We give all perspective clients a Questionnaire over the phone before we visit their location. The Questionnaire normally takes about 15-20 minutes to administer. The Questionnaire is dual purpose. It allows us to gather information about the claims of activity before visiting the location as well as determine if the perspective client really needs our help or not. Safety of our members is paramount so we need to ensure that the environment we are entering will be safe and stable.We also need to determine if the reported activity may stem from mental illness, or drug/alcohol abuse. Many people think they are experiencing paranormal activity when under the influence of drugs (whether legally prescribed or not) or alcohol.
Based on the Questionnaire we make a determination if a site visit is warranted or not. We may ask a perspective client to journal activity for a few weeks and report back if we don’t think the type of activity reported warrants an investigation. If PIM decides a site visit is needed, we will set up a mutually acceptable time and date to come to your location.
The Initial Interview takes between 1 and 2 hours to complete. During the site visit we will take baseline readings of ElectroMagnetic Fields (EMF) and carbon monoxide. We will also tour the location so we can see the size and where the reported activity has occurred. This helps us plan for a future investigation. Finally, we will interview any witnesses to paranormal activity so we can obtain a first-hand account of things that have transpired. This allows us to ask any clarifying questions that can help us better plan for an investigation or determine possible normal explanations for what occurred.
After completing the Initial Interview, PIM will make a decision as to whether an investigation is warranted or not. If an investigation is needed, PIM will discuss possible times for the investigation and explain what the investigation would entail.
If PIM decides that an investigation is not warranted this may be due to several factors. In every case, PIM is always available to help direct the client to the resources PIM feels are most appropriate for the client’s specific circumstances and PIM will try to help in any way that PIM feels is appropriate.
After PIM has decided to do an investigation of your property we will then conduct historical research on the location. If you are aware of any history at your property concerning past owner’s or tragic events that may have occurred there PIM would be very interested in knowing these things during the Initial Interview. These clues will give us a direction to which we can focus our efforts when looking up the history of your location.
Many times it is impossible to confirm historically reported deaths or events at a location but that doesn’t mean they didn’t happen. PIM is mainly looking for clues that might explain why there is activity at your property. PIM also utilizes trigger objects during their investigations. Trigger objects are items that PIM thinks that any spirits there may be familiar with and thus make them more apt to interact with us during the investigation. If you have any items that you think might work as a trigger object please let PIM know!
PIM normally arrives for investigations between 6:00 and 7:00 pm, but PIM may set a different time depending on the location. This will be discussed and agreed upon before the investigation date. PIM normally investigates until 2:00 am but may want to continue the investigation longer if activity is occurring. Again, this will be agreed upon ahead of time and client schedules are always taken into account when planning investigations. PIM will request any pets be removed from the location if at all possible and no more than one person responsible for the property is present during the investigation. To ensure the integrity of the investigation, PIM will request that all pets be removed from the property for the entirety of the investigation along with all human residents of the property. If someone needs to remain on the property due to insurance reasons, one person will be allowed to stay. However, PIM take these investigations very seriously and want the clients to understand that PIM will not be conducting investigations for the entertainment of the client. In rare circumstances, PIM may request the presence of one or more members of the residents of the property to take part in some or all of the investigation if PIM feels this will provide helpful information about the claims of activity. Limiting the number of people at an investigation increases the chances of obtaining unbiased data of what is going on. PIM will limit how many investigators they bring to ensure this as well. For every additional person from the property at the investigation PIM has to bring one less investigator.
PIM will begin setup of equipment immediately if we have already been to the location. If we have not, we will first get a tour of the location in order to determine where the activity is located and then begin equipment setup. After setup and baseline readings have been taken, PIM will begin investigating. PIM may request to turn off power to the location to remove excess EMF or block up windows that excess light may come through. The client can always decline these requests.
Once the investigation is concluded PIM will pack up their equipment and return the location how they found it before leaving.
PIM will start going through evidence from the investigation within a few days of the investigation. PLEASE BE PATIENT! PIM uses a lot of audio and video recording equipment during any given investigation. As an example, for a single 6 hour investigation if we have 4 cameras and 6 digital recorders we will have 60 hours of evidence to review. We all have full time jobs and families that we need to attend to so those 60 hours of time need to come from our free time in order to get this accomplished. Rest assured we are going through the evidence as quickly as possible while still ensuring we aren’t missing anything. On average, it will take two weeks to get through a single 6-8 hour investigation and one month for a 2-day investigation. Once we have completed evidence review we will generate a report for the investigation.
FINAL REPORT/CLIENT FOLLOW-UP
PIM generates a report for every investigation we conduct regardless if we obtain evidence from that investigation or not. This report will document what we did during the investigation from the time we arrived until the time we leave. If we do obtain evidence, a copy will be included with the report. We generally email these reports to our clients but we can come and meet with the client to go over the report if they would prefer. We always encourage our clients to ask any questions they might have about the report. The most important thing perspective clients should know is that once we give you the report that isn’t the last you will hear from PIM. We are always there to answer any new questions that come up or if activity increases. PIM is just an email or phone call away. Our clients are important to use and we won’t leave you hanging.