How Facebook, Twitter and LinkedIn have changed private investigation

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In the past few years, parts of Phil Becnel’s private investigation job have become easier.

His Arlington, Va.-based company, Dinolt Becnel & Wells Investigative Group, has generally followed the standard investigative protocol established by an older generation of detectives since it was founded in 2004. But whereas he used to take witness’ statements on paper, he now can record them on a tablet. And instead of posting a physical sign for a missing person with a phone number, he can request informational tips in exchange for a reward on a Facebook page.

Becnel and his six-person team provide litigation support, meaning they interview witnesses, file reports and provide testimony in court cases.

As witnesses are increasingly drawn from a pool of younger, more tech-savvy people, social media heavily influences the way Becnel connects with important people in a case. And though social media has helped him gather information about witnesses before he interviews him, Becnel has found that talking to witnesses in person — instead of online — is a better way to guarantee their cooperation in court.

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