PRIVATE INVESTIGATIONS The Schabert Group (916) 372-2722
PRIVATE INVESTIGATIONSThe Schabert Group(916) 372-2722

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Since 1972

The Schabert Group

State Lic No. 11654


P.O. Box 2161

West Sacramento, CA 95691

(916) 372-2722

Fax: (916) 404-0427

   Resources & Equipment

RESOURCES are the tools that an investigator will use to get the job done.  


These tools can include such things as Equipment, Databases, Open Source Intelligence (OSINT) Techniques, and human contacts or “Sources.”  


Understanding which of these to use to solve problems and answer questions saves the professional investigator time and effort.  In the private sector, it also saves the client money.


The ability to solve cases quickly and efficiently is one of the things that sets us apart from the competition.  Having the best equipment, access to the most advanced databases, knowing the latest OSINT techniques, and being connected to a network of unique sources, give us the advantage and allows us to do just that.  Where some firms may choose to run out and conduct days and days of expensive surveillance and tailing, we would much rather do our homework first, run tests, and then perform surveillance only when the time is right.  However, this takes skill, experience, and patience.


We are equally committed to being up-to-date and to remaining state-of-the-art.  That is why we continually monitor a number of industry periodicals, trade association newsletters, and vendor advertisements, looking for information on the latest advancements in technology and techniques.  


We are continually updating our methods, systems, and equipment so that we may bring the very best quality service to our clients.

TECHNOLOGY is an invaluable resource to any professional investigator, especially those who engage in the Art of Surveillance.  At the same time, it is just as important for private investigators not to get caught up with technology, and attempt to solve their cases without applying some good old-fashioned sleuthing first, not-to-mention, some common sense.


We use only the highest quality equipment and supplies in order to ensure that we obtain the best evidence possible in each and every case.  All of our investigators carry a number of options in order to be ready for the unexpected.


We also utilize some of the most advanced photographic and videographic equipment available to the industry. Some of the tools we maintain in our inventory include:


  • Long-range digital photo cameras

  • High definition video cameras

  • Infra-red, low-light and night-vision scopes & video cameras

  • Indoor and outdoor hidden motion-activated video camera systems

  • Body-worn and carried hidden video cameras

  • Time-lapse VCRs, DVRs, and signal transmitters

  • Portable physical security surveillance camera systems

  • Night Vision Equipment

  • GPS Tracking Equipment (used only in compliance with Californa State Law).



In order to be successful at performing surveillance in today’s security-conscious neighborhoods, it is crucial for private investigators to blend in with the environment in order to avoid attracting attention and to evade detection. This is why we maintain a number of specially equipped surveillance vehicles.  

Gone are the days when a private investigator could sit in a person’s neighborhood for countless hours, and not be brought to the attention of local law enforcement.  Therefore, it is crucial for today’s practitioner to remain aware of his or her surroundings; be prepared if confronted; and to always look for ways to be creative in an effort to avoid being detected in the first place.


Our office staff provides our field investigators with immediate, unfettered access to an array of sources of computerized personal information, which is one of the keys to success of any professional investigation agency.  One of the first steps we often take in our investigations is to perform computerized research of the target from the office.  Unfortunately, there is no one-stop source or information service provider that supplies everything we need to get the job done and often data must be confirmed in the field.


Most subscription data service providers that cater to the investigative industry provide only certain types of data, but not all types.  Even when two different data providers are used that supply similar information on a subject, we find that there are differences in the records provided by each.  That is why, it is so important for us to have a range of sources at our disposal, so that we may cross-reference information at every opportunity.

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