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Discover more about private investigators capability, employment and regulations in Pennsylvania.

Discover more about private investigators capability, employment and regulations in Pennsylvania.

ICS of Pennsylvania provides superior private investigations throughout the state. ICS works with licensed private investigators in Pennsylvania to work your case quickly and discreetly. ICS is a full service private investigation agency working locally and internationally, and we accept a variety of case types. To begin your free consultation with a private investigator from ICS, complete the online free consultation form, or call our toll free number at: 1 (888) 223-6494. PA License Number MD 2102-07.

Local Pennsylvania Private Investigator

Private Investigators in Pennsylvania are required to be licensed in order to conduct Private Investigation services. If your investigation requires the case to move out of state, the private investigator must still abide by any out of state licensing requirements.

Private Investigator in Pennsylvania

ICS provides a full range of investigations for the State of Pennsylvania, and has authorized sub-contractors in every major metropolitan region. Whether your case involves fraud, adultery, missing persons, child custody, extramarital affairs or infidelity, asset searches, surveillance, background checks or any of our other services, ICS has the resources and expertise to find the answers you need

In Pennsylvania, it is illegal to act as a private investigator without a private investigator license granted by a County Judge. In order to obtain their license, private investigators must pass Pennsylvania’s rigorous licensing requirements, including an in-depth background check. Obtaining a Private Investigator’s license in Pennsylvania is a little different than in most other states. There is no written exam required, but generally applicants must have 3 years full time, paid experience as a Detective on the police force, a Sheriff, a Police Officer with ranking higher than Patrolman, or have held a position with one of the United States investigative agencies in order to be considered for a license. Applicants must contact the Clerk of Courts to make an appointment in front of a county judge, who will ultimately issue the license. Applicants in most counties will be investigated by a District Attorney prior to being granted a court date.

ICS strictly adheres to all federal, state, and local laws, so rest assured that any ICS private investigator assigned to your case will be fully licensed, insured, and up to date with all continuing education requirements. At ICS, our private investigators meet or exceed all industry standards, providing you with effective and discreet investigative services. Choosing ICS for your private investigation needs means you will be working with the entire ICS network of professionals, in the case that your investigation requires work outside of Pennsylvania or the expertise of one of our forensic or technical investigation teams. ICS services all of Pennsylvania, including the following areas: Philadelphia, Pittsburgh, Erie, Hershey, Gettysburg, Lancaster, King of Prussia, Norristown, Willow Grove, Wilkesbarre, Harrisburg, Allentown and more.

Adultery, Infidelity, Cheating Spouse and Unfaithful Partner Investigations

Private Investigators in Penn State

Being the victim of infidelity is never easy, but if you suspect your partner is cheating, you deserve to know the truth. ICS can obtain the proof you need to move forward with your case and protect yourself and your interests from an unfaithful lover. Some common suspicious behaviors a cheater might exhibit are excessive or secretive computer use, hiding of cell phone and personal finances, working uncharacteristically late or going on business trips at the last minute, lack of, or a sudden increase in sexual appetite, being diagnosed with an STD, abnormal activity on the home phone like hang ups when you answer or hang-ups after a specific number of rings, or claiming that a wedding ring has been lost or stolen. If your partner is engaging in these or other suspect activities, contact ICS to begin an investigation today.

Adultery can play an important role in Pennsylvania divorce cases. Adultery is not illegal in Pennsylvania, in the sense that neither party can be sent to jail for carrying out an affair, but proof of an extramarital affair is grounds for divorce. Pennsylvania is an “at fault” divorce state that allows for no fault separations. If you are filing an at-fault divorce case, you are obligated to provide proof of an affair to support your divorce claim. A private investigator from ICS can obtain the proof you need to prove your case to a judge. It is especially important to catch a cheater and gather as much proof as possible because judges in Pennsylvania have significant authority in determining alimony and support payments. Pennsylvania is an equitable distribution state, so all properties will be divided fairly amongst both parties, as will be determined by the judge. Nationally, 53% of marriages end in divorce, 57% of men and 54% of women admit to cheating in past or current relationships, and the average affair lasts for 2 years. The state of Pennsylvania averages about 26,000 divorces a year, with many marriages ending within two years. If you are going through divorce or are considering applying for a divorce in Pennsylvania, let ICS help you obtain the information you need to prove your case.

Even if you aren’t married, a private investigation can reveal invaluable information about the affair, such as the number of additional partners being seen and the amount of money being spent on the affair(s). If your spouse or partner is displaying the common signs of cheating, an investigation with ICS will answer all these questions and more, helping to empower you in this difficult time.

Child Custody, Child Visitation and Child Support Investigations

In child custody cases, the primary concern for all parties involved is to protect the welfare of the child. In the state of Pennsylvania, there are thousands of children affected by divorce each year. When parents cannot agree on child custody arrangements themselves, a judge will award custody based on the child’s best interest. When a judge determines who will receive custody of a child in Pennsylvania they take several factors into account, including a parent’s ability to provide a loving, clean, safe, and stable environment for the child, and what the terms of the divorce were-proof of adultery or spousal abuse can result in automatic loss of custody rights for the “guilty” parent. If a custody battle ensues in Pennsylvania, a judge will determine custody after both parents have presented their case. Judges in Pennsylvania generally prefer to grant joint custody when possible, but if one (or both) parents file for sole custody the judge will make their determination based on who is the “better” parent. ICS can help you obtain the information and facts you need to make a case for child custody. After child support is granted, every year 50% of parents entitled to child support money never receive the full amount owed to them, with 25% getting no money at all, even though a court has required the other parent to pay. Unfortunately, it can be difficult for government agencies to accurately assess a child’s living situation due to limited state and federal funding, and it is impossible for them to follow through on every case.

If you feel your child’s best interests are not being met by your current custody arrangements, or if child support payments aren’t being made, ICS can help provide the proof you need to take your case in front of a judge. In the course of the child custody investigation, ICS agents might need to speak to friends, family, childcare workers, and co-workers to get the clearest picture of your child’s welfare. At ICS, we will focus on your case, and have access to be the best tools and resources available to provide a thorough, discreet and professional investigation. We can solve your case using surveillance, skip tracing, hidden asset checks, public record searches, undercover investigations, and much more.

Missing Person and Locate Person Investigations

Traditionally, missing persons cases are handled by local law enforcement and the FBI, in collaboration with the AMBER Alert system. In Pennsylvania, local law enforcement is required to file a missing persons report immediately with the National Crime Information Center, which automatically enters information about the missing person in the Missing Persons Clearinghouse. The Clearinghouse is essential in providing information to all relevant parties, helping to create interdepartmental and cross-county communication. Pennsylvania police advise you to report a missing person immediately; waiting 24 hours could be detrimental to their investigation and is not required by law, as is the case in some other states. There are about 60 missing persons cases active at any given time in Pennsylvania, but local law enforcement agencies are not always able to find these lost or missing people. Often, laws and regulations that may prevent them from even recognizing an individual as a Missing Person bind these agencies. Unfortunately, this is especially true in cases involving missing adults. Many lost person cases simply fall outside the scope of criminal investigations, for instance, if you’re searching for a friend or family member with whom you have lost contact. ICS can help you find someone whether a crime has been committed or not, even if the police have already attempted to solve the case. If you have an unsolved missing person case, or need to locate a lost person in Pennsylvania ICS can help. If you want to reconnect with a loved one, find your birth parents or locate a debtor/defrauder, contact ICS to begin your investigation today.

Pennsylvania Background Check

If you need a background check performed on an individual living in Pennsylvania, or if you live in Pennsylvania and need a background check performed out of state, ICS can help. Background checks are one the most common and well known tools a Pennsylvania private investigator can provide. Often, a background check is the only information a client needs. In cases where a more in-depth investigation is called for, the background check is a great starting point, providing the investigator and client with valuable leads to pursue. If you need a Pennsylvania background check, or if you have a case involving one, ICS is ready to work for you to provide the discreet and confidential service you need in a delicate and professional manner. ICS has been helping people in Pennsylvania just like you get results since 1967.

Pennsylvania Computer Forensics Private Investigator

In an increasingly technological world, it has become more important-and more difficult-to keep your personal information safe. Part of keeping your information safe involves knowing who has been accessing your personal electronic devices, and determining if information has been viewed or copied. ICS can retrieve and analyze data from electronic storage devices, like desktop and laptop computers, network servers, external storage drives, flash drives, digital cameras, smart phones such as the iPhone or Android phones, and more. All data retrieval methods used by ICS are complaint with all federal and Pennsylvania state laws, so any data recovered will be available to use as evidence. In addition to recovering emails, instant messages, and text messages, ICS also offers virus and spyware detection and removal, pornography detection, email tracing, computer and network intrusion detection and prevention, Internet history evaluation, and hidden files detection. Contact ICS today to ensure that your data and digital devices are safe. ICS can help protect you from the increasing threat of identity theft.

Technical Surveillance Countermeasures

Technical Surveillance Countermeasures are steps taken to detect and prevent unwanted surveillance. Technical surveillance often takes the form of eavesdropping by bugging a house, tapping a phone line, or installing hidden cameras, with the intention of committing corporate espionage, privacy invasion, extortion, identity theft, information theft, or stalking. Being the victim of technical surveillance can endanger your personal safety, and leaves you vulnerable to potential financial damages. To ensure that you haven’t fallen prey to technical surveillance, ICS will perform a technical surveillance countermeasures sweep, which consists of sweeping for bugs, performing a physical and electronic inspection of the area to check for infrared, laser, audio recording, hidden cameras, wireless microphones, radio transmitters, phone taps, GPS tracking, and cell phone interceptors. A technical surveillance countermeasures sweep is not an investigation in itself, but rather is a service offered by ICS; if evidence of illegal surveillance is found, ICS will collaborate with a Pennsylvania private investigator to report findings and take appropriate action.

Pennsylvania Background Check

Private Investigation Cases Map for in Pennsylvania

Case Studies

  • Overseas Lost Person

    Private Investigator finds a lost person in an overseas country 01/24/2019

  • Locate Lost Person

    ICS was contacted in an attempt to locate a Subject that had been in a 3-year relationship with the Client. 01/17/2019

  • Child Custody Exchange

    ICS was contacted in an attempt to have an Investigator on site to witness the exchange of a child from father to mother. Due to the legality of the exchange, a verified witness was required by the Client to document a proper exchange to negate... 01/08/2019

  • Case Study: Infidelity investigation in a Resort City Like Dubai

    ICS was contacted by a Client in an attempt to verify if her spouse was engaging in acts of Infidelity while on a stay in a city much like Dubai. Investigators were dispatched. We had boot on the ground in the resort and reserved their stay. In... 10/01/2018

  • Case Study: Due Diligence investigation helps business move forward with new investors.

    The private investigator for ICS helped our client make informed decisions about their potential investigators. With this case study the efforts made by ICS thwarted the clients suspicion and made for better business dealing. 09/20/2018

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Local Associations and Important Resources for Pennsylvania

Pennsylvania Association of Licensed Investigators

Website: https://www.pali.org/

The State of Pennsylvania Official Website

Website: https://www.state.pa.us/

Pennsylvania State Police

Website: https://www.psp.state.pa.us/

Pennsylvania State Legislature

Website: https://www.legis.state.pa.us/

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