How Much Does a Private Detective Cost?

The question you ask us the most is: How much does a private investigator cost?

The cost of hiring a private detective depends on what you need them to do. By our calculations, the average cost of hiring a private detective for covert surveillance in the UK is £69.15 per hour (not including expenses).

However, this average doesn’t reflect the variability of private investigator fees for the service. In our research, we found that most investigators advertise a price range rather than fixed fees. The average range is from £41.60 to £96.65. Despite price ranges being so common, few investigators disclose transparently what would make surveillance more expensive.

Instead of operating on a sliding scale, we charge a flat fee for surveillance: £50 per hour. We don’t have hidden costs or assign a variable hourly rate to do one job, regardless of the time of day.

But this information is just about surveillance. How much do our other services cost? We’re uncomfortable with the mystery surrounding this industry. For the sake of clarity, let’s take a look at how pricing from PI UK works.

Why Don’t Investigators Publish Prices?

It would be hypocritical to continue without acknowledging that we don’t publish a price list online. In fact, you’ll be hard-pushed to find a reputable detective agency that does. This isn’t because we’re trying to hide something, but it’s simply because we don’t know what services you’ll need.

Although we appreciate how frustrating it can be not to know the costs when you’re looking to hire a private investigator, we can’t accurately tell you how much it would cost without a consultation. We can tell you how much each individual service would cost, but we can’t possibly gauge which ones you need without you giving us more detail. This is why we provide all prospective clients with a free, no-obligation consultation.

It may sound counterintuitive, but because we pride ourselves on providing transparent private investigations services, we don’t want to mislead clients by publishing a price list. If you call us, explain what information you need. When you include the circumstances surrounding your investigation, we can accurately and precisely tell you how much it would cost.

What Makes the Price Variable?

If we always charge the same flat rate for the same jobs, how can our pricing still be variable?

No two investigations are ever alike. This means that the individual elements that make up an investigation differ from case to case. We can best explain this with an example.

Say, for instance, that you are suspicious of your partner. Their behaviour has changed, and you cannot explain why. You think they are cheating, so you decide to look into the cost of a private investigator.

If we published a list of our prices, you’d fail to get an accurate picture of the costs. There are several reasons for this:

Multi-Modal Investigations

Suppose you consulted with us instead of checking the price list. We might think it would be best to begin your investigation with some vehicle tracking and then proceed with surveillance. We offer bundled services and package discounts for inquiries like this.

Through looking at the price lists online, you might not realise this would be the most efficient course of action. On the other hand, vehicle tracking might not be possible due to the ownership of the car. If the vehicle isn’t yours, it would be illegal.

In addition to this, if we uncovered cheating, you may want us to perform a background check on the other person or find out where they live. You might be put off if we published our price lists, as our discounts wouldn’t be apparent.

The Most Cost-Effective Solution Might Not Be Obvious

We appreciate that different people have different budgets. Because we want to help as many people as possible, we work hard to provide solutions tailored to your price range. From a price list alone, you might not realise that one of our cheaper services could also provide you with valuable information.

Private Investigators Charge By The Hour

If you’re not a private investigator, you probably won’t have the most accurate idea of how long an investigation might take. Seemingly complex fraud investigations could be over in a matter of hours, while a simple trace could take several weeks. You might think your cheating partner investigation would take days, but we could find out everything in just six hours. By communicating with us, we can give you a sensible estimate of how long it will take to find the information you need.

Any given investigation requires unique strategies, services, and time scales. We strongly recommend that you get in touch with us before deciding you don’t want our help. It’s free, and you might be surprised by how accommodating we can be to your needs.

Private Investigations UK is dedicated to providing transparent, fixed-fee services. For more information and an accurate quote, please call 0800 002 0898. If you don’t want to talk on the phone right now, please fill out a contact form, and one of our investigators will get back to you at your convenience.

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