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Qualities of a Good Detective

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If you are looking for a detective, it is first important to know what to look for in one. There are many investigators out there, but not all of them would be the right fit for you.

You need to be very careful when it comes to selecting a detective, as choosing a wrong fit can get you into serious trouble.

Without wasting anymore time, let’s have a look at some of the qualities of a good detective:

  1. Trustworthy 

A detective should be trustworthy. It is quite understandable why it is the most desired quality.

When you hire a detective, you would be needing information that is classified and confidential. You cannot hire a person who would give your personal information to someone else as that can get you into real trouble.

Always go for a detective who understands the importance of confidentiality and promises to keep your secret a secret.

You can check this factor by checking testimonials and reviews online. Another good option is to speak to the person directly and see what kind of information they give to you. If they give more information than you asked for (about a private case), then it is not a good company to go for. This indicates the person does not trust boundaries as talking about other cases is generally prohibited.

  1. Affordable

This is a very important factor since money is scarce. You must make sure to pick a detective that’s affordable. Since insurance does not pay for such charges, it is important to be careful.

You should also ask about extra charges as some detectives may charge you separately for other expenses, including telephone calls and travel. For example, if you hire a detective to keep an eye on someone, the detective may be required to even travel out of country. This can add to the expense, so make sure to be clear about these factors.

  1. Experienced

Hire a detective who knows the job well. Experience can make a lot of difference in this field, since an experienced detective knows all the secrets and can find even hidden information.

You can ask questions related to experience and also find out the kind of cases the detective has solved previously. Someone with experience in your kind of case would be a better fit than someone who has no experience in handling similar cases.

  1. Good Links

Look for a detective who has good links throughout. The job of a detective is to find information, and for this reason they need a huge web of people they can trust.

Find out the detective how they plan on finding specific information and see if they seem reliable.

A good detective typically is available on an emergency hotline, ready to listen to your requirements. We are sure the tips provided in this article will help you make the right call. The secret lies in being careful and doing proper research.


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20 years after rescuing her, retired detective becomes special guest at a young woman’s graduation in Connecticut

The fire broke out in an apartment in June 1998, which belonged to Josibelk Aponti's uncle Jofrey. She lost her cousin in the accident while she herself suffered third degree-burns.

Then and now: Getz and Aponti Hartford Courant Image source:

A Connecticut detective was invited as a special guest in the graduation ceremony of a woman. If this seems strange, it can be traced back to 20 years before, when this detective rescued a five-year old girl from a terrible apartment fire.

Two years back in 2014, Josi Aponti, who is now 23 and a graduate, used the internet and social media to trace her guardian angel, Retired Detective Peter Getz. Josi used Facebook to find her savior as she felt that Peter is the reason that she is alive today and that he must be present at her commencement ceremony.

The fire broke out in an apartment in June 1998, which belonged to her uncle Jofrey. Josibelk Aponti (her proper name), lost her cousin in the accident while she herself suffered third degree-burns.

Flashback of the fire. Image source:
Flashback of the fire. Image Source:

Instead for waiting for assistance from hospital or an ambulance, Mr Getz took the unconscious girl into a car and performed CPR on her while his partner, Sgt. Donnie Camp, drove at high speed to reach the nearest hospital.

According to a NBC News report, after the Eastern Connecticut State University commencement at the giant XL Center, a sports arena in Hartford, Ms Aponte said, “I’m told that if he would have just waited a few more seconds for the ambulance to come in, I could have died.”

“There are only a few moments that are so important in life. I wanted to share my graduation with everyone who’s important to me, who have been there for me, and who helped me through tough times,“ Josi said.

Mr Getz and Sgt. Camp got featured in a Throwback Thursday post, when people posted old photographs on social media last year in 2015, reminding both of them of the tragic and chaotic day.

“I am honored and humbled to be depicted here on TBT. I take my hat off to the brave and heroic members of the Hartford Fire Department that entered the active fire, located Josie and brought her out. Thank You,” Mr Getz replied to that post last year.

This incident made him a hero to one grateful family but even today he remains modest of that day.

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