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Greensburg Private Detectives

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  • 8 hires on Thumbtack
Doug C.
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Due to the diligence of John Dixon and his very capable staff, Royal Investigative Services was able to acquire significant evidence for my client which will undoubtedly guarantee that we will prevail in court. Royal provided scores of incriminating photographs and crucial video which will make our case. John and his skilled investigators followed the subjects of the investigation for days in order to obtain the evidence needed and never gave themselves away. I highly recommend Royal Investigative Services should you require the need of a professional private investigatror!

  • 5 years in business
  • 3 hires on Thumbtack
Robert B.
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Excellent work and quick service - Fred is a great investigator.

  • 1 hire on Thumbtack

Suspicious? We offer all types of private investigative work! From simple surveillance to complex, extreme surveillance, see why all local TV stations look to us for equipment and/or assistance! We are the best-equipped agency in Pittsburgh, PA. Other services include debugging of phones, homes and offices! Cell phones can also be searched for bugs. We also offer hidden asset discovery and background checks. Having been in business since 1982, let us help you with your investigative needs!


I am a former police officer for 23 years. I have loyalty and confidentiality. I offer a guaranteed quality work at reasonable rates.


From my many years as a professional investigator I learned that being persistent, consistent, dedicated, work well with others, honest, and being well informed, has assisted me to stand out amongst my peers in my law enforcement career. As a recipient of numerous awards for my investigative abilities I continue to use the same energy in my business.


I managed several Sunoco gas stations before becoming a full-time police officer in 1994. Most of my career, I was in charge of narcotics division. I have collaborated with many agencies during my career. I am easily one of the highest decorated officer in Allegheny County. I was a policeman of the year in 2012. I did a lot of community services in schools, teaching drug abuse.


We Care. Its not just a job to us. Its a way of giving back to people. Proving that someone is breaking the rules, finding a family member, or searching for missing information- all this helps someone get the answers they need.


We are a security guard company and a private detective agency. We are serving all of western Pennsylvania. Rush and emergency services are available. Short-term and long-term guard contracts are available.

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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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