Investigation Tips

Over the weekend I was asked for some tips on not only investigating but on how to start a group. Listed below is some tips on both:

When starting a group find friends that you know with the same interest, make sure you can trust each person. You will be going into homes and you want to make sure that each member is honest and will not steal from the home. You want to know that they have your back at all times and when they hear or see something you know it’s real and not something they are making up because they are bored.

Purchasing equipment is going to be your biggest expense, if you can purchase all of it at once, great, if not start out with at least a good recorder and a camera. The recorder should have a usb so this way it is easier to listen to and can be put on your computer instead of just on the recorder itself.

If you have no experience at all, investigate public locations, such as Thornhaven Manor, Old Haunted Jail, etc. not only will you get experience but also pick up some great evidence that you can build upon.

Now, tips while on your investigation:

Don’t assume that everything you hear, everything that you feel or see is paranormal. Try to debunk first.

There is some who will walk into a room and say, “oh, it’s heavy in here”, yes, you will find that in every home or building, why, well, any negative energy, arguments, etc is in a room or home or building. There is not 1 person in the world who doesn’t have an argument or disagreement with someone. If a room or home is heavy do your investigation first to see if there is something there that would cause it to be heavy and not just leftover energy from arguments. To many people jump to the conclusion that there is paranormal activity based on this alone.

When you see smudges, make sure that they were not already there, if you don’t know, ask the homeowner and make sure that your own members didn’t move something to set up cameras etc. Make sure that it could not have been created by human hands, if you say something about it and the homeowner is not freaked out by it, chances are pretty good it was already there.

When you hear something, make sure that it was not someone in another room talking or that it is not the furnace, refrigerator or anything else that could make that noise before you say it’s paranormal.

Remember you will be leaving the home or building, others will still be there and the last thing that you want to do is frighten them.

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About PPI Jennifer

I guess we have to thank Television especially Reality TV for bringing paranormal investigating into the common accepted practices of today's society. If you think about it, 15 years ago you'd expect to see a bunch of geeky people running around chasing ghosts or spirits around cemeteries. Even though it has been investigated and documented for centuries, everyday culture has just begun to accept the fact that there is something else going on we cannot explain. That the people experiencing this activity are not crazy. That we can be seeing shadows or hearing voices and experiencing out of the ordinary activity which cannot be explained. This is where Professional Paranormal Investigations comes in. PPI as we like to call it was started by paranormal investigators Jennifer & Steve Hodgson. Having conducted investigations with another group, they decided they wanted to bring the paranormal investigations to the next level. There are so many "Ghost Hunting" groups in every city, many of which come and go a year later. Some do it strictly for fun and the thrill of the hunt. Some mean well but do not take what they are doing very seriously. This bothered Jenn & Steve. If a homeowner or business owner is experiencing activity and are requesting assistance it should become an immediate priority. It is a priority to the person calling since they are experiencing activity and want answers...why should the investigative group not be 100% serious and professional in return? You can be assured that at PPI we WILL ALWAYS take your case seriously. We are available to assist you. We know that you are seeking answers. Well amazingly so are we. We take a different approach though to an investigation than most others. We have consulted numerous parapsychologists on what to look for and what we should be doing. We scientifically document everything we do. If we experience something, we immediately attempt to debunk what is happening. Sorry, 9 times out of 10 "orbs" are just dust. If an EVP is not clear and if not everyone hears the same thing clearly on first listen, then it is not an EVP. Maybe it is noise...maybe it is a voice, we do not discharge what we find, we just place it in the body of evidence. We use sensitives to assist us during investigations. Some of our investigators "may" be able to gather some additional information on the energies present. We use this information to see if our scientific evidence matches their findings. If it does, the evidence becomes much more credible from both perspectives. We try our best to help as many people as possible who are truly in need.
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