Monterey Bay Private Investigator

We have been providing private investigation services to Monterey for years. Learn why Monterey is special to me, personally, and some of the cases we have taken on in Monterey and Carmel over the years.

My family, Joseph Leppert, owned(grandmothers side) owned Pioneer Bakery from 1896.

Also , Joseph's son, Henry Leppert, was a black smith near the turn of the 20th century who became famous for his spears and for his dancing on the belly of sharks.

If you look at the video above, my great grand father Salvatore Balesteri can be seen at 9:39 into the film aboard his fishing vessel Sea Wolf. No doubt, if you have been a long time resident of Monterey, you will recall Sams Fishing Fleet on the wharf, the site of my great grandfathers fishing venture in the Monterey Bay for many years.

Recently, my great uncle Sal made a lot of headlines during his fight to maintain his shops called Balesteri's Wharf Front, to which, in the end, my great uncle and cousin had to close up two iconic shops (gifts and coffee and icecream shops).

Sam's Fishing Fleet Monterey, California

A rich family history in Monterey, indeed, and for me, it is my second home.

Crime Statistics in Monterey, Calif.

Because of the influx of tourism in the greater Monterey Bay and Carmel areas, there is a fair share of criminal activity. Of course it isn't as bad as other parts of California, but unfortunately, the numbers don't lie.

According to Monterey crime statistics on, from the period of February 25, 2017 through March 11, 2017 the following criminal activity has been reported:

  • 25 violent crimes

  • 110 property crimes

  • 53 quality of life crimes

  • 82 registered sex offenders

Please check out for sex offenders in Monterey that may be near you.

Investigations We Have Done In Monterey & Carmel

We have been fortunate to work with some very good Carmel-By-The-Sea and Carmel Valley, as well as Monterey clients over the years. As we cover all the points in between in Monterey county we thought we'd mention the cities we work in the most, Monterey and Carmel.

Some of the work we have helped our local clients with is:

Asset investigations (12 in 2016)

Background investigations (8 in-depth and 13 cursory investigations)

Counter surveillance (2 full bug sweeps for private clients and 1 for a company)

Cheating spouse assignments (8 cases)

We have also worked on other projects in outlying communities that are close to Monterey, such as Santa Cruz.

In Closing

I love Monterey! There is a diversity of people and investigative assignments we have undertaken. It is my second home and I am there quite often. I love the vibe with tourism, local artists and commitment to health and wellness many in the Bay have made part of their lives.

There is no real seedy side to Monterey and Carmel. Just like anywhere else there is a fair share of problems stemming from cheating partners to sensitive background investigations.

I look forward to some great cases and to be of value to the attorneys, companies and private citizens of the Monterey Bay.

If you are somewhere in the area and you think a private investigator could help you, I sure do wish you might consider my firm that bears my name, Steve Garrett.

At your service,



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