STOPP Investigations & Security

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Business Investigations

We specialize in Corporate Theft, Fraud and Forensic Investigations, Background Investigations, Business and Personal Activity Inquiries, Due Diligence including SEC and FINRA Research, Criminal Records Searches and Asset Location. We also provide Video Surveillance and Performance Audits, and Bug Detection.

Fraud Investigations

Embezzlement and employee theft can ruin a business. The main problem is that those in management seldom think about theft after putting policies in place, but those who want to steal from you think about it on average of seven (7) times a day. The criminal mind is always hard at work planning and scheming how to bypass controls and steal from you. Our Forensic Investigator has has over 35 years of advanced accounting experience across a wide spectrum of industries including internal and investigative auditing, audit trail development, control functions and infrastructure, cash management, specialized analysis and network security audits, has served in the roles of CFO (Chief Financial Officer), Controller and Network Systems Administrator and is a specialist in system and process improvement. He has completed the course of study and passed the examination for CFIP (Certified Forensic Investigation Professional) offered by the IICFIP (International Institute of Certified Forensic Investigation Professionals).

Civil Investigations

We can handle your most delicate personal cases including Divorce, Child Custody, Infidelity/Cheating Spouse, Skip Tracing, Locating Missing Persons, Lost Relatives, Birth Parents and Beneficiaries.

Background Investigations

In today's society, simple criminal background checks are not sufficient.

A professional service is the only effective and comprehensive way to process a background investigation. They can perform the service without bias in an accurate and efficient manner and a broad – and legal – investigation can only be performed by a licensed firm. There are a dozen marginal services on the internet that claim to be the best way to find information, but none can hold a candle to the tools and in-depth information available to a licensed investigator.

There is a wide range of information that we can access for comprehensive background investigations, including:
- Arrests
- Convictions
- Court Records (Civil, Criminal & Traffic)
- Workers’ Compensation Claims
- Tax Fraud
- Bankruptcies
- School Records
- Military Service
- Liens &, Judgments
- Former Employment
- Former Addresses
- Social Media Activity
- Phone Numbers
- Email Accounts
- Professional Licenses
- Assets
- UCC, SEC & FINRA records
- Known Associates
- Possible Associates
- Activities
- Lifestyle
- Fraternal Memberships, and more...

Covert Video Surveillance & Performance Audits

Video Performance Audits are a valuable business tool for monitoring customer service, employee performance, honesty, adherence to company policy, as well as, an aid in loss prevention. With today's social networks, one bad experience (customer service, security, meal, rental, repair, etc) can literally cost you hundreds of prospective clients. One rude or dishonest employee can cost you thousands of dollars in revenue.

Video Surveillance records the interaction with your staff and can be used not only as a teaching tool, but also to reward good customer service and to spot problems with safety, sanitation, building maintenance and security.

This type of service should only be done by a Licensed Private Investigation agency and only with the informed consent of your employees that they may be subject to videotaping and/or recording while on your premises. Nevada for example, mandates that only licensed private investigators or their registered employees, can do Covert Video Surveillance of any kind. The biggest advantage to using a P.I. firm is professionalism. You are guaranteed to get an agent that is impartial and accustomed to paying attention to fine detail.

Some businesses that use this type service are:
- Banks
- Department Stores
- Convenience Stores
- Security Contractors
- Hotels
- Restaurants
- Car Dealers
- Car Rental Agencies
- Personal Care Facilities
- Apartment Complexes
- New Home Builders
- Fitness Centers
- Health Services
- Automotive Repair Shops
- Bars & Nightclubs
- Entertainment Venues
- Sports Facilities
...virtually anywhere that involves interaction with the public and/or handling of cash by employees.

GPS Tracking/Electronic Surveillance

Track your vehicle, boat, motorcycle or even your child with our mobile GPS tracking service. Our tracker provides detailed information on travel, stops, speed, etc. and can be used to provide an instant location with as little as 5 second updates. Trackers cannot be used in Pennsylvania on vehicles, etc. that do not belong to you.

Security Consultants

Physical Security Assessments

At STOPP we are concerned with every aspect of physical security. We start by offering professional Physical Security Assessments, where we work with your management team to assess and make recommendations on if you need to, and how to improve the security of your facility. We review your security procedures and discretely observe the operations of your security systems, in- house security personnel, contract security workers and barriers (both electronic and physical) to sensitive areas. We specifically look for weak spots that could easily allow unauthorized persons to gain entry, present a danger to your staff and cause damage to your facility, then train a detail to handle your needs. We’ll sit down with you for as long as necessary and create a security detail to match your specific situation.

Mobile Security Patrols

Have periodic checks done by our Mobile Patrol Service. We'll visit your business at random intervals and do a perimeter check, check all access points and notify you and the police in the event of a problem. Great alternative when cost concerns override the need for on-site security. Pool your resources with other businesses at your location and get greater coverage at an even lower cost.

Some Previous Security Details

St Vincent College, Greater Latrobe School District, Jeannette School District, Norwin School District, PPG Industries, Inc., Piad Precision Casting Corp., Cargo Candy Company, Eastwood Inn, Adam Eidemiller, Inc., Sheraton Inn – Greensburg, Mt View Inn, Vulcan Mold and Iron, Sheetz, Inc.(Various Locations), Hanlon & Wilson Co., Commercial National Bank, Westmoreland County Court of Common Pleas (Receivership), Lopatich Funeral Home (Bodyguard), Westmoreland County Community College, Greensburg Tribune-Review, Westgate Plaza Greensburg, Slippery Rock Campground, 27th Ward Community Watch, Bellevue Knights of Columbus, Mt Washington Sr. Center, Pittsburgh St Patrick’s Day Parade, Pittsburgh Family Fitness Center, Three Rivers Regatta, Community College of Allegheny County, Allegheny County Police Functions, Jergel’s Rhythm Grille, Numerous Bars & Nightclubs

Bodyguards and Executive Protection

All Special Officers (Bodyguards) are carefully screened professionals who have been hand picked and extensively trained in-house to provide the very best in armed and unarmed protection.

Security Officer Training

STOPP's exclusive CCT (Control & Compliance Tactics)Training was designed and certified by internationally recognized self-defense experts, specifically for the professional Security Officer or Executive Protection Officer. It features the most effective unarmed techniques ever developed, for defense and control of aggressive subjects.

Our training classes are held at our Pittsburgh, PA Facility. Phone (412) 537-4684. Here we can provide active shooter response, self defense, handcuffing, baton, pressure point manipulation, joint locks, control & compliance techniques, Kubotan, crowd control, multiple attacker defense, escape and control, weapon disarms and defense (gun, knife, and club). We are also looking into pepper spray & mace. Our hand to hand instructors have over 35 years of teaching experience each and have taught local police, state police, 101st and 82nd airborne combat troops and members of military intelligence.

In Latrobe we can provide classes in basic guard training, use of force, mechanics of arrest, basic handgun safety and marksmanship training with range time. Self defense handgun training (draw and fire) on station and moving, with a 25 year veteran NRA certified handgun instructor. We will soon be adding Active Shooter Training in Latrobe, as well.

About Us

Gary Bennett, MBA, CFI, P.I. - President - Certified Municipal Police Instructor - has over 35 years of advanced accounting experience across a wide spectrum of industries including internal and investigative auditing, audit trail development, control functions and infrastructure, cash management, specialized analysis and network security audits. In the corporate world Mr. Bennett has served in the roles of CFO (Chief Financial Officer), Controller and Network Systems Administrator and is a specialist in system and process improvement. He has completed the course of study and passed the examination for CFIP (Certified Forensic Investigation Professional) offered by the IICFIP (International Institute of Certified Forensic Investigation Professionals). Mr. Bennett is also a master level Martial Arts Trainer with over 35 years in the arts, specializing in close-quarter defensive techniques & tactics.

Jack Buckley, P.I. - Vice President - Pennsylvania State Constable - Master Trainer - is an internationally recognized Martial Arts Master Instructor, who has over 35 years experience in 8 different martial arts, holds Black Belt rank in 5 and is ranked in Okinawa as a ninth degree black belt. Master Buckley is well known for having taught at many of the Pittsburgh area colleges and universities. Mr. Buckley is highly skilled in crowd control and physical compliance techniques.

Jeff Widdowson, P.I. - Investigative & Security Consultant - is a professional investigator and retired police lieutenant with over 30 years of police and investigative experience. He has received extensive training from the Federal Bureau of Investigation, in areas as diverse as homicide investigation, organized crime, managing complex drug investigations, and basic hostage negotiations. Mr. Widdowson has served as a member of the Attorney General's Drug Task Force, has been recognized by the PA State Senate as an Outstanding Law Enforcement Officer and by FBI Director Louis Freeh for outstanding service to law enforcement. He has also worked as an investigator for ABC News and Good Morning America.

Client Reviews

John D. August 8, 2016

"STOPP Investigations was professional, prompt and priced appropriately. I appreciated that they understood my situation and provided targeted feedback."

Jack B. July 31, 2016

"I'm a contractor and I've use STOPP Investigations doing background investigations on possible sub contractors...Mr. Bennett always called me back when he said he would...his reports came back to me in a very timely manner and he was very conscientious on any questions I had...very professional and polite...STOPP prices were more than reasonable...I have recommended STOPP and Mr. Bennett to other colleagues and friends...they get an excellent rating."

Nancy N. July 29, 2016

"I hired Mr. Bennett to investigate a person whom our family was involved with in a legal case. We corresponded mostly through email, and all questions were answered in a timely manner. I always knew where I stood with him. I let Mr. Bennett know upfront how much money we had to work with. He used his time wisely and worked within our budget to get the information that we needed for court. He was very professional and easy to communicate with. I would definitely hire him again and would recommend him to anyone needing investigative work done. I felt that he was honest and trustworthy which is very important to me."

Together STOPP and its associates bring over 100 years of combined experience to the table, so we can provide the very best in high -end security and investigative services.

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