What I’ve Learned Over Decades as Private Investigator for Businesses in Las Vegas

What I've Learned Over Decades as a Las Vegas Private Investigator for Businesses in Vegas

Las Vegas is my home, my place of work, and I love it. The city is a vibrant place to experience everything from cultural events to the great outdoors. But you know as well as I do that there are aspects of our great city that we’d like to forget about. As in any large metropolitan area of the country, crime and misbehavior of all sorts sits just below the surface of law-abiding and decent society.

That’s where law enforcement and private investigative professionals like me step into the picture. 

In this article, I’d like to talk with you about what I’ve learned over the three decades of my career as a private investigator.

But first, let me introduce myself. I’m Jon Girard, owner and CEO of Elite Investigations here in Las Vegas. We do everything from spousal surveillance and background checks to internal fraud/theft investigations for our corporate clients.

Over the years, I’ve seen it all!

Depending on the day, this job can be thrilling, dangerous, dull, or mundane – and that’s why I like it.

But when it comes down to where the rubber meets the road, here are some things that I’d like you to learn from my experience.

#1 – Experience Makes a Difference

In my time, I’ve seen private investigators come and go here in Vegas. Some were nothing more than a guy with a license, a car, and a camera. Others were well-funded startups. In either case, the failure rate among private investigative companies is astronomical.

Yes, a firm with decades of experience can draw upon the wisdom gleaned from circumstances and cases that have transpired throughout the years.

But there’s another reason you want an experienced private investigator on your side.

The experience of a PI firm is your guarantee that the details of your investigation are always entirely confidential.  Your information and the information that we discover belongs to you. Experience is your assurance that the company you hire won’t shut down and sell your data to a fly-by-night PI firm.

Businesses trust me because of my experience in dealing with issues surrounding proprietary data and confidential client information.

#2 – Confidentiality Matters

We’ve already briefly touched on this topic, but it’s important for you to understand how critical confidentiality is when it comes to choosing a private investigator. I’ve been involved in business investigation cases over the years where the other side’s PI has left his own client’s information and plans vulnerable. 

My opinion and practice have always been that the client has the right to be protected by their private investigator. I’ve seen PI’s (not my company) out in bars bragging to their friends about a case or regaling them with all the juicy details. That just can’t happen – and doesn’t in my shop.

#3 Reputation Matters

We live in a day where anybody can go online and give their “honest” evaluation of a company. Any business owner knows that those online Las Vegas detective reviews need to be taken with a grain of salt, but still, among those posted with malicious intent, there are honest reviews that are worth your time in reading.

Over the years, I’ve had happy clients and unhappy ones – but fortunately, the happy, satisfied ones far outweigh and outnumber the few that no PI could ever please.

The interesting thing about the investigations business is that my happiest, most loyal business clients aren’t in the position to go online and leave rave reviews.


Because their business also hinges upon confidentiality. No business wants to advertise that they are using PI services – and I completely understand and agree. Their responsibility is to their owner, shareholders, and board of directors. Telling the general public that Elite Investigations did an outstanding job for them is WAY down at the bottom of their list of priorities.

If you’re interested, check out the Las Vegas private investigator reviews that Elite has garnered online. For the reasons already stated, most of the client reviews out there are mostly from the personal investigations side of the business, but they will give you a fair understanding of our commitment to you, the client.