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ICS of Pennsylvania provides superior private investigations throughout the city of Pittsburgh. ICS works with licensed private investigators in Pittsburgh, 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 (888) 223-6494.


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Pittsburgh Private Investigator

If you need to hire a private investigator in Pittsburgh, call ICS today.  ICS understands the urgent nature of private investigation cases, and we always offer a free consultation to our clients.  Do not wait to hire a private investigator, take the action to get your case solved as soon as possible. Please feel comfortable contacting us at your earliest convenience via our online consultation form or by calling Toll Free (888) 223-6494.

In Pittsburgh, it is illegal to act as a private investigator without a private investigator license granted by an Allegheny County Judge. In order to obtain their license, private investigators must pass Pittsburgh’s rigorous licensing requirements, including an in-depth background check and fingerprinting. 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. After applicants have been investigated by a District Attorney and completed all paperwork, an Allegheny County Judge will issue the private investigator license.

The licensing requirements in Pennsylvania are strict, and all ICS private investigators are held to even stricter standards as a part of our mission to provide excellent service above and beyond minimum state requirements. ICS investigators meet or exceed all industry standards, providing you with effective and discreet investigative services. When you speak to an investigator at ICS, you are not just choosing a private investigative agency; you are also accessing the entire ICS network. If you are in Pittsburgh but need a private investigation somewhere else in the country or the world, ICS will keep your case affordable, efficient and effective. 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.

Pittsburgh is located in Allegheny County, Pennsylvania, and is the second largest city in the state. Often called the City of Bridges, Pittsburgh is home to more than 1,600 technology companies, including a Google campus. Forbes and The Economist have rated Pittsburgh one of America’s “most livable cities” several times between 2000-2010. Tourist attractions in the city include football games with the Pittsburgh Steelers, the Andy Warhol Museum, and the Carnegie Museum of Natural History.

Adultery, Infidelity, Cheating Spouse and Unfaithful Partner Investigations

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 catch a cheater and protect yourself and your interests from an unfaithful lover. Some common suspicious behaviors a cheater might exhibit are:

  • Secretive or excessive computer usage Making efforts to hide their cell phone or personal finances
  • Working unreasonably long hours or taking last minute business trips
  • A sudden change in sexual desire, which could either be an increase or a decrease in sexual appetite
  • You have recently been diagnosed with an STD
  • There is abnormal activity on the home phone such as hang ups, or frequent hang-ups after a specific number of rings
  • Their wedding ring is missing, and they claim it was lost or stolen

If your partner is engaging in these or other signs of cheating, contact ICS to begin an investigation today.

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Adultery can play an important role in Pittsburgh divorce cases. Adultery is not illegal in Pittsburgh, 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 in Pittsburgh, call an investigator from ICS to help you get the evidence you will need to support your adultery claim. A private investigator from ICS can obtain the proof you need to prove your case to a judge. Judges in Pittsburgh have significant authority over child support and alimony payments, which is why it is especially important to go to into your divorce with as much information as possible. Pennsylvania is an equitable distribution state, so all properties and debts will be divided equitably, not equally. The judge presiding over the divorce will determine what constitutes a fair and equitable distribution depending on the facts provided during the hearing, which is where evidence of adultery becomes extremely important. 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 according to the Pennsylvania Office of Vital Statistics, with many marriages ending within two years. If you are going through divorce or are considering applying for a divorce in Pittsburgh, let ICS help you obtain the information you need to prove your case.

Even if you aren’t married, an unfaithful partner can cause incalculable damage in any serious relationship. A private investigation by ICS 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.

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 Pittsburgh, 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. Pittsburgh 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 person 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. According to Rand McNally, Pittsburgh’s violent crime rate was 2.6 times the national average in 2003, but by 2009 Pittsburgh had been rated the 7th safest city in America. Even with the city’s improved violent crime rate, it is still crucial to find a missing person before they become the victim of a violent crime in Pittsburgh. If you have an unsolved missing person case, or need to locate a lost person in Pittsburgh 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.

Pittsburgh Background Checks

If you need a background check performed on an individual living in Pittsburgh, or if you live in Pittsburgh and need a background check performed out of state, ICS can help. Background checks are one the most common and well known tools a Pittsburgh 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 Pittsburgh 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 Pittsburgh just like you get results since 1967.

Computer and Cellular Forensics

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 Pittsburgh 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 Pittsburgh

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 Pittsburgh private investigator to report findings and take appropriate action.


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Local Associations and Important Resources for Pittsburgh

Official Website of the City of Pittsburgh

Website: http://www.city.pittsburgh.pa.us/

Pennsylvania Association of Licensed Investigators

Website: http://www.pali.org/

The State of Pennsylvania Official Website

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

Pennsylvania State Police

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

Pennsylvania State Legislature

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

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Jurisdictional, Licensing, and Regulation Concerns

Pennsylvania Private Investigator License

The Private Detective Act of 1953, 22 Pa. C.S.A. encompasses the licensing and business of private detectives in Pennsylvania. Anyone interested in becoming licensed as a PI in Pennsylvania must apply to whichever county in which they reside.
Reference Website: http://www.lccpa.org/forms/criminal/general/PrivateDetectiveLicenseRequirements-publicweb.pdf

Contact Information:
Pennsylvania, United States

Associations:
The Pennsylvania Association of Licensed Investigators

Citation Statute:
Pennsylvania Statutes
Title 22: Detectives
Private Detective Act of 1953

Website: http://www.pali.org/docs/Pennsylvania_Private_Detective_Act_of_1953.pdf

Qualifications Requirement:
We have taken a sample of licensing requirements from Lehigh County Court of Common Pleas:

"All applicants must be at least twenty-five (25) years of age.

All applicants must meet the following qualifications:

1. A member of the U.S. Government investigative service; or
2. A Sheriff; or
3. A member of the Pennsylvania State Police; or
4. Regularly employed as a detective or as a member of a city police department of a rank or grade higher than that of patrolman for a period of not less than three (3) years.

All applicants must submit with their application the statements of not less than five (5) reputable citizens in accordance with 22 Pa. C.S.A. §14. Any citizen related to the applicant by blood or marriage does NOT qualify. All statements must be notarized.

Any applicant who has been convicted of any FELONY or any of the following offenses fails to qualify for a license:

• Illegal use, carrying or possessing a pistol or other dangerous weapon;
• Making or possessing burglar’s instruments;
• Buying or receiving stolen property;
• Unlawful entry of a building;
• Aiding escape from prison;
• Possessing or delivery of a controlled substance;
• Picking pockets or attempting to do so;
• Soliciting any person to commit sodomy or other lewdness;
• Recklessly endangering another person;
• Making terrorist threats; or
• Committing simple assault.

No applicant who is a holder of an employment agency license may be licensed under this act.

If the applicant will carry a lethal weapon as an incident with employment, proof of a current and valid certification under the “Lethal Weapons Training Act” must also be submitted to the Court."

Fees: $67.05 filing fee.
$17.50 fingerprinting fee.

Individual license fee: $200.

Corporation license fee: $300

Corporate bond $10,000.

$8.60 for photo identification.



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