Paranormal Investigation Basic Procedures and Standards

Investigation Procedures:

1. Research as much historical information regarding the location as possible at the courthouse, library, etc., well in advance of the investigation.
2. If the location is remote or deserted, inform the police of your investigation in advance so that they can help keep an eye on the situation for you.
3. Arrive early enough to view the location in daylight to determine any obvious natural causes that could effect the investigation such as brushing tree limbs, high winds, bats/rodents, broken windows, doors, or shutters.
4. Have a permission form ready for the property owner to read and sign before the investigation actually begins. You might need to show a signed copy to the police or a guard at some point as well.
5. Choose one quiet area at the location as a team base, then unpack, check, and set up your investigation equipment.
6. Interview all available witnesses, and gather as much additional information as possible.
7. Do a complete walk-through of the entire location with a video camera. If possible, have the witnesses walk with you and explain in detail what was experienced in each area.
8. Sketch a floor plan of each area to be investigated, making notes on measurements, unusual activity experienced by witness, and directions of north, south, east, and west.
9. Begin photographing the areas being investigated, turn on audio recorders, and start capturing procedures on video.
10. Begin EMF and Thermal Detection Readings in active / non-active areas, and document the readings on paper with the correct time.
11. If any unexplained activity is taking place in other areas of the location as you investigate, you might want to lightly dust the floors of these other areas with talcum power to indicate movement. You can also leave an audio recorder turned on in these areas until you return. To make sure that no doors or windows are being opened or closed without your knowledge, scotch tape or tie black thread to latches to indicate tampering.
12. Document anything unusual experienced on paper with the correct time, and specify the exact location to finish filling out your final investigation report.

Investigation Standards:

1. NEVER PANIC during intense investigations. Do Not scream, or take off running, especially in dark areas. You should never be alone in any area without a partner. If you become seriously frightened, make calm verbal contact with your partner or radio the rest of the team, and carefully move away from the area back to the team base. Fright can make your blood pressure drop, and you will begin to tremble or feel cold. You must remain calm and cover up with a thermal blanket if necessary. If you become injured, even slightly, again, remain calm, contact your partner, or use the radio for immediate help. Every team should have a First Aid Kit ready for the amount of people on the investigation, and should carry a cell phone if at all possible.
2. Always carry proper identification with you at all times. It is the law in Kentucky.
3. Show proper respect in cemeteries, on battlefields, or in any area where life was lost. If a cemetery has trash on the grounds, or headstones knocked over, do your best to clean up or fix what’s wrong.
4. Do not smoke during investigations. Do not drink alcohol before or during investigations. Avoid wearing heavy fragrances during investigations. If unusual smells are present, you need to be able to detect them with your own senses. Use unscented candles for the same reason.
5. Turn cell phones off during investigations.
6. Never risk injury by climbing to take photographs, walking on broken floorboards and steps, or moving too closely around broken glass or windows.
7. Always leave the investigation site in good condition with no upset or damage to the property.
8. Never play jokes or try to scare other investigators for fun. Your research should always be taken seriously.
9. Conduct yourself in a professional manner during investigations using a positive attitude and an open mind.

Equipment and Use