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Babnick & Associates Babnick and Associates is a full-service private investigations firm based in the Portland Oregon metropolitan area providing confidential investigative services to attorneys, businesses, organizations, and private individuals throughout Oregon. The firm undertakes global investigations through a world-wide network of associated investigators. George Babnick is the firm's founder and Chief investigator.

He is a former Portland Police Bureau Captain and investigator and has completed hundreds of hours of investigative training. Mr. Babnick has decades of real-life experience in information gathering and investigating and managing all types of criminal and non-criminal cases. Mr. Babnick is the author of numerous articles on security and publishes a popular security Blog.

He has taught investigation skills and techniques to law enforcement investigators throughout the Portland area and holds criminal justice degrees from Portland Community College and Portland State University and graduated from law school with a Juris Doctorate (JD) degree.
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read more › Babnick and Associates is licensed to provide investigative services throughout Oregon. Although we are headquartered in the Portland area we accept cases anywhere in Oregon and frequently travel the state to serve clients. We also have the ability to handle cases across the United States and almost anywhere in the world. To maintain the utmost privacy, many clients prefer to meet outside of our office. Some clients prefer to meet at their office or home. Other clients prefer to meet in a coffee shop, restaurant, bar, park, shopping center, or some other public place where everyone blends in with the crowd.

read more › George Babnick is the Chief Investigator at Babnick and Associates. He is a former Portland Police Bureau Investigator who retired at the rank of Captain. He brings more than three decades of investigative experience to every case and has completed hundreds of hours of investigative training. Mr. Babnick has decades of real-life experience in covert and overt information gathering and investigating and managing all types of criminal and non-criminal cases. As a private investigator Mr. Babnick has used his skills to investigate serious criminal matters (including the murder of a young woman in the Portland area) as well as a wide array of thefts and frauds related to businesses.

read more › There is a big difference between a background "check" and a background "investigation." A background check usually involves retrieving online data from some data base. There is no verification on how accurate or up-to-date the data is or where the data originally came from. The operators of online background check sites sell the same old data over and over again and often use sales terms like "NATIONWIDE CRIMINAL BACKGROUND CHECK" or something similar. But, if you read the fine print it usually says that the company "neither warrants, vouches for, or authenticates the reliability of the information contained herein that the records are accurately reported as they were found at the source as of the date and time of this report."

read more › It is with this mindset that Babnick and Associates starts every criminal defense investigation. Law enforcement's focus is on gathering information and discovering evidence to support a criminal conviction. Sometimes in this zeal to "catch the bad guy" the focus of law enforcement investigations can be too narrow and exculpatory evidence - that is, evidence that could prove or indicate a defendant's innocence or at least mitigate a defendant's guilt, may be overlooked. At times, once the police feel they have "found their man" they just quit looking for more evidence.

read more › Assets include money in bank accounts, insurance policies with a cash value, stocks and bonds, a new car or boat with no liens, real property, a stack of 100 dollar bills stashed under a mattress, or just about anything else that a business or individual owns. Sometimes, assets are not what we normally consider to be "property" but are nevertheless quantifiable financial holdings which provide distinct financial benefits to those who possess them. These include such things as tax credits, cryptocurrency like Bitcoins, Dogecoins, and Peercoins, stock options, riparian and mineral rights, foreign trusts, and even such things like baseball card collections, stamps, and antiques.

read more › The process of a divorce and deciding on a custody arrangement can be very hard on children and parents alike. It is not uncommon for parents to have disagreements over custody and visitation. It is also not uncommon for parents to petition a court to change custody arrangements. In determining which parent or relative gets primary custody of a child or visitation rights, or whether an existing child custody decree should be modified or changed, courts look at what is in the "best interests of the child."

read more › No one knows for sure but there are an estimated 4,000 active public and private "social media" sites accessible on the Internet. This recent explosion of online social media sites can be a treasure trove of valuable information for the skilled investigator. By following Internet footprints and searching the invisible or "deep web, " skilled investigators can often discover valuable investigative information that can make or break a case. Often incriminating posts, photos, and links associated with an individual can give clues to additional investigative leads and provide a wealth of valuable information when investigating cases.

read more › Most men and women who contact a Private Investigator have a fairly good idea that their partner might be cheating or involved with someone else. Using a private investigator to find out if your partner is cheating on you is a healthy decision. It gives you back a sense of control and ends the unease of not knowing. Knowing the truth can allow you to make the decision that is right for you. Babnick and Associates can help determine your partner's loyalty or disloyalty in a number of innovative and discreet ways.

read more › We are experts in providing cost effective evidence quality surveillance cameras for homes and businesses. Surveillance cameras can be overt or covert, indoor or outdoor, stationary or moving, and all have their own individual characteristics enabling you to choose a tailor-made solution for your particular needs. Oregon has very specific laws governing when a landlord can enter rental property and when it is legally prohibited. If you suspect your landlord is violating the law, you can often sue for damages but to win your case in court or negotiate an out of court settlement, you need evidence.

read more › You may have heard the words "due diligence" many times and wondered exactly what it means. In brief, it refers to the process of evaluating something before making a decision. In the business world a person exercising "due diligence" would thoroughly investigate the security of an investment or transaction. In buying a business or going into business with a partner, due diligence involves finding out the reasons the business is being sold and if there are any unresolved legal issues associated with the business.

read more › Unfortunately, elder abuse and neglect is a growing problem. Each year it is estimated that more than 2 million older Americans fall victim to physical, psychological, financial, and other forms of abuse and neglect and the number may even be higher as many cases go undetected or unreported. Sometimes this abuse and neglect occurs in adult care or nursing homes, but often it occurs by someone in the home, either family members or paid care givers. Verbal attacks, threats, rejection, isolation, or belittling acts that cause or could cause mental anguish, pain, or distress to an elder.

read more › Major crimes like murder, armed robbery, and rape should always be reported to law enforcement and the initial investigation is best handled by law enforcement. However, in many less serious cases law enforcement just does not have the resources to effectively follow-up on all crime. An examination of crime clearance rates (the percentage of crimes that lead to a charge against an individual by law enforcement) shows that on average, only a small percentage of crimes are ever cleared by arrest.

read more › You are an expert in your business, but not necessarily an expert on security. While you may have some thoughts or ideas on your security needs, you recognize that effective security involves a lot more than just putting locks on doors and windows, or installing surveillance cameras or an alarm system. You are not familiar with the latest research on security surveillance cameras, the use of blue light to prevent and deter crime, or on IESNA (Illuminating Engineering Society of North America) guidelines for security light illumination.

read more › Sooner or later, almost every employer will face the need to investigate one or more of its employees. Workplace investigations run the gamut and include, but are not limited to, employees who are stealing property from a worksite, theft of time and abuse of sick leave, workplace violence and threats, discrimination, disparate treatment, and harassment complaints. Employee theft can take many forms, from stealing office equipment or merchandise, to stealing time by improperly reporting sick leave and vacation, to stealing intellectual property and confidential information.

read more › While most of our investigations are conducted in Oregon, Babnick and Associates LLC is a global investigative firm with the ability to conduct investigations almost anywhere in the world. Because of relationships we have developed around the globe, we can conduct research and put investigative agents on the ground in Central and South America, Europe, Africa, Asia, and even in lesser known countries like the Republic of Cabo Verde, Union of the Comoros, the State of Eritrea, and the Republic of Vanuatu.

read more › In the private investigations business testimonials from satisfied clients are hard to come by because the work of a private investigator is private. Many clients do not even want anyone to know that they retained our services. We respect the privacy of our clients and we keep all of the work we do completely confidential. We do not divulge any information about the work we do to anyone. But, sometimes we have clients who publicly post reviews or give permission to share their experience.

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