STOPP Investigations

"Semper Vigilantis"

Investigations - Security - Training


Member Greater Latrobe - Laurel Valley Community Chamber of Commerce


We specialize in Covert Video Surveillance, Performance Audits, Background Investigations, Due Diligence including SEC and FINRA Research, Criminal Records Searches and Skip Tracing, but can also provide Insurance Investigations, Business and Personal Activity Inquiries and Corporate Theft & Fraud Investigations.

Background Checks

In today's society, simple criminal background checks are not sufficient. The 2012 Aurora Colorado shooter had no criminal record, the Sandy Hook shooter had no criminal record, nor did the Oklahoma bomber or the 9/11 terrorists.

While school employees, child care workers and social workers are all required to have Act 33, 34 & 73 clearances to work with or around children, all these reports tell you is the person has not been arrested for anything... yet. Only 25-30 percent of all crimes end in an arrest and fewer yet end in conviction.

In the financial world Bernie Madoff swindled his clients out of $65 Billion dollars, rogue trader Bruno Michel Iksil, $9 Billion while working for JP Morgan Chase, Sir Allen Stanford of Stanford International Bank, $8 Billion... none of these men had criminal histories.

A professional service is the best way to process a background check. They can do a far better job. They can perform the service without bias in an accurate and efficient manner and a broad – and legal – check can only be performed by a licensed firm.

There is a wide range of information that can be accessed for comprehensive background checks, including: - Workers’ compensation claims - Tax Fraud - Bankruptcies - School records - Military service - Liens &, Judgments - Former Employment - Former addresses - Social media activity - Assets - UCC, SEC & FINRA records - Known Associates - Possible Associates - Fraternal Memberships, and more...

Criminal record checks are simply not enough!

Covert Video Surveillance & Performance Audits

Covert Video Surveillance is 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.

Covert 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 businessses that use this type service are Banks, Department Stores, Convenience Stores, Security Contractors, Hotels, Restaurants, Car Dealers, Car Rental Agencies, Personal Care Facilites, 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 pubilc and/or handling of cash by employees.


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.

Security Officers

If you are ready to make a change from your current security contractor, you will find that our Security Officers are elite professionals skilled in handling your security needs in a calm, polite and professional manner. We offer armed and unarmed, uniformed and plainclothes security services for Corporate Offices, Hospitals, Schools, Construction Sites, Oil & Gas Fields, Retail, Manufacturing, Hotels, Special Events, Banks, etc. At STOPP Security we strive to provide you with the best security services available.

What makes us different than the rest?

We pay our officers higher wages while charging rates competetive with the other companies, and offer the most comprehensive physical training available anywhere! We do this because:

We want to attract quality, experienced people

We want to hire people who will care about the quality of their work and the safety of your staff, property and your person.

We only want committed officers who want to continue their training, move up in the company and be proud of the service they provide and the company they represent.

We strive to maximize officer retention to prevent interruptions in service and scheduling problems. Our people should be considered a member of your team.

Our goal is to provide customized private security to match your needs. We’ll sit down with you for as long as necessary and create a security detail to match your specific situation. We are your first line of defense, trained to handle the in-house side of an emergency and provide security for your establishment and staff. If all you want is a “Visual Deterrent” guard at the lowest possible cost, we can provide that for you too, but we will never skimp on staff, training or service just to be the lowest bidder. Our goal is not to be the biggest, but to be the BEST!

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.


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.

Not only is this training part of STOPP's ongoing training curriculum, but we also offer it to any Security Officer, Law Enforcement Officer, Emergency Responder or any company who wants their officers to enhance their present skills, have better control of potentially dangerous situations, and be less likely to end up using excessive force. Our training facility shares space with American Streetwise Karate and is located at 4480 Steubenville Pike, Pittsburgh, PA 15205 Phone (412) 628-7973

About Us

Gary Bennett, MBA, P.I. - Operations Manager - Fraud Investigator - Trainer - 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. Mr. Bennett is also a master level Martial Arts Trainer with over 35 years in the arts, specializing in close-quarter defensive techniques & tactics, and a Certified Municipal Police Instructor.

Jack Buckley, P.I. - Executive Protection & Training Manager - 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 security team organization & management, 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.

Together STOPP'S owners bring over 100 years of combined experience to the table, so we can provide the very best in high-end security and investigative services. Our goal is to be the best, hire the best and provide the most professional services in the industry.

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Contact Information:

STOPP Investigations & Security
Business Office
Phone (888) 305-1412
Training Center
Phone (412) 537-4684


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Westmoreland County Pennsylvania Private Detective License # 491 MD 2012