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Rochester Investigators

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  • 5 years in business
  • 9 hires on Thumbtack
Corey M.
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Vanguard is my "go to" agency for investigative work on my family law cases. They do a thorough job for a price that my clients can live with. Knowing that Vanguard is made up of former law enforcement officers gives me the confidence to know that if I need them to testify, it won't be their first rodeo. C. MacDonald, Esq.

  • 20 years in business
  • 5 hires on Thumbtack
David H.
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Mike is an honorable, sensitive and practical professional who handled my dying father's notary requirements with empathy.

Paranormal Destination
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  • 41 years in business
  • 8 hires on Thumbtack
Tammy O.
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I received an instant response and date to meet. I haven't had investigation but expect results I need

  • 28 years in business
  • 2 hires on Thumbtack
Kurt J.
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Caring and professional investigation service


Shield Investigations and Security Company (SISC) is a insured, bonded and licensed security services and private investigation company (license # P-772), located in Boston, Massachusetts, and serving clients through affiliate offices nationally. In operation since 1991, SISC is the personification of the extensive experiential base of professionals who draw on an comprehensive collection of private and public sector law enforcement, investigative, and corporate security experience.


GSPI is a professional investigative team, based out of the Salem, NH area that will go to any lengths to help its client. We investigate anything and everything in the preternatural world, including, but not limited to the haunting phenomena, alien abductions, UFO, cryptozoology, etc. We use the utmost privacy with our clients and present real and factual evidence to ensure the client peace of mind.


We investigate all paranormal occurrences, as well as cryptozoology cases. We are currently taking cases in Southern Maine, but will be acquiring cases in New England as well. We have some experienced investigators and tech staff. We also have two occult specialists, along with some up-to-date tech equipment. We are always adding new equipment to our repertoire. We are new, and have completed one residential case, and two cases with two different businesses.


Black Water Investigations (BWI) is a private investigations agency based out of Salem N.H. and serving all of New Hampshire. BWI is dedicated to provide the utmost confidentiality, accuracy and integrity to our clients. Producing factual, accurate and unbiased documentation and images for our clients in a timely manner is what we try to achieve. Although we cannot guarantee the results of an investigation, we can guarantee you that we will do everything in our power for our clients during the course of the investigation. We are bonded and licensed (#59740) through the NH Department of Safety, Division of State Police. We are also members of the NH League of Investigators.


We do paranormal investigations and paranormal cleansing. We do investigations of public and private buildings and properties. We are a listed 501c NH charitable organization and do "Ghost Hunt" fund-raising for nonprofits throughout the area. We also hold informational "Paranormal 101" seminars.


We investigate the unexplained. We conduct investigations to determine if a home or commercial building is haunted.


We specialize in domestic cases, worker's compensation and child custody. Other services we provide are as follows: * Surveillance * Hidden camera installation * Nanny cams * Bodyguard work * Missing person investigation * Polygraph services * Electronic debugging * Matrimonial and premarital background checks * All types of undercover surveillance operations * Pre-employment screenings (criminal recorders, driving records, sex offender checks, credit history and education verification) We also offer services to retail clients such as honesty shops and bar shops. We are fully licensed.


I offer paranormal investigating using both scientific and spiritual methods. I also offer lecturing and presentations. I have a degree in environmental science. I am an author of two books: Ghost Chronicles and Ghost A Day. I am a host of Ghost Chronicles, Ghost Chronicles Next Generation, and Ghost Chronicles International internet radio shows.


Ghosts, demons, UFO's, do you hear noises or voices when there is no one around? Do you see things move? Are things missing,then show up a few days later in the same place where you put them in the first place? Are your kids playing and talking to someone who's not there? The doors keep opening and closing by itself?


I am a private investigator conducting investigation services, obtain statements, conduct courthouse searches and locate people.


We offer results-oriented private investigations. We find people, information, and property; in short, whatever the problem is, we find the solution you need. We are licensed, bonded, and insured in New England states.


We're a team of committed individuals in search of the truth about the paranormal. Our investigations utilize scientific method to assist us in proving or disproving paranormal activity claims. Scientific method would include a myriad of technologically-based equipment that is always changing and evolving. One definition of scientific method is as follows: * Generally involving the observation of the phenomena * The principles and empirical processes of demonstration and discovery considered necessary for or characteristic of scientific investigation * The formulation of a hypothesis concerning the phenomena * Experimentation to show the falseness or truth of the hypothesis * A conclusion that validates or modifies the hypothesis We believe that this is the right way to investigate. We don't depend on feelings or psychic means in the hope of gathering evidence. Rather, we prefer to utilize electronic equipment. We think this will be an excellent way to get irrefutable evidence, confirming the existence of all things paranormal. This equipment will also help us find logical mundane reasons for what may be distinguished as paranormal. In fact, we prefer to first find a possible logical reason for an issue. Then, after all we can think of has been ruled out, we look into the possible paranormal reason. Our mission at NightFall Paranormal is to learn about the paranormal and to better equip ourselves to help those who are in need around us, with regard to searching knowledge of the paranormal. There are many people who misunderstand the meaning of paranormal. It's also our aim to clarify misconceptions and misunderstandings about the paranormal to those who wish to learn. During an investigation, we act personable and professional. Your confidence in us is significant to every one of us. Your privacy and confidentially is our focus. We'll never disclose anything that you don't want to reveal! It is our desire that by approaching the paranormal through technical means, it will better assist you to understand, as well as better cope with, your surrounding. The best way we can achieve this with you is to share with you our experience. There is never a charge for our services, no matter how far away.


Every case that I accept is regarded with the utmost importance and I make certain to utilize every available resource in our efforts to resolve the clients concerns.


We offer private investigator services catered to your needs. We offer child custody, infidelity, insurance fraud and much more. I will put all of your doubts and suspicions to rest. Investigation is my life. I have over 10 years of experience as an investigator.

  • 12 years in business

Our Agency is comprised of several uniquely qualified licensed private Investigators. We are licensed, bonded and insured in NH, MA, ME, VT and Florida. We have combined Investigative experience of over 45 years. Our lead Investigators come with Law Enforcement and extensive Undercover histories. We handle all areas of Criminal, Civil and Marital matters as well as providing expert testimony. We work closely with Attorneys and can refer clients to Attorneys we feel would be the best fit for their particular case. We are easily reached by phone or email. Check out our website and see our reviews.


We are a team of researchers and paranormal investigators whose number one goal is to document, and hopefully someday attest the existence of ghosts in historical landmarks in New England. We approach all investigations with an opened mind, and use the latest scientific protocols to collect data which are used by any paranormal researcher today. We have all been part of paranormal groups before, and we have acquired lots of exposure which we carry over into E.P.N.E. Want to gain trust in each town we visit, and we use all the proper liability forms. No case is too small nor too big. What have you got to lose? It's free. We are funded only by group donations and dues from pleased and convinced clients. We all do this on account of our dedication to educate people. We also offer public speaking arrangements for any business or school. We are also providing ghost tours in haunted locations that are available to everyone. Keep going through our tours, and check if there is one you feel like to got to. Check if our team can be of service to you. Please visit our website, or just send us a message if you know of any house or historical building that we could add in our research, or feel free to contact E.P.N.E. even if you just have a great ghost experience you would like us to hear.

  • 2 years in business

We provide professional,courteous and confidential investigations in Civil and Criminal matters

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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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