COMPANY OVERVIEW -
LJB Investigations is a licensed and insured
California Private Investigation Firm owned by Lynda J. Bergh.
As a Private Investigation Firm, we service corporations, law
firms, municipalities, insurance companies, and private parties.
We specialize in asset, background, child custody, computer,
domestic, due diligence, fraud, identity theft, insurance,
intellectual property, personal injury, pre-employment,
pre-marital, product liability, public records, traffic
collision and worker’s compensation investigations.
As experienced private investigators, we are committed to
providing a high standard of excellence to each and every one of
our clients, no matter how large or small their investigation.
All investigations are conducted in a discreet, honest, legal
and ethical manner. All of our findings are documented and
submitted to the client in a professional, concise and unbiased
Whether you are a private individual, small business, or large
corporation, we offer a range of investigative services to
obtain and verify the information necessary to deal with your
situation efficiently and effectively. All investigators who
work with LJB Investigations are experienced, licensed and
insured. We understand our client’s need for privacy, and every
action or discussion is held in the strictest confidence.
All contacts with witnesses, references, prior employers or
co-workers are conducted in a non-threatening manner. Lynda
Bergh has undergone extensive training in interviewing
techniques and witness evaluation.
LJB Investigations subscribes to multiple databases which afford
access to the most recent sources. The database information is
considered a starting point only. All details are fact checked
and verified prior to being included in a report or provided to
a client. Lynda Bergh also regularly attends training seminars
and keeps up to date on ever-changing laws that may affect
private investigations. There will never be a concern regarding
whether or not the information provided to the client is
suitable to be used in court proceedings.
LJB Investigations will be happy to answer your questions and
provide a consultation free of charge. All information divulged
during that consultation will also be held confidential.
BUSINESS HISTORY -
Owner Lynda J. Bergh, a native Californian, has
been working in law enforcement or as an investigator since
1978, and licensed as a Private Investigator since 1996. With 27
years of private investigation experience, Lynda has conducted
literally thousands of investigations for southern California
legal, insurance and private clients. She has also developed
extensive sources and valuable contacts both local and
worldwide, and can provide reliable referrals to international
investigators when needed. Lynda deals with her clients in a
professional and compassionate, yet direct and candid manner.
She personally conducts the vast majority of the investigations
handled by her firm. Should an investigation be conducted by
another investigator, Lynda oversees every step, reviews the
information, and confirms the veracity of all findings prior to
forwarding the results to the client.
Member of -
United States Association of Professional Investigators -
Homefires - Director, California State Coordinator
Association of Christian Investigators
California Background Investigators Association
California Private Investigator Licensing Facts –
The State of California requires that a private investigator
be licensed. Private Investigators in California are
overseen by the State of California Department of Consumer
Affairs, Bureau of Security & Investigative Services.
The general requirements for a license include:
- Be at
least 18 years old.
years of compensated experience totaling not less than
6,000 hours in investigative work while employed by law
enforcement agencies, collection agencies, insurance
agencies, banks, courts, or other private investigation
college degree in criminal law, criminal justice or
police science can be substituted for part of the
a criminal history review.
- Pass a
states have online public databases that can be utilized to
verify an agency’s or individual’s private investigation
In California, a PI license may be researched at the State
of California Department of Consumer Affairs website,
A Brief History of the
PI Profession –
The Pinkerton National Detective Agency, one of the
country’s first well-known private detective agencies, was
formed by Allan Pinkerton in 1850. The Scottish native
immigrated to Chicago in 1842. Pinkerton’s career as an
investigator began quite by fate when he stumbled upon
counterfeiters making coins near his woods. The City of
Chicago appointed Pinkerton deputy sheriff for his
assistance in the arrests. He later became the city’s first
full-time detective. Pinkerton soon launched his own
The Pinkerton agency filled a security void in the
mid-1800’s when victims of crime felt they had no recourse
for protecting their family, assets, and property. Federal
authorities were not yet established to chase outlaws across
state and territorial lines. Local law enforcement resources
were often limited and mandated a local focus rather than
pursuing villains long distances.
Pinkerton’s clientele was heavily industrial: railroads and
factories. The agency gained fame for the work on the
railroads. They also gained notoriety for their renowned
collection of mug shots on train robbers, bank robbers, and
bandits. They created one of the first expansive criminal
databases in the United States.
The Chicago-based company ran ads in “Harpers Weekly” to
promote their services of undercover investigations,
detection of crimes, industrial plant protection, and armed
security. Their logo sported an eye with the slogan, “We
Never Sleep”, and helped inspire the long term use of
“private eye” in both symbol and text.
Pinkerton agents tracked Jesse James and Butch Cassidy.
Banks hired them as security guards. Pinkerton himself is
credited with uncovering an assassination attempt on
President-elect Abraham Lincoln in 1861. As President,
Lincoln hired Pinkerton and his staff to conduct
surveillance in the South.
California moved to license and regulate private detectives
in 1915. The investigator became more accessible to the
average American by the 1920’s when a growing middle class
emerged after World War I.