INDUSTRY TERMS & DEFINITIONS

If you have never used a private detective or security guard agency before, the following terms and definitions will help you to navigate our website and understand the various services that we offer.

Private Investigator – a highly trained and competent individual, having experience conducting investigations, who lawfully gather facts, evidence, and information in an objective, logical, methodical, hypothesis-driven manner, for private individuals, attorneys, business, or governmental agencies. The term “private investigator” is considered the more up-to-date way of describing a private detective.

Private Investigations – a fact-finding process of gathering and collecting facts and evidence in a lawful, objective, logical, and methodical manner.

Private Detective – a term used to describe a private investigator.

Private Eye – a term used to describe a private investigator.

Licensed Private Investigator – a private investigator that is licensed through the state government to conduct private investigations. (e.g. Maryland). Most states require investigators to be licensed.
Licensed Private Detective – a term used to describe a private detective that has been licensed through the state government to conduct investigations (e.g. Maryland).

Licensed Private Eye – a term used to describe a private eye that has been licensed through the state government (e.g. Maryland).

Private Detective Agency – a security agency that provides private investigator services to its clientele and has been licensed to do so through the state government.

Private Investigations Agency – a term used interchangeably with a private detective agency.

Maryland Private Detective Agency – a Maryland-based and licensed detective agency licensed to operate in the state and offer private investigator services to the public.

Maryland Private Investigations Agency – a term used interchangeably with Maryland detective agency. The term “private investigator” is considered the more up-to-date way of describing a private detective.

Maryland Private Detective – a private detective (private investigator) licensed through the Maryland State Police to conduct investigations for private individuals.

Maryland Private Investigator – an investigator licensed to conduct private investigations in the State of Maryland and has compiled with Title 13 of the Maryland Code.

Maryland Private Investigations – investigations conducted by a private investigations agency who is licensed in the State of Maryland and has compiled with Title 13 of the Maryland Code.

Maryland Detective – a Maryland detective conducts investigations in the State of Maryland. This term can be used to describe a private investigator, a police detective, or a retail store detective.

Maryland Investigations – any investigations that take place in the State of Maryland including those conducted by private investigators, police detectives, police officers, or security officers.

Maryland Private Eye – a term used to describe a Maryland private investigator.

Security – the protection of life, information, and property.

Security Guard – an individual employed and licensed by a security guard agency to protect life, information, and property.

Security Officer – another term for security guard.

Uniformed Security – the protection of assets and property by uniformed security personal.

Uniformed Security Guard – an individual that performs his/her duties in a designated uniform issued by the employing agency.

Uniformed Security Officer – another term used to describe a uniformed security guard.

Security Guard Agency – an agency that offers security guard services directly to the public.

Private Security Agency – an agency that employs security officers to protect the life and property of private individuals.

Licensed Security Guard – a security guard that is licensed through a state government (e.g. Maryland) to perform security guard duties while being employed by a security guard agency.

Licensed Security Agency – a security guard agency licensed by the state government (e.g. Maryland) to perform security guard duties.

Licensed Private Security Agency – a security guard agency licensed by the state government (e.g. Maryland) to perform security guard duties for private individuals or businesses.

Maryland Security – security activities that are performed and regulated in the State of Maryland.

Maryland Security Guard – a security guard employed and licensed in the State of Maryland by a licensed security guard agency that has complied with Title 19 of the Maryland Code.

Maryland Uniformed Security Guard – a uniformed security guard, licensed in the State of Maryland and employed by a licensed security guard agency.

Maryland Security Officer – another term used to describe a Maryland security guard.

Armed Security – a security guard or officer employed by a security guard agency and that has a valid Permit to Carry a Handgun license and provides armed security services.

Unarmed Security – security services offered by a licensed security guard company that do not involve the use of firearms.

Maryland Armed Security – security services provided security guard agencies licensed in the State of Maryland that involve the use of firearms.

Maryland Unarmed Security – security services provided by security guard agencies that do not require the use of a firearm.

Personal Security – non-uniformed security services offered to individuals that may be armed or unarmed depending on the request.

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