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Domestic Violence Awareness Month

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Domestic Violence Awareness Month

Domestic Violence. As private investigators, we often see the ugly side of people and our world. But certainly one of the most upsetting situations we encounter is violence in the home. If there is one place where we should all feel safe and protected, it is in our home. This is one of the primary reasons we at Owens Investigations want to help promote Domestic Violence Awareness Month each year during the month of October. Sometimes I think we should find a different term. Domestic Violence sounds somewhat clinical. Wife beater. Child abuse. Broken bones. Closed fist punches. Fear. Threats....

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Motivational Passwords

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Motivational Passwords

In the last several months there has been lots of news about passwords. Accounts hacked, entire store customer databases stolen. But recently I heard an idea that I have never heard before, and I think it’s one worth considering… having helpful passwords. So what is a motivational password? A motivational password is one that accomplishes more than one task at a time. Of course, we want our passwords to secure access to whatever account or system with which we work. But what if the act of typing that password could reinforce for you a goal or desire? Now that would be a...

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How I Can Get a Key to Your House

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How I Can Get a Key to Your House

How hard would it be for me, or someone else, to get a key to your house? It has just become a little easier, and the “how” may surprise you. We’ve all seen the movie or TV show where the unprincipled person with a set of lock-picking tools in their pocket can defeat a door lock in under a minute to gain access. In the more flamboyant spy movies, you’ve seen the ruse where the attractive woman distracts a man, while the accomplice slyly picks his pocket, gaining access to his keys, rushes them out to a van, makes a quick imprint, and then goes back inside to slip the...

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Tax Free Weekend

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Tax Free Weekend

August 8 – 10, 2014 Each year, the state of Texas has a sales-tax free weekend, with the intended purpose of allowing parents to buy clothes and school supplies in preparation for the upcoming school year. But it’s really bigger than that now.   The law exempts most clothing, footwear, school supplies and backpacks priced under $100. Stores all over the state will have sales going on during the three days as well, meaning that you can find some good deals if you are looking. Keep in mind, for every $100 you spend, you will save on average $8 (depending on the amount of local...

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Phone Scams and How to Avoid Them

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Phone Scams and How to Avoid Them

Phone scams are currently one of the biggest annoyances people face on a daily basis, not to mention a source of a lot of illegal activities. All it takes is one mistake, one slip up on the part of a consumer, and they will take advantage of you. Unfortunately, these scammers still find victims on the phone every day. Let me put this into perspective for you. Has anyone ever walked up to you on the street, or even to your front door, and handed you 100’s or even 1000’s of dollars? No? Me neither. The likelihood of that happening is more likely than someone on the phone calling to...

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The Drawbacks of Being a Private Investigator

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The Drawbacks of Being a Private Investigator

There are many things I like about being a professional private investigator. I like solving mysteries, putting the puzzle pieces together, helping people when they have a real need in their life, the thrill of finding THE answer, meeting new people, working with other professionals, learning new things… the list goes on. However, there are also drawbacks of being a private investigator. One of the biggest problems that just about every private investigator I know encounters is the perception that we can and will do anything to “get the job done.” I always try to explain to...

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