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Tucson Private Detectives

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  • 1 year in business
  • 27 hires on Thumbtack
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Tom L.
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Extremely effective private investigator. I asked all around on tracking down a deadbeat, and Blackhorse offered to do the job at the best price. Dependable, honest and transparent business methods. Highly recommended.

  • 15 hires on Thumbtack
Sydni T.
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John got into contact with me immediately and performed great, accurate service and was very friendly, professional, and helpful. Highly recommend him as a private investigative resource that is cost effective.

  • 20 years in business
  • 1 hire on Thumbtack

Our company has been in existence since 1998 with exceptional service. We are licensed, bonded and insured in the state of Arizona.


I am a tenacious Private Investigator and Security professional holding Private Investigator, Qualified Manager, Security Guard, and Real Estate licenses in California. In Arizona, I hold a Private Investigator license and a Concealed Weapons permit. I am currently in the process of obtaining a Fugitive Apprehension / Bounty Hunter / Bail Enforcement Agent license from the Arizona Department of Insurance. My background includes more than 20 years of training and hands-on experience conducting and managing private investigations for attorneys, businesses and individuals. Investigative experience encompasses attorney legal research and litigation investigations, corporate intelligence, ground / vehicle surveillance, electronic surveillance, evidence gathering, insurance fraud and white collar crime. Expert in Open Source Intelligence Techniques (OSINT) and Social Media Research and Investigations. As a case manager I solve complex strategic problems by analyzing options, prioritizing activities and executing actions that save time, reduce exposure risk, and maximizes case solvability / results. When managing a project team, I develop and outline the strategic plan, delegate responsibilities, set deadlines, create administrative standards for each case, and promote personal accountability. I’m a persistent seeker, prober, and finder. I leave no stone unturned. If it exists, I will find it.

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What does a private investigator do?

First and foremost, good private investigators follow laws. Unlike on TV, they don’t break in windows or hack into hospital computer systems to get you intel. When you hire a private investigator, you’re hiring a professional to gather facts and find information for you. Although they can’t obtain certain information (such as health records), they do have access to information that most civilians do not. Often private investigators are hired to perform surveillance or background checks or investigate cases such as adultery, child custody, missing persons, hidden assets, or debugging, and theft or other crimes.

Private investigators can be hired to interview people and provide that information to the client, perform photo or video surveillance, monitor activity at a location where you suspect criminal activities or questionable behavior, track a person’s movements, find missing people, do deep-dive background checks, and more. Private investigation can be helpful if you’re trying to get a court order but need evidence. Private investigators can also help find birth parents. Nationally, the average price range for private investigation is $70-$210 per hour.

What does a private investigator cost?

Private investigation isn’t just for blockbuster action movies. Hiring a private investigator can help in all kinds of situations ranging from finding a birth parent to improving personal security. Nationally, the average price range for private investigation is $70-$210, although pricing often hovers between $40 and $100 depending on the complexity of the services you need. Where you live in the country will affect your costs for private investigation; larger cities have higher business overhead and a higher cost of living, which in turn means higher service rates. The complexity of your case can also affect cost. A basic background check may have a flat rate, while hiring a private investigator to help with your child custody case may require more legwork and research, and therefore cost more. Some private investigators work on retainer. A retainer is essentially a nonrefundable deposit you pay to the professional — meaning you have retained their services — who then works against that amount. Here are some examples of average private investigation costs:

  • Hourly rate: $60-$70; costs can vary based on current fuel prices.
  • Flat rate: $100 for comprehensive background investigation services.
  • Retainer: $1,500 minimum retainer required by some pros before starting work.
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