NEVER DO ANYTHING ILLEGAL, TRESPASS OR INVESTIGATE WITHOUT PERMISSION. WHAT YOU DO WILL REFLECT ON EVERY OTHER INVESTIGATOR IN THE FIELD.
General Investigation Protocol
1. Always act in a professional manner before, during and after an investigation.
2. Teams will always include at least 2 people during any investigation. This is for safety reasons as well as for a means of validating a personal experience (s).
3. All equipment and supplies will be set up, monitored, and broken down with the assistance of everyone on the investigation.
4. Any information or data that is obtained during an investigation will be shared with the entire group. It will be analyzed and debunked or labeled as "unexplained." The information or data will then be presented to the client. The decision will be left up to the client if the information is to be published on a public site. If permission to publish is granted, a waiver will be signed by the client so that we can share any information and/or evidence obtained from the investigation with the public.
5. Never investigate a site without the signed permission of the client. Trespassing is ILLEGAL!
6. Dress appopriately with respect to the client as well as his/her premises. Take into account the current weather conditions. It is always wise to bring extra layers to wear as they can always be removed if you get to warm.
7. No other members other than the assigned team are to investigate at a location. If a guest is approved by the group to help with an investigation, he/she is to take the investigation as seriously as the NYX team members. Failure to do so will result in the guest being asked to leave the investigation site.
8. Never use drugs or alcohol before an investigation, during an investigation, or during the analysis of evidence. Failure to comply with this will jeopardize your position in the NYX team.
9. If you unable to attend a planned investigation, please notify the team leader as soon as possible so the investigation team can regroup with a new plan of action.
10. If the current site has been previously investigated by another paranormal group, the group along with their findings will be respected by NYX. If possible, we will find out what they had experienced during their investigation. If NYX is able to debunk or validate any "paranormal evidence" gathered by the previous group, NYX will attempt to share their results with that group, if possible.
11. If, at any time, an investigator feels threatened during an investigation, the entire team will leave the area and discuss the situation in a neutral place to determine if investigation should continue.
12. The use of foul language is not permitted during an investigation, unless it is being used to provoke an entity. Even then, the use of foul language should be used only when necessary, with extreme caution and only when permission is granted by the client.
13. All investigators are to remain calm during an investigation. If, at any time, you get negative feelings of any kind during an investigation, the entire team is to leave the area and regroup in a nuetral place to discuss the situation and to determine if the investigation should continue.
14. Theoretically, the most active times are during the first 30 minutes of the investigation and during the first 30 minutes after dusk. Some also consider 3:00 a.m. as the "haunting hour" and a time that causes an increase in paranormal activity. Work this theory into the investigation plan whenever possible.
15. Get a good night’s sleep prior to the investigation so your senses will be alert.
Prior to Investigation
1. Visit the intended site during the day as well as at night prior to investigation. Make sure the area is safe for an overnight stay.
2. Gather history of the intended investigation site prior to the investigation. History such as: the age of the site, what the site has been used for, how many owners the site has had, any remodeling that has been done at/on the site, and/or any known tragic events or famous inhabitants related to the site could be considered cruicial information to an investigation. Find out if any animals or children are linked to the location. Speak to current and previous occupants, whenever possible, to find out as much information as you can about the location.
3. Prior to investigation, make sure all of the equipment is working well. Buy spare batteries and insert new batteries into the equipment prior to the investigation. Clean camera lens and make sure the straps will not block or obscure the camera shot. Use new tapes for all EVP work.
1. When at an investigation, make sure you have proper ID with you at all times.
2. EMF and temperature baselines should be obtained at the start of the investigation and during the investigation for comparison. Documentation should also be recorded on how the site feels.
3. Take pre-investigation pictures so when comparing pictures taken during investigation you have landmarks to go by. (ie.- couch, chair, picture, mirror)
4. When obtaining EVP's or pictures, document the time, place, who you are with and what you are doing at that time.
5. During the investigation, make sure that you have spare batteries and equipment with you in case of a battery drain or equipment malfunction.
6. When taking pictures, make sure that you do not aim directly into the sunlight.
7. Do not take pictures in the rain or during a lightning storm as these conditions may distort the outcome of tyour picture (s).
8. Do not smoke at an investigation site. If you feel the need to smoke, go to a specified location to do so.
9. Have respect for your fellow investigators. Listen to what they say and/or feel during an investigation as it may lead to a paranormal experience.
10. When switching areas, DO NOT give the next group information on what you saw or experienced. Compare notes after the investigation is complete to see if you have similar results or experiences.
1. Always look for the obvious when reviewing data. Most things can be debunked.
2. At the end of the investigation, pack up all of the equipment and clean up any tape or securing device(s) used. Place all furniture and belongings back where they were prior to the investigation.
3. Make contact with the client or contact person when the investigation is complete. Give him/her an approximate day and time when the results of the investigation will be presented to them.
4. Always leave a contact number when leaving in case activity increases due to the investigation.
5. Always clean up any mess you made and don’t leave garbage lying around.
6. Double check to make sure you have all of your equipment.