wikiHow to Be a Good Young Detective

Four Parts:Setting up your gearLearning the art of detectionBeing carefulBeing a great youth detective

Whether or not you want to be like Nancy Drew or simply want to brush up on your sleuthing skills, this article is sure to help you.

Part 1
Setting up your gear

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    Have a good detective kit with you at all times. This should include a compass, a magnifying glass and a pair of binoculars. Other items that might be of use include a notepad and pen, a phone and a digital camera.
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    Make cards. Give your sleuthing services a catchy name and have cards printed up. You can give these to people when they obtain your help.
    • Get an email address exclusively for your sleuthing services.

Part 2
Learning the art of detection

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    Read lots of mystery books. For example, read "Nancy Drew", Half Moon Investigations, the "Hardy Boys", the "Sammy Keyes" series, and "Sherlock Holmes"). It doesn't hurt to watch some old detective movie as well. For example, Charlie Chan.
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    Learn to spot clues quickly and efficiently. Everything is evidence; remember that when you are looking for clues.
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    Be observant. It is often the small things that carry great import. Seek the things that others tend to overlook.
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    Be alert at all times. For example, think of the approach taken by Detective Jairo Diaz.
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    Learn to be a good researcher. Research each project with the utmost care. Use online resources to help you, as well as archived material, photographic material and interviews with people.

Part 3
Being careful

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    Choose detective work that is safe and appropriate for your amateur and under-aged status. For example, you might look for a lost dog or cat, unearth lost jewelry or set up a watch to see who is pinching lunches out of bags.
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    Never get yourself into a situation that you cannot get out of. Do not break and enter, do not go into places where you are not safe, do not sneak onto transport and do not get yourself cornered.
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    Do not get involved in real crimes. If you do come across something that seems to be illegal, wrong or scary, contact the authorities or tell someone you trust. Do not venture into it any further.

Part 4
Being a great youth detective

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    Enjoy the experience. Most of all, have fun learning to detect evidence, put two and two together and reach logical conclusions. Test your findings by asking questions and assembling all of the facts together.
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    Consider using your detective skills in a future career. Perhaps you'd like to become involved in work that requires sleuthing skills, including police work, being an attorney, doing forensic science or actually becoming a professional detective.

Tips

  • Learn to theorize.
  • Try some brain teasers or logic puzzles.
  • Everything is evidence, from peoples' professions to where they were at the time of the event.

Warnings

  • Do not get involved in anything that is a crime. Hand over your evidence to the authorities and let them deal with it if you suspect you've stumbled across an actual crime.

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