The Premier California Private Detective Firm
Private Detective Services provides private investigation and detective services to businesses in California and beyond, including law firms, insurance companies, major corporations and small business. Our California-based detective firm also counts many private citizens among our clients.
Staffed by police-trained, seasoned professional investigators, we’re trained to deal with all aspects of private detective work and security. Every member of our firm had to pass an extensive criminal background investigation, ensuring us and our clients that all agents bearing our company patch are qualified and reliable.
In our private detective work we utilize sophisticated investigative techniques, and incorporate the latest technology. This, coupled with our California agency’s tried-and-true, street-smart investigative experience, provides our clients with the best possible private detective services. Our staff excels in solving complex and sensitive problems. No matter what type of investigative work you seek, you will find us knowledgeable, skilled and professional.
We have the experience, training, and discretion to design and implement specialized detective services to meet your specific needs. We are pleased that you are considering us for your investigative and security needs, and look forward to working with you. Please contact us with any questions by e-mail or toll free telephone at (877) 433-6277.
Legality of Legal Searches
All private detective searches conducted by Private Detective Services Now are accomplished in full compliance with current financial privacy legislation, including the Gramm-Leach-Bliley Act (Senate 5.900), which became law in November 1999.
This legislation was designed to help prevent serious financial crimes, such as identify theft. Unfortunately, the far-reaching restrictions of these laws have resulted in making it more difficult for legitimate creditors to collect judgments and other lawful financial obligations. While we support the law’s intention of introducing sanctions in cases of “identity theft,” we feel that debtors and financial “deadbeats” could well benefit from this new litigation. However, our clients can rest assured that every one of our private detective searches is in full compliance with the law, and that we continuously monitor new legislation to ensure that our services continue to conform to federal and state laws.
Much of our California private detective work is conducted through specialized databases, which are carefully controlled and restricted to those in the investigative trade. These databases, some of which contain billions of records, are assembled from legally obtained public record information. These databases provide the private detective and the asset researcher with powerful tools that cannot be found in other publicly accessible information sources like the Internet.
These databases provide enhanced search capabilities, often screening and merging millions of records, and provide a comprehensive profile on the search subject that could not be developed, on a cost-effective basis, through any other means. Public record information found in these databases includes:
- Real estate ownership
- Tax liens
- Vehicle ownership
- Driving history
- Criminal history
- Business affiliations
- Corporate status
- Fictitious business names
- Present and previous addresses
- Watercraft ownership
- Aircraft ownership
- Major stock ownership
Prior to the introduction of the recent federal legislation, many asset search firms provided detailed account balance information for certain “liquid asset” searches, such as bank accounts, brokerage firm accounts, etc. In almost all cases, this information was developed through a pretext, usually by contacting the bank or financial institution and impersonating the search subject. The use of these types of pretexts involving the bank or financial institution, or the impersonation of the search subject, is now specifically prohibited under the new law.
In response to the new federal legislation, our private detectives have developed new methods and techniques to obtain this valuable and “hard-to-get” information, through entirely legal and ethical means, and in full compliance of the law. With more than seventy-five combined years of experience in the asset search field, we will continue to offer “liquid asset” searches, but only in situations involving judgments, child support, or other legal financial obligations of the search subject that have been adjudicated by a court of competent jurisdiction.
In some cases, the banks and financial institutions will only confirm the existence of accounts, while in other instances, the banks and financial institutions may provide additional information, including an indication of average account balances, etc.
In compliance with the recent federal legislation, it should be stressed that at no time will the investigator ever utilize a pretext when dealing with banks and/or financial institutions, and the private detective will never misrepresent his or her true identity or attempt to impersonate the search subject in any manner. All information developed in the course of these searches is obtained in a legal, ethical, honest and professional manner.
Please feel free to contact our California office or toll free at (877) 433-6277 if you have any questions, or if you wish to discuss this matter with our private detectives or research staff.