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Santa Monica Investigators

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Luis Orellana Investigations
4.6
from 27 reviews
  • 12 years in business
  • 75 hires on Thumbtack
David H.
Verified review

Luis Orellana was hired to find an individual who had "disappeared" with a very valuable antique and also a substantial amount of money for interior design services that were never rendered. Luis has proven to be both a savvy and diligent investigator, committed to achieving the objective based his personal reputation. He has already obtained and returned the antique to my possession, and will focus now on the return of monies taken in association with the local police department. My experience has been one of "positive relief," knowing that an experienced and professional investigator has taken control of this unexpected and undesirable situation ! David Heniges

  • 7 years in business
  • 19 hires on Thumbtack
Pete R.
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Thank You Metro Investigation, on reverse surveillance information. filling safe and protected. Thank You .

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WIS
5.0
from 13 reviews
  • 29 years in business
  • 14 hires on Thumbtack
  • Top Pro on Thumbtack
Mark M.
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I retained WIS to conduct a delicate social media investigation. I had an immediate response, a tailored outcome that included a thorough analysis. All the contact I had was directly with the principal, and he was fantastic at explaining the process and alerting me to the realistic outcomes that I could expect to receive. I consequently had realistic expectations - and before I actually paid for anything - about what might be possible. I did not ultiamtely find everything I wanted but it was very clear indeed that WIS went well beyond the extra mile to help me, left no stone unturned in researching the issue and looking for an answer. As an example of going beyond the extra mile, WIS kept on the matter after sending me the report that I had paid for and voluntarily provided me with an update report that did contain additional useful information. Who else would stay on the case like that? I doubt it is industry practice, but it is the way WIS actually did things for me. I found WIS very polite, very responsive, very quick, very thorough and totally objective. I would have no hesitation in recommending WIS, and I personally will not waste a second looking elsewhere if I ever needed work of the sort WIS does to be done for me. It was an excellent experience, and good value for money as well.

  • 7 years in business
  • 17 hires on Thumbtack
Rob K.
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I've hired Morrow Detective Agency on several occasions and have always been pleased with the service. My cases were handled with complete confidentiality, thoroughness, and timliness. Steve is the consummate professional. He made me feel like family and handled my cases as though he were personally invested. This is what truly distinguishes Morrow Detective Agency from it's competitors. I am happy to write this review and higly recommend Steve to my family, my friends, and anyone looking for an outstanding private investigator.

Becky Moore Investigations
5.0
from 12 reviews
  • 3 years in business
  • 7 hires on Thumbtack
Gerald S.
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Becky is just great. I was disappointed with the snail pace of police/detectives in LA county in regard to my case (theft). So I found her online..called her and noticed a difference right away. There are times in life when you say.."I need a lawyer." Originally, that was my thinking.. But let her investigate and uncover the truth first.. Then hire an attorney if you really need to.

  • 16 hires on Thumbtack
Pauldin S.
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Very accurate and to the point investigation . Very timely with the reports. thanks

  • 27 years in business
Ram M.
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I hired Chameleon to conduct surveillance on a previous employee that I suspected is not injured at all. I am extremely happy with the results that saved me a lot of headaches and saved money to the insurance company.

TAUSIG & ASSOCIATES
5.0
from 5 reviews
  • 5 years in business
  • 7 hires on Thumbtack
Victoria C.
Verified review

The law firm I worked for used Tausig and Associates for pretty much all surveillance, investigations, asset searches, process serving, etc. Ian and his team were always polite and professional. Ian had great client and staff communication at all times and was always a straight shooter. Ian'said work always impressed, and he could find things no one else could. Definitely the best investigator out there.

  • 12 years in business
  • 6 hires on Thumbtack
Nicole R.
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Words cannot express how amazing the experience was with Rod and the Investigators at investigations by Retired Cops was. It took a long time to get the courage to make the call, but I now wish I had done it sooner. For years I felt my husband may be cheating but I truly wasn't sure. I was embarrassed and scared. I made the call without knowing what to expect but right away they made me feel comfortable and walked me through the process. Knowing what a stressful situation this was they answered my questions, supported my need for confidentiality and discreetness and communicated with me throughout the entire process. If anyone is ever forced to face a bad situation such as mine I hope that they are wise enough to use Investigatins by Retired Cops. They are professional and knowledgeable. I recommend them to anyone in need and appreciate their ability to help me move forward in my life in a positive way. Excellent Company!

Robert C.
Verified review

UNIT 07 was very refreshing to work with...I needed help in the form of bodyguards and I needed my former business partner investigated for fraud against myself and my new business partner. UNIT 07 was very methodical with the way every aspect of my case was handled, I only wished I could have been more involved but they got the job done and I think I was to emotional to get to close anyways. Thanks again. Robert E. C.

Creative Investigations
5.0
from 1 review
  • 1 hire on Thumbtack
Karen D.
Verified review

We are very impressed with Tracy's speed and enthusiasm to zero in to my issues of the Macaw parrot that a con man duped us on.

E. T.
Verified review

Mark took his time to do a thorough investigation of my situation. He was able to provide concrete evidence to further my goals and help bring closure to a situation that was nebulous at best before he got involved. I didn't get the run around. I did get factual and timely explanations along with any proof that he found which helped me make very necessary decisions.

Linked Investigations
5.0
from 1 review
    Karl G.
    Verified review

    I have used Linked Investigations for years. I had an incident with an employee in the past that taught me a valuable lesson. I now screen all potential employees. I provide Mike with basic information like a name, SSN if I have it, and an address or phone number and he can find a surprising amount of information on a person, for example, any criminal past or credit issues. The reports are thorough, timely, and worth it. I recommend him to any employer or anyone needing a background check.

    • 18 years in business
    About

    I am a private investigator/former police officer with over 23 years of investigative experience. I have appeared on numerous major television shows to discuss cases I have worked. The following are my services: * Background Investigations * Locate Investigations * Criminal Defense * Child Custody Matters * Surveillance * Stalker Mitigation * Motion Picture Technical Advisory

    • 24 years in business
    About

    We do investigations for the following: * loss prevention * surveillance * employee theft * covert cameras * mystery shopping * loss prevention program * external theft prevention * organized retail crimes * management training * auditing compliance * polygraph examination * background investigations * hospitality * surveillance cameras * integrity shops * criminal investigations * civil investigations * insurance investigations * executive protection * corporate investigations * service of process * attorney Services * spouse investigations * missing person/skip tracing

    About

    We provide threat assessment and strategy in personal and environmental security. We also provide counter-stalking counseling and mediation.

    • 1 hire on Thumbtack
    About

    We are a Los Angeles private investigator who offers a full-service detective agency helping clients worldwide with investigative needs in California and throughout the U.S. For 17 years, we have served the legal, insurance and business communities, as well as private parties.

    About

    We provide private investigation and bodyguard and security and legal services. We do surveillance. We are finding and tracking people.

    About

    Garrett & Associates has spent many years prior to licensing in the 1980's learning & honing our PI skills from "old school" professional described as true "gumshoes". Think of Los Angeles, 1940's Mickey Spillane-type investigators that hit the streets for real & accurate information right from the source...not a computer or stale databases...you get the picture. We have old as well as new resources developing daily and apply these to every investigation conducted in a confidential manner. It can get no better

    • 14 years in business
    About

    We do worker's comp, AOE/COE, surveillance, family law, statements, industrial/corporate undercover and general investigations. We have a state of California Investigations License. Hablamos espanol.

    About

    We have eyes everywhere. We can see what you cannot. We will do what you will not. We get you the answers you need and deserve.

    Q & A

    Answers to commonly asked questions from the experts on Thumbtack.

    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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