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Worldwide Intelligence Network

325 N Maple Dr # 17494, Beverly Hills, CA 90209
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Worldwide Intelligence Network is a licensed and insured Private Investigation and Bodyguard Services company in California and New York for 31 years. Their superb reputation is well documented by their testimonials from some of America’s most highly regarded Law Firms and Individual clients from coast to coast. They offer complex litigation support to lawyers, executive-level background investigations to the public, and infidelity investigations. They are highly skilled at locating difficult-to-find individuals across America and around the world. Their Bodyguards are of the highest caliber securing high-profile clients and celebrities worldwide without a single negative incident.

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4.8 / 5 (18)
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5.0 / 5 (7)
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3.5 / 5 (3)

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Delta Detective Agency

Los Angeles, CA
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Delta Detective Agency is an independently owned and operated private investigation company that serves residential and commercial clients in Los Angeles CA and its surrounding areas. It offers a broad range of surveillance and private investigation services for different matters involving fraud, infidelity, child custody, and missing persons. The firm's staff members are composed of former military and private investigator personnel. Delta Detective Agency uses various techniques such as skip-tracing, video surveillance, recorded statements and questioning.

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MCM Investigations

150 North Los Angeles Street, Los Angeles, CA 90012
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MCM Investigations is a team of former law enforcement officers. They provide investigative services for individuals and businesses across the country, including Los Angeles. Its investigators conduct video surveillance and due diligence investigations to help businesses acquire the information needed to file legal paperwork. They also perform asset searches, locate missing persons, and do background checks, as well as polygraph and forensic examinations. MCM Investigations has been in business for more than 34 years.

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Allstate Private Investigations, Inc.

2655 First St. Suite 250, Simi Valley, CA 93065
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Allstate Private Investigations, Inc. works with individuals and organizations in Los Angeles to find information crucial to their interests. The firm applies surveillance techniques and covert technologies for various applications, including cheating-spouse cases, civil and criminal probes, child custody issues, and workers' compensation claims. Its private investigators also conduct FCRA-compliant corporate investigations and undercover operations—carrying out fingerprint lifting, bug sweeps, skip tracing, and pre-employment background checks. Their president, Todd Taylor, has been a licensed private investigator since 1998 and has regularly volunteered his efforts to local commerce and law enforcement organizations.

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Armando Zatarain Investigations

Newport Beach, CA 92660
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Armando Zatarain Investigations is a Newport-based private detective and a licensed private investigator that serves all of Southern and Northern California. Armando Zatarain and his staff of well-trained investigators know the importance of documentation both written and video recorded. They handle cases fast, efficiently, and for a reasonable fee. Armando Zatarain is a lifetime member of the California Narcotic Officers' Association.

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Corinthian Group

Ontario, CA 91764
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Corinthian Group is a faith-based professional private investigation agency based in Ontario, California specializing in the art of surveillance for workers' compensation fraud, infidelity and child custody, and welfare investigation cases. Corinthian Group is a technology-savvy private investigative firm utilizing state-of-the-art technology, qualified experience, and a strong sense of integrity to provide clients with efficient results. Corinthian Group offers free phone consultations.

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Empire Pacific Investigative Service

West Hollywood, CA 90069
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Empire Pacific Investigative Service is an investigation and consultation firm based in West Hollywood that offers a diverse range of investigative services individually tailored to clients' specific needs. Empire Pacific Investigative Services was established in 1993 by three retired U.S. Federal Special Agents and for the past 20 years has primarily been involved in infidelity investigations, domestic surveillance, child support investigations, missing person searches, and employee theft and fraud investigations. Empire Pacific Investigative Service has been Rated A Top Los Angeles Investigative Firm in 2015.

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Hodson P.I. Investigations

41661 Enterprise Circle N Suite 225, Temecula, CA 92590
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Fullerton-based Hodson P.I. Investigations has been conducting professional investigative services for the public, businesses, and municipal entities throughout California, select other states, and the world since 2003. They offer wide variety professional investigative services which include surveillance, background checks, missing persons, financial investigations, service of legal process, workplace investigations, theft investigations, and online and social media Investigations. The firm is headed by world renowned private detective Justin D. Hodson, CPI, an internationally renowned professional private investigator, a former executive officer and board member at the California Association of Licensed Investigators (CALI), and a Certified Professional Investigator (CPI).

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Hover View Investigations

Los Angeles, CA 90028
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Hover View Investigations is a full service detective agency located in the heart of Los Angeles. They provide cost effective and affordable services from investigators who use their expertise and hi-tech resources to help insurance companies, employers, and businesses with background checks, asset search, missing person location, investigate insurance fraud, and hire bodyguards. Hover View Investigations is a licensed, bonded, and insured company and a member of United States Association of Private Investigators.

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4.5 / 5 (25)
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5.0 / 5 (6)
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5.0 / 5 (2)

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J R Investigations

Calabasas, CA 91302
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J R Investigations is a California private investigator and investigation agency based in Calabasas that has been serving businesses and individuals since 1990. Director Jay Rosenzweig specializes in abduction cases, background investigations, locate investigations, identity fraud, and family law investigation. He was named Investigator of the Year by the California Association of Licensed Investigators (CALI) and was elected president in 1997. He is also a member of the Professional Investigators of California and the Association of Professional Genealogists.

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5.0 / 5 (60)
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5.0 / 5 (5)

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Katz Investigations

8306 Wilshire Blvd., Suite 927 Beverly Hills, CA 90211, Beverly Hills, CA 90211
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Katz Investigations is a company of private investigators that serves clients in Los Angeles and nearby areas. The firm strives to take an in-depth look at the businesses or industries its clients are involved in to provide customized solutions. These private investigators conduct pre-employment background checks to help companies select candidates. They also handle comprehensive financial investigations to locate hidden assets for clients. This firm has been offering investigative advice since 1988.

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5.0 / 5 (40)
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4.9 / 5 (28)
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5.0 / 5 (2)

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Kay and Associates Investigations

9465 Wilshire Blvd, Beverly Hills, CA 90212
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Kay and Associates Investigations is a private investigation and security consultation company based in Encino that specializes in surveillance, cyber security, and fraud. Kay and Associates has over 24 years licensed in California and employs experts and professionals in all areas of investigations to ensure the highest level of service. Their services include investigative and security solutions for corporate security, theft, spousal infidelity, custody and divorce, security consultation, executive protection foreign and domestic, and asset and property repatriation. Kay and Associates have been rated five-stars by previous clients for their professionalism, accuracy, and high quality of service.

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4.5 / 5 (17)
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4.2 / 5 (10)
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5.0 / 5 (4)

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Kinsey Investigations

4712 Admiralty Way, Marina del Rey, CA 90292
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Headquartered in Marina del Rey, Kinsey Investigations is a private investigation company serving Santa Monica clients. Investigators at this firm deal with family law, missing persons, cheating spouses, and adultery cases with a personalized approach. They work with businesses, private individuals, law firms, insurance agencies, and organizations to evaluate situations and draft appropriate solutions to achieve desired results. In addition, they conduct surveillance operations using state-of-the-art equipment. Their services also include business background, handwriting analysis, fraud, and social media investigations.

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5.0 / 5 (71)
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4.5 / 5 (28)

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Najar Investigations

65 Pine Ave Ste 870, Long Beach, CA 90802
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Najar Investigations is a private investigation company with reach extending through the Los Angeles metro area. Its detectives have experience with many different scenarios and they investigate situations ranging from infidelity to kidnapping and abduction. It can also help clients to search for missing assets. Najar Investigations' services are bolstered by its extensive experience with security and law enforcement technology. Clients can retain this company for ongoing security and surveillance services as well.

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4.9 / 5 (79)
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4.6 / 5 (18)
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5.0 / 5 (4)

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Priority 1 Investigations

300 West Valley Boulevard, Alhambra, CA 91803
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Priority 1 Investigations is a team of private investigators based in Los Angeles. The company is committed to helping clients with issues concerning infidelity, assets, insurance fraud, child custody, and missing persons. Aside from this, the trained investigators also specialize in providing legal support services. The team has experience in gathering witness statements, analyzing handwriting to identify the authorship of contested legal documents, and investigating conservatorships. Priority 1 Investigations is a licensed company with 25 years of experience.

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Strategic Support Investigations

Pasadena, CA 91101
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Strategic Support Investigations is a licensed and insured private investigation firm based in Pasadena founded by former law enforcement investigators. Strategic Support Investigations aims to provide affordable investigative solutions for individuals, families, businesses, attorneys, and the insurance industry with services that include insurance fraud investigations, domestic and infidelity investigations, criminal and civil investigations, elder abuse investigation, and background investigations. Strategic Support Investigations offers free consultation and case estimate.

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Sunset Blvd. Investigations, Inc.

Los Angeles, CA 90015
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Sunset Blvd. Investigations is a privately owned and licensed investigative firm based in downtown Los Angeles that specializes in civil and criminal investigations. Sunset Blvd. Investigations offers a wide range of specialized services in the field of private investigation, civil, and criminal investigations. They are a member of the California Association of Licensed Investigators, Professional Investigators of California, and World Association of Detectives, Inc.

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Super Eye Investigations

Encino, CA 91436
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Super Eye Investigations is a full service private investigation firm based in Encino that provides investigation options for corporate clients, law firms, and the private sector. Their team of private investigators has over 30 years of experience in the field, and are equipped with law enforcement and military backgrounds. Using state-of-the-art technology to deliver quick and efficient results, they offer a wide range of services that include surveillance, infidelity investigation, missing persons, database record search, undercover operations, and pre-employment screenings. Super Eye Private Investigations of Los Angeles is licensed, bonded and insured and provide complimentary, confidential consultations.

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Tony Vain Investigations

Los Angeles, CA
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Tony Vain Investigations provides private investigations for clients near Los Angeles. The agency offers a diverse range of services focusing on civil, corporate, and criminal cases such as alimony reduction, worker's compensation fraud, and locating witnesses. Its investigators are of high personal moral character and have professional work ethics while it uses the latest in video surveillance technology and advanced equipment to work on cases. Tony Vain Investigations is a member of the California Association of Licensed Investigators and the World Association of Detectives, Inc.

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Tristar Investigation

Los Angeles, CA 90066
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Los Angeles-based Tristar Investigation is a full service detective agency that helps clients throughout California with investigative needs. For over 30 years, their team of licensed private investigators, with backgrounds in law enforcement, have provided a personal and professional touch to the services they provide. Tristar is a member of the National Association of Legal Investigators, the California Association of Licensed Investigators, and the National Council of Investigation and Security Services.

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Frequently Asked Questions

Introduction

Some cases grow cold without ever getting solved by the police, and others tend to be too unorthodox for the police since they're mainly limited to criminal cases. This is where private investigators come in.

Private investigators, also known as PIs, offer a wide range of services, including finding missing persons, tracking marital infidelity, investigating theft, running background checks, verifying insurance claims, and collecting debts on behalf of their clients.

PIs work on any case requiring extensive research and investigation. Their duties range from gathering vital facts and connecting clues to providing conclusive information regarding the case.

What is a private investigator?

Private investigators are experienced individuals hired to carry out detective work. They are fact-finding experts who dedicate time and effort to gather evidence and reveal information that would be difficult to gain through ordinary means. Private investigators can either operate alone or work for an agency.

Are private detectives real?

Yes, private investigators are real. They provide their expertise to anyone who needs an in-depth investigation for an important matter. Whether tracking a long-lost loved one, running background checks, finding missing persons, or conducting general research, private detectives operate with discretion and rarely make the news.

What do private investigators do?

PI work involves a lot of information gathering and fact analysis. Their field assignments involve carefully following persons of interest, conducting surveillance, interviewing people, and, sometimes, going undercover to get more information. They use GPS tracking devices, video recorders, computers, and other technology to collect information.

How do private investigators work?

Private investigators’ ability to conduct examinations and close cases without their targets knowing their involvement makes them very effective. A PI firm may have different personnel, each specializing in a particular field. From computer experts to web-data analysts and field officers, these agents work together to solve cases or complete an objective.

What is a private investigator allowed to do?

PIs are civilians, so they're required to operate within the confines of the law. Private investigators search multiple online databases, public records, and open source files to collect information. However, they cannot bug phones or hack into online accounts to acquire protected information. They can conduct surveillance on people in public places, but they can't trespass into their homes or property.

Are private investigators legal?

It's completely legal to hire a private investigator. The operations of licensed private investigators are also legal and protected by the law. They are, however, subject to scrutiny and strict regulations that ensure they conduct investigations with professionalism and ethics.

How much does a private investigator cost?

The cost of hiring a private investigator depends on the service you need. Most PIs have a fixed rate for services, such as background checks, GPS tracking, record searches, and debt collection, ranging from $50 to $300 or more per day. For complex assignments, including finding missing persons, tracking infidelity, or locating long-lost relatives, the PI may charge per hour or ask for a retainer. On average, a private investigator will cost around $50 to $200 per hour.

Are private investigators worth it?

Private detectives are well trained and experienced in performing investigations and surveillance without risking exposure. The information they gather can be difficult for an average person to obtain. Hiring a private investigator could provide valuable information, but whether that knowledge is worthwhile depends on your individual needs.

Do private investigators have badges?

Private investigators are not law enforcement and, in most cases, will refrain from revealing their identity to maintain a low profile. For identification and to confirm their official status, PIs carry a badge and a private investigator’s license.

Why would a private investigator be looking for me?

A private investigator may contact you if:

  • You are a witness. You might know a person or have information relevant to their investigation.
  • Someone is looking for you. It may be a subpoena for an ongoing case, long-lost family, or friends from your past.
  • An insurance company needs to verify and authenticate insurance claims.

How do I get rid of a private investigator?

Private investigators are not easily recognized. However, if you suspect you are being watched or followed, the best option is to call the police and not confront them. It's also advisable to stay indoors until the issue gets resolved since they don't have permission to trespass into your home.

Can private investigators be charged with stalking?

A licensed private investigator can conduct surveillance, record, and even follow suspects. The license gives them a permissible purpose, and they can do so without their actions being regarded as stalking. As long as they don’t intimidate or invade a person's privacy, it's within the confines of the law, and they cannot be charged. If you have concerns about someone who may be a PI, contact the police to discuss your options.

Can you sue someone for hiring a private investigator?

Hiring a private investigator is legal, and you cannot sue someone for hiring one to get information on you. However, if there have been instances of invasion of personal space, harassment, or intimidation, you can sue both the PI and the client for damages incurred.

How do I become a private investigator?

While there are no fixed academic qualifications for becoming a private investigator, having education and knowledge of the criminal justice system is essential. This enables the investigators to know their limitations without breaking the law. Additionally, most states require PIs to obtain a private investigator's license, which is reviewed regularly to ensure compliance.

What does it take to be a private investigator?

Curiosity, persuasion, patience, and the ability to analyze information are all traits required for a successful career as a private investigator. Their work involves interviewing people, observing, and gathering information. This makes the qualities above very important for success in the profession. Having previous experience in law enforcement is also helpful.

How do I get a private investigator license?

Different states have different regulations and requirements before issuing a license. Some of the most common qualifications include completing a private investigation course, two years of work experience, no previous criminal record, and weapons permit for armed personnel. Private investigators are also regularly tested to ensure the validity of their certification.

How long does it take to become a private investigator?

The most direct path for this career is getting a bachelor's degree in criminal justice, which usually takes four years. Then take a one-year internship in an investigative firm to gain hands-on experience. Having done this, you can count yourself as a private investigator.

How much do private investigators make?

According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, the annual median wage for private investigators in 2020 was $53,320. Entry-level private investigators with only a high school diploma earn around $30,000, while those with a criminal justice bachelor's degree and over five years of experience make up to $84,000 annually.

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