North Orange County Paranormal Society is a resource for people seeking help with understanding their paranormal experiences. Investigators are available free of charge. NOPS attempts to document the existence of the strange and anomalous phenomena using a scientific method. We are not hunters, exterminators, pest control or entertainers in the industry.
When you request an investigation, our case manager will take an "over the phone interview" to discuss your activity and concerns. We may send out a preliminary Scout team to test your location prior to setting up a first-time investigation which is a smaller investigation to see what we can find. If the activity is successful, we will then launch a full investigation if needed with additional high tech gear and an additional back up team members. We normally don't use the entire team on first visits and we may not bring in our tech department until needed later. If we are unsuccessful in finding anything, we will have the activity monitored by the client and they kept in touch with us for a possible return visit. Clients will be instructed on ways to document their activity when we can't be there to help us determine the best plan of action.
We will not enter your home or business and automatically declare it haunted as some do from a first-time visit. It's not fair to the client to be led to believe something that is not paranormal. It doesn't work that way. Our team will go in with an open mind and take steps. The first steps include ruling out normal activity caused by interference from electrical and electromagnetic devices, 2-way radio signals, etc.
This is also called the "Process of elimination". Then we will move to unexplained activity. This is where we will focus our investigation on as well as to conduct our own experiments using some of our own experimental devices. Once we determine what we are dealing with, we can take the next steps to find a solution for the client. We may then refer your case to experts who deal with your type of phenomena with the help of our collected data and evidence.
We follow a very strict Code of Ethics when we investigate private businesses. Many times owners would rather not pay employees to watch over the team as they investigate into the late night/early morning hours which is understandable. Owners have trusted us with temporary keys to their business for investigating. Many of our members work in the security field and it's like leaving security guards to watch over your business. Businesses are welcome to keep their security camera systems recording the entire time as they could help verify our findings. Some of the trusted locations are Cafe Hidalgo, Le Potager, Warner Grand Theater, and others.
The #1 question we get all the time is, why do we mostly investigate at night?
Although the entertainment industry uses dark areas and using infrared night vision cameras for its spooky look. It's not the reason real investigators do it. We investigate at night because it's quieter as most people sleep at night. We choose the dark because it enhances our other senses like hearing and touch which enables us to collect better evidence. Investigations can be done at any time, day or night.
NOPS was first established in 2000 by Jim VanEeckhoutte and Sam Neill after their own experiences with the unknown. in 2007, NOPS launched a free Internet-based television channel called NOPStv on (Mogulus.com which became Livestream in 2009) with educational paranormal programming and live investigations. The free NOPStv channel closed in 2017 due to fees to operate the no longer free network and because of newer free digital based video networks such as Youtube and Facebook Live.
NOPS is based in Southern California and covers the west coast from Arizona, Nevada and Northern California. What you see from us is 100% real!
We do not do this for a living. Our equipment is completely funded by our own members.
Our members have day jobs where they are employed or operate their own business by day. We don't charge people to investigate their homes or business like some groups do as their only income. We do it free of charge and for the sole purpose of research. We do it because we feel there are some things out there that can't be explained and we are interested in finding out more about the things that go bump in the night.
NOPS will occasionally host pre-paid public investigation events during the year for educational purposes that will give the public a chance to see what's it's like to investigate the paranormal and experience what we experience. Money for these events will go to the location for restoration purposes and expenses for the event.
We also volunteer at events like the Haunted Fullerton Walking Tours for the purpose of collecting extra funding for the Fullerton Museum Center's children's programs and educating people on the paranormal as a study. All money raised from these tours goes directly to the Fullerton Museum and its programs for kids.
We have been around the block many times over the years to the point where we can spot fakes rather quickly. Many places who normally profit big money from those in the paranormal field tend to be intimidated by real paranormal investigators like us entering their locations. Many seem to think we are going to steal their thunder or harm their profits! We tend to steer clear of these places as we do want to get involved with their drama. Most places, if they are charging a lot of money, are usually the less haunted places on earth and the scariest part of their event is the ticket price.