Investigative Services

If you need to contact us after business hours, please call 919-792-1069 or 919-792-1055.

Security risks are deliberate actions taken by people to harm or damage your organization. Any organization that has assets – intellectual or physical, including reputation, people, and brand – has a security problem. Security breaches are an inherent part of doing business. The investigative process looks to determine what happened, the extent of the loss, and remediation that might be indicated. A superior investigation requires more than actionable intelligence. To be truly successful, it must ultimately provide the client with value above and beyond the cost of service.

We maximize value by never losing sight of our client’s needs and objectives. Although every investigation is conducted with the understanding that criminal prosecution or litigation may be a reality, we always seek to obtain a tangible return on the client’s investment, including the recovery of stolen property and the availability of insurance coverage to offset investigation costs.

In addition, we work diligently to structure investigations in phases, with identifiable milestones that allow for the periodic assessment of results. This enables the client to more effectively balance costs against the probable result, and modify accordingly.


Protus3 has a long history of superior investigative outcomes. Today, our work encompasses a broad array of investigative services, including:

  • Theft, embezzlement, and fraud
  • Background investigation
  • Business due diligence
  • Corporate compliance and ethics
  • Pharmaceutical compliance
  • Litigation support
  • Location of persons and assets
  • Product diversion and counterfeiting
  • Intellectual property theft and infringement
  • Workplace violence threat assessment and management
  • Civil rights (Title VII, Title IX)

Our clientele is as diverse as our services and includes some of the nation’s most prominent law firms, financial institutions, and technology companies, as well as colleges and universities and various branches of federal, state, and local government.

Forensic and Technical Support

As you might imagine, there are digital and technical aspects to virtually every investigation. As a result, we currently offer a number of in-house technical support services. These services include:

  • Digital forensics (cell phones, computers and other devices)
  • GPS tracking
  • Social media research and analysis
  • Covert audio and video recording

Each of these services are run by experts equipped with state-of-the-art technologies. And as always, we continue to develop new capabilities to remain ahead of the curve.


Much of our success is directly attributable to the tenacity, skill, and integrity of our people. Our investigators are among the best in their field. The vast majority enjoyed long and distinguished careers in law enforcement, military, or intelligence communities before entering the private sector. In addition to their professional experience, many also hold advanced degrees and certifications in such fields as computer science, law, and accounting.

We recognized long ago that the ease with which people, property, and information moves from place to place would eventually have a dramatic effect on the geographic scope of even the simplest investigation. To address this, we developed a nationwide network of contacts and key strategic alliances, and are now able to support investigations with a proprietary network of investigators located across North Carolina, the United States, Mexico, and Canada.