Private Investigator Costs – 2023 Fee Guide

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One of the main questions we get as a private detective agency is “how much does a private investigator cost?” Today we will be looking at that question in more detail and we will explain the different circumstances that can increase or decrease the price.

Hiring a private investigator is a choice that people usually take when they feel desperate, but one thing that may put them off is the price of hiring a private investigator. Hiring a private investigator isn’t the same as going to an online shop and buying a product as there are so many factors that can influence the price.

At Bond Rees, we can give you a rough guideline on the cost of hiring a private detective but ultimately the final cost will depend on how much time is spent on your project and if there are any expenses accumulated on the way. You don’t have to worry about these costs being too much for you though as we will explain all of the costs involved before taking on your project.

As always, if you have any questions and would like to speak to one of our private detectives get in touch with us and one of our detectives will walk you through the entire process.

Services provided by Private Investigators

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When someone searches for the price of hiring an investigator there are so many areas of private investigation so the cost of hiring a detective is different for every job. For example, a private eye can carry out the following work:

  • Covert surveillance
  • Vehicle tracking
  • Polygraph Testing
  • Fraud investigation
  • Listening devices
  • Serving of Court papers/Process serving
  • Person tracing/Missing persons
  • Bug sweeping
  • Data recovery
  • PC Tracking
  • Mobile phone tracking
  • Smart Phone Apps
  • Personal background checking
  • Location checking
  • Witness statements and Court attendance

Each of these jobs is going to take different resources and manpower so looking for a one size fits all solution isn’t going to help. Therefore we will break down some of these services and how much they will roughly cost.

Lie detector tests for example is a one-time fee service while an employee fraud investigation could take months of monitoring and investigating.

How much does a private investigator cost?

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The cost of hiring a private investigator per task:

  • People tracing services from £99 to £389.
  • Surveillance ranges from £389 to £780.
  • GPS Tracking Devices from £99 to £988.
  • Lie Detector Testing from £450 per test.
  • Corporate Investigations starting from £740.
  • Bug Sweeping Services starting from £998.

As you can see a private investigator can cost between £99 and £998 depending on the task you hire them for. The most accurate way of knowing how much it would cost you to hire Bond Rees would be to talk to one of our agents.

Fees for hiring a private detective can range between detective agencies. Some are more expensive than us and some are cheaper. What you will need to take into account is that a more expensive agency may not leave you with enough budget to carry out the work at hand and see it through to completion.  

A cheaper private investigator agency may not have the skills, knowledge or manpower to get the job done. Most private-detective agencies are a 1 or two-person operation so travelling the country for them is expensive and as a result, you get charged this.

locations we cover

Bond Rees on the other hand is a national private detective agency and we have offices in London, Manchester, Birmingham, Cardiff, Liverpool, Manchester, Aberdeen, and Croydon.

We provide our services UK wide without putting those travelling expenses on to you. This allows all of your budget to go into the job at hand rather than additional expenses.

If you are looking for affordable private investigators in the UK that can get the job done, get in touch with us.

People tracing investigation fees.

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Our private detectives can provide you with people tracing and asset tracing services. These fees start at £99 and can increase depending on the complexity of the job and the duration. All costs will be discussed beforehand so you are not left with any unexpected fees.

Surveillance costs

If you need our private investigators to provide you with surveillance then you can expect to pay between £389 to £780 on average. Once again the duration of the surveillance along with the complexity will increase or decrease the cost of carrying out surveillance.

Process Serving Costs

we provide process serving services to law firms

Our process servers can deliver your documents legally and professionally for £389. It’s important to note that handling legal documents needs to be done in the right way otherwise any evidence or documents may not be used in the court of law.  

You may find process servers for cheaper in the UK but we have never had any problems in court with our legal document delivery.

Lie detector fees

lie detector test

Our lie detector tests are something our private investigators carry out for a flat fee of £450. Our detectives and expert polygraph testers can travel the country to perform a polygraph test to give you peace of mind or help clear your name.

GPS tracking fees

We can provide both GPS tracking devices and services from £99 to £998. The devices needed, the number of private investigators and the length of the job will all determine the final cost of our GPS tracking services.

Corporate Investigation costs

If you suspect corporate fraud is happening in your business our private detectives can help. Our corporate fraud investigations start from £740 and can rise depending on the length of time you need our services.

At Bond Rees, our detectives are highly skilled and can spot corporate fraud very easily so we will get to the bottom of your problems quicker than any other private detective agency.

Bug Sweeping costs

Our bug sweeping services start from £998 and can rise depending on the number of locations and rooms you need to be swept. To get an accurate quote please get in touch and one of our private detectives can find out more about your bug sweeping needs.

Private Detective fees explained

Hiring a private detective can seem like a big task, it can also be confusing because of the number of services that fall under the private investigative umbrella. You should now know what you can pay when hiring a private detective, but we always urge our clients to speak to us first before making their minds up.

Some detective agencies will look cheaper to begin with, but add on costs to the back end of the investigation. Bond Rees, will never do that and will discuss the cost of hiring a detective before any work starts.

At Bond Rees, we don’t price match because of this exact reason. We would rather be upfront with you so you know exactly what you need to pay so that we can complete the job in a professional and timely manner.

Some of our services such as polygraph testing are fixed fee, but the majority of our services will range in price because every job is different. If you would like to hire Bond Rees as your private detective agency please get in touch with us by using the various contact details on this website.

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