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Santee Private Detectives

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  • 25 years in business
  • 5 hires on Thumbtack
Tom M.
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This man is the best background and assets investigator I have ever known. I am a fellow private investigator who specializes is worker's compensation fraud, and Mr. Hamilton is my go-to guy for background and assets search investigations. Again, simply the best.

  • 11 years in business
  • 5 hires on Thumbtack
Jamie B.
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I used Nick as part of my divorce case to do a co-habitation investigation (essentially to prove that my soon to be ex-wife was already living with her boyfriend - which was the reason for our divorce). Being able to demonstrate this would allow me to significantly reduce or eliminate my spousal support obligation. Nick came highly recommended by several attorneys that I had interviewed and he lived up to my high expectations in every way. Nick was creative in how we approached the case, collaborated with me in every way that I desired, kept me abreast of what was going on, and was very detailed. I really enjoyed working with Nick and appreciated how he was always helping me find ways of approaching the case that would keep my costs down. He is not one of those shady private investigators which I appreciated because if someone is willing to break the law for you, then I would question how much you could trust hiring them to represent you. I would absolutely recommend using Bradley Investigative Services.

La Barbara Investigations
from 3 reviews
  • 14 years in business
Omar K.
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Dinnell is a great private investigator, she was professional and kept me informed. Thank you for your hard work.

  • 5 years in business
  • 1 hire on Thumbtack
Alexandra G.
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I highly recommend Alex Smit at Crane & Gold Security. He is doing an outstanding job, he's professional and honest. Five stars.

De Vry Investigations
from 1 review
  • 18 years in business
Sharon F.
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DeVry Investigations did an outstanding job in my recent divorce. Their professionalism in handling my unique case was superb! I highly recommend them for any domestic case.


Confidence Investigations offers a wide range of services. No matter what the situation is, call us because we have many affiliations that enable us to help in areas that are not necessarily listed here. * standard/routine service of process * rush service of process * stake outs * skip tracing * P.O. forwarding address search * notary public * workers compensation investigations * covert/undercover operations * surveillance and counter surveillance to include all domestic matters * criminal investigations * civil investigations * trial preparation * missing persons investigations * asset searches * electronic vehicle tracking * electronic monitoring and countermeasures * interviews and interrogation services * background investigations * pre-employment investigations


  • 15 years in business

Use of Modern Technology but retaining Old Fashion Values.

  • 20 years in business

RDI’s global leadership in the investigation arena is founded on a 14 year record of delivering business results to clients worldwide. Our mission is to put investigations to work in practical cost efficient ways.




We are a California based professional private investigative agency with capabilities to complete assignments throughout the United States. Our investigations include asset investigations, background checks, domestic investigations, fraud investigations, locating missing persons, locating records, and, of course, surveillance investigations. We provide process service to our clients as well. We are serving all legal documents throughout California and the United States. Our staff will also assist with preparation and service of all small claims files.

  • 8 years in business
  • 3 hires on Thumbtack

Professionalism and ethics. There are some in this service field that skirt the laws - I don't. If something is illegal to do I will let you know up front. I am very good at investigating, but I do so within the parameters of the law.


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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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