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If you need a private investigator in Columbia, South Carolina to assist you with a discreet, confidential private investigation please fill out a Private Investigator Free Consultation. Our private investigators are committed to providing affordable, reliable service in Columbia, SC and report their results in a timely, accountable manner. Contact us today to begin your case.


Local Columbia, SC Private Investigation Services

ICS provides a full range of investigations services for the City of Columbia and all surrounding metropolitan areas. Submit a free online private investigation consultation form, or call our toll free number to speak to a private investigator at (800) 828-9198.

A private investigator in Columbia must 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 laws.

You can rest assured that any Columbia Private Investigator assigned to your case with ICS are fully licensed and insured in accordance with Columbia laws and participates in any required continuing education.

Columbia, SC Private Investigator

The State of South Carolina boasts a population of nearly 4.7 million people, and crime rates are a bit higher than the national averages there. Over 209,000 index crimes were reported in 2011, averaging 44.76 per 1,000 residents, compared to 33.0 nationally.  Of those crimes, 5.72 were violent and 39.04 were property crimes reported annually per 1,000 residents. In Columbia, with a population of 130,000, the crime index rates as safer than 8% of cities in the United States.  Violent crimes account for 6.95 reported offenses per 1,000 residents, and property crimes make up 45.53.  With higher than average crime rates, it is clear that the local law enforcement agencies have their hands full with their daily case load.  If you want to ensure that the necessary time and resources are being dedicated to your case, then it would be in your best interest to enlist the help of a private investigator licensed by ICS.

How to become a Private Investigator in Columbia, SC

  1. Must be a high school graduate.
  2. Submit to a background check and fingerprints to the South Carolina Law Enforcement Division licenses
  3. Submit your application with appropriate fees
  4. Obtain a surety bond of $10,000

Columbia, SC Private Investigator Restrictions

In order to conduct private investigations in Columbia, all private investigators must comply with local and federal laws.

  • Impersonate Law Enforcement - Private Investigators in Columbia cannot carry a badge, wear a uniform or say anything that might imply that the private investigator is a police officer or federal agent.
  • Make an Arrest - Private Investigators in Columbia cannot legally make an arrest. If there is evidence that suggests an arrest should be made the investigator should contact law enforcement.
  • Wiretapping - Wiretapping is illegal without a proper warrant. Private Investigators cannot tap a phone.
  • Trespassing - Private Investigators cannot break and enter onto private property.

Columbia Background Investigation

Are you in Columbia, SC and need a background investigation? Are you in Columbia but need a background investigation conducted elsewhere? Sometimes a background investigation is all a client needs, where other circumstances require a background investigation as an initial step to a more in depth investigation. If you need a background investigation call ICS and speak with one of our private investigators. Our investigators will speak with you over a free consultation and help determine the best course of action in helping you with your case.

Columbia Adultery or Infidelity Investigation

Are you in Columbia and believe your spouse is cheating on you? There are many reasons why you may have determined that your spouse may be cheating on you but before making an irrational decision you should know the truth. ICS has experienced infidelity private investigators that can help you come up with an action plan to finding you the truth about your spouse. Don't let feelings of doubt, confusion, anger and suspicion distract you from the facts. Call ICS for a free consultation and start an infidelity investigation today.

Columbia Birth Parent Locate Investigation

When you are adopted you are left with many questions about your biological parents such as who they are, where are they now and why did they give you up? ICS understands that attempting to find a birth parent is a difficult and emotional process but we can take out the leg work for you. ICS has private investigators throughout Columbia, SC and the world and can help create an action plan that will help you find your birth parent. ICS has been helping our clients find their birth parents since 1967.


Private Investigation Cases Map for near Columbia, South Carolina


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


Paper and Press Releases

  • Join our team of Qualified Parties

    There is simply no agency with an international footprint that takes better care of its private investigator talent. "Our solution is simple, take care of you like our own!" -Michael Rabern 08/29/2018

  • Teen Cyber Bullying

    Cyberbullying has become increasingly common, with the increased use of communication technology, especially among teenagers.
    12/07/2015

  • Cellphone Spyware

    Cellular Spyware is basically "phone surveillance". It is an app that has usually been installed by a third party on a cell phone that allows them to listen to or record conversations, track location and monitor all the data of the cell phone that... 12/07/2015

  • Workers Compensation Fraud

    Worker's compensation programs are compensation plans for the victims of all job-related injuries.  When an employee gets hurt on the job, the employer is liable for medical expenses, lost income and other expenses until the employee has healed... 12/07/2015

  • ICS Will Not Do Cheating Decoy Investigations

    International Counterintelligence Services (“ICS”), a leader in the private investigations industry takes a strong stand against Cheating Decoy Investigations. 12/07/2015







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