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Secure Investigators, Inc
from 6 reviews
  • 1 hire on Thumbtack
Hal B.
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I knew Floyd Greenwood as an associate with Powers Detective Agency as a Private Investigator for fifteen years. Floyd is an expert in surveillance, both stationary and mobile. His integrity, professionalism and attention to detail ensures the client receives the best possible outcome to their case. Floyd is very honest, reliable, and extremely well in in maintaining communications while on an assignment. His detailed investigations were always done in a timely manner, providing a detailed report that was always well written. His experience as a Labor Investigator was always a valuable asset to our firm, especially in the investigation of corporate accounts. On one particular case through which I knew him his investigation involved theft in the workplace. Floyd resolved the case in less than twenty-four hours. He assisted the client with the legal proceeding which resulted in conviction for the perpetrator. Powers Detective is no longer involved in private investigation, therefore all inquires requesting of a private investigator are referred to his firm Secure Investigators, Inc.

NC Detective Agency
from 5 reviews
  • 44 years in business
Alton T.
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Helped me out with a problem in my family, quick and efficient, great price and I am satisfied!

  • 37 years in business

We offer the following services: - Bug sweep - Eavesdrop detection - Cyber security investigation - Spy detection specialist - TSCM sweep audit is an example of our full-time professional service Michael Guadagno is a highly regarded and extremely well-versed law enforcement and investigative professional with an unusual trade specialty. He hunts spies, and he loves it! Mr. Guadagno is the founder and principal of Michael Guadagno & Associates, counterespionage investigations. Michael Guadagno & Associates' primary function is technical counterespionage detection, which includes his outstanding investigative ability. Mr. Guadagno is licensed, bonded, insured and is board certified in the electronic countermeasures profession. He is also a graduate of the New York Department of Criminal Justice Law Enforcement Academy. Mr. Guadagno is an honorably careered government law enforcement officer and the recipient of numerous letters of commendation from US Presidents, New York and North Carolina State Attorneys General, Chief Crown Attorney Toronto Ontario Canada and professional associations praising his work and his successes. He has been the guest speaker and trainer at law enforcement academies in several states including the DoD Federal Law Enforcement Academy at Aberdeen Proving Ground, Maryland. He is an approved electronic countermeasures instructor for the NC Department of Justice PPSB licensing board. He has earned the elite title of veteran spy hunter from the Director of Espionage Research Institute and has consulted on the first advisory board of Espionage Research Institute International. Mr. Guadagno has extensive background in government, military, law enforcement, business and private citizen counterespionage detection and investigator services. Coupled with a broad spectrum of educational and professional accomplishments makes this group uniquely qualified at espionage detection or in common language "catching real spies." Michael Guadagno ranks among one of the top counterespionage, privately-owned businesses in the nation. Make him your first choice to call.

Target Detective Agency

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    We provide various types of investigation: Accident & Insurance Investigation Civil & Criminal Investigation Background Investigation Child Custody Surveillance Divorce Cheating Spouse

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    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.

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    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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