

From time to time, Private Investigators will have to investigate known criminals or perform investigations in high crime areas. A bad neighborhood can expose a Private Investigator to all sorts of criminal danger, such as carjacking. However, working in crime ridden areas is not as dangerous as traffic due to the fact that performing investigations on and around criminals is more infrequent. As with traffic, an experienced and capable Private Investigator can reduce the risk that comes with being around criminals. This is done through due diligence, mastering surveillance techniques, and adhering strictly to the risk vs reward principal that PIs follow. As with performing an investigation on a subject, criminals will be unaware of the presence of the experienced Private Eye.

gnangster with tattos

Now you can see why being a Private Investigator is not dangerous. Being safe on the job is something that comes naturally to Private Investigators. Performing investigations safety is intertwined with performing investigations properly. This is true for mobile vehicle surveillance and performing investigations around or on criminals. After you gain PI education and experienced, safety will become second nature.

Thinking of Becoming a Private Investigator?

“ICPI Level 100 online Private Investigator Training” is the ultimate blueprint to start your exciting and rewarding career as a real Private Investigator.

ICPI 100 will help you start successfully in this amazing new career, even if you know nothing about investigations.

Our team has vetted out the best training and investigative methods so that you can jump-start your journey towards having the meaningful career you’ve always wanted, immediately.

This training system will provide you, a successful detective, with all the templates that you need to succeed. A clear path on becoming a PI, understanding the PI business, becoming a successful PI, and thinking like a detective- all the tools you need to make six figures being an investigative Operative.

To date, this online training system consists of over 100 informational slides, videos, exercises and quizzes that provide a step-by-step path on how to achieve your dream job as a Private Investigator.

ICPI Level 100 takes about two weeks to complete with over 30 hours of high-quality training content that will make you a Private Investigator well on your way to becoming an expert in this fascinating career.


Get a certificate that "actually" matters. When you get certified by Novel Data in the 100 Level course, Private Investigator agencies will be aware that you understand the PI industry. This will give you a great competitive edge in the PI job market. Most PI applicants know very little about the PI job they are applying to. Not you. A PI hiring manager will not want to risk turnaround by hiring someone unfamiliar with the industry, they will choose an applicant who is familiar with what will be expected of them. With Novel Data's certification, that applicant will be you!

About the Author

Private Eye Peter Sandru

Peter Sandru is an Instructor & Co-Founder of NDIL with over 16 years as a Professional Private Investigator. Peter has spent more than a decade conducting investigations and security operations throughout the world, primarily for corporations, law firms, and government agencies. Peter has assisted in the creation of numerous investigative & security training programs in various capacities.


Коментирането беше изключено.
bottom of page