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PRIVATE California Private Investigator based in San Francisco Bay Area - vintage image of female detective holding a torch

San Francisco Bay Area, Calif.

Don't Be Left In The Dark.
Hire California Private Investigators

Same day case initiation and many cases finished in 48 hours

30 years and thousands of cases solved with satisfied clients

SF Bay Area, Los Angeles, California and Nationwide clients served

Your Local  Private Investigator

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Our mission is to advise and connect our clients with professional private investigation and detective services worldwide, nationwide, and in the San Francisco Bay Area and Northern California regions. We pride ourselves on a consultative approach to our projects and exceptional customer service. Our end-to-end client experience includes managing everything from start to finish  and combines modern investigation function and cost-effectiveness with old fashioned customer service. Our private investigations are available  in Vallejo, Benicia, Fairfield, Napa, Sonoma, Marin, Petaluma, Santa Rosa, and San Francisco Bay areas. We  will work with you  to create tailored approaches that will enhance the value of your legal or personal matter. We will provide you the information you need to make important decisions while doing so on time and within budget.

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Free phone consultation. Comprehensive consults are $208 over phone. In-person consults range from $416-$832 in the SF Bay Area.

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Bureau certified licensed private investigator. You are assured of our professionalism, and commitment to legal investigations. #23712.


We Solve Big & Urgent Challenges

Transparency and honesty start with upfront pricing. Find another private investigator who lists prices. Go ahead, we'll wait. That's because 90% of private investigators don't list prices. Makes you wonder why, doesn't it?

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We look into people. We validate things like criminal history, education, employment, conduct, and more. Our background investigations can be custom tailored to your exact specifications.

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We locate hidden assets to make honest distribution more fair. Don't let them hide assets and cheat you from what you are due. From banks, to brokerage accounts; from hidden companies to houses and other real estate, crypto currency, safe deposit boxes, insurance policies and more.

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Looking for someone? Googled yourself silly? We use proprietary and government sources not available to the public to locate people.

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We help with family law matters such as cheating partners, child custody & support and elder abuse. During a family matter, emotions are understandably at an all time high. We offer objective sound investigative approaches that gather relevant facts that help you establish your case.

cyber and digital investigations


In-house professional digital forensics including social media forensics, Online harassment, cyber bullying and more. We have specialized people that are cybersecurity and cyber investigators.

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Find out the truth about who you are dating. Is it real or a scam? We get the answers you need for very little cost.

Why Choose Us?

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We listen

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We educate

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We give clarity

We take the time to understand your matter carefully so we can apply the correct strategy.

We will share what we can do and cannot do to ensure the success of your matter.

We will provide greater clarity so that you can make important decisions.

Hear what our clients are saying now!

Whether it's getting past a bad relationship, sticking it to a fraudster, or getting what you deserve in a family law matter, Private can help get you back on track to living a happy, healthy and often wealthier life.

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We hired Private to help us with a business issue. They assisted in rooting out an employ who was stealing our customer list. Excellent service.


Barry - Larkspur


What do you want to get more out of in your life?

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They aim to provide a holistic approach to private investigation services. It did feel that way and now I am glad I hired Private.

Patricia - Benicia

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My first time hiring a PI and I was pleased that they cared to go above and beyond.



Mariana - Sonoma

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We do investigations a little differently.

All-inclusive pricing is our best option to save you money. Whenever possible we will create a package price so you know what you are getting for your money. Hourly rates can be bottomless pits.

We treat your hard-earned money as our own. We know it isn't pleasant to hire a private investigator. We wouldn't want to either. So we do our best to take the sting out of high-quality service and results.

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Everything you need to get your investigation started fast.

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Complete privacy

Maximum discretion. Private is our name. We are the preeminent privacy focused private investigation firm in California.

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Secure case management

Every case is managed by only one person with complete security at the forefront. We do not keep paper files in our office and we utilize Tresorit for safe digital storage of only our contract between us.

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Quick case initiation 

Private doesn't waste any time. We roll up our sleeves and get started immediately on your matter. Don't wait to start your case, all cases are started the same day you hire us.

How Much Does a San Francisco Bay Area Private Investigator Cost?

The cost of hiring a California private investigator will depend upon the complexity of the investigation, the required human resources, possible expense, and the detective's experience. 


We break many of our private investigation services into package prices, saving our clients from the frustration of overinflated billing. We have all-inclusive package prices starting at $416.  Our hourly rate start at $200 per hour, but most of our services are in money saving packages.

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We know  you need CLARITY in life, but don’t know where to start? Click the button to schedule a call with an expert who can guide you in getting STARTED now.

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  • Secure, online process

  • Deep understanding of the unique challenges private clients face

Will the person know I hire a private investigator?

No. No one will ever know. Any records we access, data bases we search or information we uncover will not leak to the subject of investigation. We use careful and methodical approaches to our investigative strategies. If we feel any aspect of the matter may leak, we will share it with you first so we can decide if the risk is worth the reward.

Do you offer any guarantees on your investigation services?

Yes. We guarantee our workmanship based on the budget the client has provided. We also have some additional guarantees depending on the case.  Not all private investigations come with a guarantee, so it’s best to speak to us to discuss your matter. Remember, each investigation is different, and there are no promises as to the outcome of your private investigation.

How much does a private investigator cost?

Most of our private investigation fees are in package prices so that you don’t worry about hourly billing. For example, we have package prices starting at $416, $950 and others more complex that may have an hourly rate of $200 per hour.

San Francisco Bay Area private investigator providing nationwide private investigation services, based in California.  We handle most cases in a package price to save you from over inflated billing.

We use technology significantly to serve our clients nationwide. We are not standard private investigators—our goal is different. We want the private investigation, cyber investigation, and security services we provide to help our clients live happier, healthier, and wealthier lives. We help people live better lives by answering challenging questions and providing information that provides peace of mind. Private delivers actionable information used in business, personal, and legal matters.

Our firm is entirely available for private investigations, commercial investigations, cybersecurity, phone forensics, privacy consulting, and security planning services.

Our San Francisco Bay Area local private investigator handles cases in San Francisco, San Jose, Marin, San Rafael, Sonoma, Petaluma, and Napa. In addition, our private investigation services are available in Vallejo, Benicia, Martinez, Walnut Creek, Fairfield, and Vacaville.

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