How Much Does a Private Investigator Cost?

Hey there, Steve here and welcome to this week’s private eye post where I’ll answer the question, “How much does it cost to hire a private investigator?”

Before I get into some of the “nitty-gritty”, our rates for a fully-licensed surveillance investigation start at just $70 per hour, with a 4-hour minimum.

Now the overall cost of your investigation will depend on a number of factors. There’s a lot of difference between capturing photographic and video evidence of a cheating spouse during a night where you suspect they aren’t going where they say they are, compared with trying to find a long-lost relative with partial information. Clearly, the latter investigation is going to be much more protracted and involve a lot more work by our investigative team.

So, let’s take a look at what you get for your money…

#1 Investigative Experience

When you hire Elite Investigations, you get a private investigator with years of experience. What this means is we know the best way to approach any given situation, so that we can resolve the work in the quickest and easiest way.

As a result, this means you pay less overall because there’s no wasted time, effort, and money.

#2 The Right Equipment For The Work

When it comes down to it, most of the evidence we provide has to be able to stand up in court. We invest in high-quality and expensive equipment such as night-vision goggles, high-def cameras with telephoto lenses, bag cameras, audio recording equipment, and the like.

The use of this equipment is included in our quote and ensures you get the evidence you need for your investigation.

#3 Licenses And Insurance

All our investigators are fully licensed and properly insured. This isn’t cheap to do, so if you get a low quote from elsewhere, it may mean they’re not operating legally and ethically. If an unqualified detective gets caught, it puts you at risk of committing multiple crimes, such as stalking and invasion of privacy. This can potentially mean you are at risk of facing heavy fines and even jail time.

So, how much will your investigation cost?

It’s really easy to find out — call us or use our contact form and one of our senior investigators will appraise your situation and give you an estimate. As we conduct your investigation we will always keep you appraised of how your money is being spent, and you will be able to approve continued work as we go along. We operate in a fair and transparent manner, so you can be assured of the best possible investigation service for your budget.

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Until next week,