Advanced Private Investigations

Advanced Private Investigations and Security Management

We are Private Investigators in Raleigh, Cary, Chapel Hill, Apex and area with subcontracted agents available throughout North Carolina and the entire U.S. and Canada. For what Private Investigators do, see the left of this page. You can read on or just call Investigator James Petrie at 919 795 8910 and he will explain what we can do for you with no obligations. An investigation involving cheating is called a Domestic Investigation. An investigation involving children is usually labeled as a Child Custody Investigation.

For information on DOMESTIC INVESTIGATIONS, or to get started, just click on "Domestic and Teens" to the left. We also handle Stalking cases by helping replace terror with sensible counter measures for our clients. The "Security Manage" part of the name refers to our Computer Security Specialist who can protect your business from getting hacked for ransom. We are also equipped for criminal investigations, missing persons investigations, murder investigations, corporate investigations, benefits fraud investigations, and provide attorney support. We provide experienced professionals at a very reasonable fee. Detective James Petrie has worked undercover investigations for more than thirty years. Our reviews are all excellent because we give our clients excellent service. We will take action quickly and we will be efficient. Rates are found on the left at the bottom or just call 919-795-8910 and ask for James.

We have successfully solved investigations for attorneys, private individuals, governments, and businesses since 1981. API received thanks from the Wake County Sheriff's department for its assistance in a very complex investigation that started as a locate and ended with a criminal conviction for murder in 2011. In 2009 James appeared on the local news for his work in solving the Vanlata Patel murder - also leading to a conviction. We have been called to testify by Wake County's District Attorney. We have conducted investigations for Criminal Defense Attorneys working for the State of North Carolina.

PI Magazine published James Petrie's views on GPS technology in their 2011 August issue. Thank you PI Magazine. If you are not sure it is time to hire a PI consider using one of our hidden cameras that will send pictures to your cell phone, in real time, to show you what is happening at your home when you are away. When we say "Advanced" we mean advanced methods and advanced technology.

Our Expert Wake County Team Members:

* James Petrie - Licensed Private Investigator with more than thirty years in undercover investigations.

* David Petrie - Associate Private Investigator with expert training for undercover operations.

* Lee Roberts - Former City of Raleigh CCBI Director an expert in crime scene investigations.


  • DOMESTIC: GPS tracking Cell Pings, HD video evidence.
  • CHILD CUSTODY: Criminal Backgrounds W2s 1090s.
  • BENEFITS FRAUD: Remote cameras
  • PROPERTY RECOVERY: Undercover techniques that work.
  • LOCATE MISSING PERSON: Thirty years' experience.

Providing private investigative services since 1981 James Petrie knows that he, his Wake County Team and extended network can help you find the truth. We can save money and time for Attorneys and help some clients get a settlement without appearing in court.


With experience in recovering property we have learned what it takes to protect your property at minimal cost to you. Identifying the weak points and using resources efficiently will be cost effective.

API's building
API is located at 315N Academy St. Suite 200, Cary, NC 27513

Owner James Petrie is licensed with the Private Protective Services Board of North Carolina and the North Carolina Association of Private Investigators NCAPI under Badge number 3315. He can be reached at (919) 795-8910 or Email: There is no charge to meet with James. For more information on what we do click on What PIs do.