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How Much Does a Private Investigator Cost?

So you want to hire a private investigator, and you need to know if you can afford it. So you ask, how much will it cost? Well, truth is: whatever your budget is! Oh great! So I can pay $50 and hire someone to run a week long surveillance in remote victoria. Not exactly. Read on and we’ll explain how you can make a more informed decision about hiring a private detective.

So the first concept we need to explain is that private detective work is a lot like any other skilled service – you get what you pay for. While private investigation is a complex service, so it can be hard to understand the quote for an investigation job, chances are you can gauge if something is too good to be true. Private eyes can tailor their cost to almost any budget, but what are you really getting for your money?

The cost of the proper licences

Without the proper licences, a private investigator is pretty much a full on scam. There’s so much that can go wrong in this scenario, it’s not even funny. If someone operates as a private investigator and isn’t licensed, they (and you!) are at risk of committing multiple crimes, such as stalking and invasion of privacy. They can also completely interfere with the situation, instead of being an invisible observer. If your unqualified detective stuffs up their investigation and gets caught, suddenly you’re left with a messy aftermath and a situation that’s much worse than before. The cost of a licenced detective seems like nothing compared to jail or the loss of discretion.

Saved legal costs

It’s not cheap being a private investigator is not cheap. On top of licences there are insurances like public liability that covers the private investigator’s risks of investigation. A dirt cheap quote would indicate that your PI doesn’t have these insurances, which puts you at risk of taking the fall if something goes awry.

The cost of expensive equipment

You want footage, photos and documentation from your investigation that you can actually use, and the equipment for this does not come cheap. For example, night vision goggles, high definition/ high frame rate cameras, bag cameras (yes, like in the movies), high quality audio recording devices, and then hundreds of terabytes of digital storage for all this high quality footage. A private investigator quote will include a portion of these costs, which ensures you get more than just a blurry photo and an excuse.

An investigator’s years of experience = a cost effective investigation

When you hire a private investigator with years of experience, they know how to get the job done in the quickest and easiest way. This saves you money, as the investigator hasn’t wasted hours (on your dine!) figuring it out the long way. The more years experience and knowledge, the more cost effective your quote will be. A seasoned professional will get you the results you need, without wasting your money. At elite investigations, you receive a thorough breakdown of every expense related to your investigation. Our open book policy means there is full accountability of where your money is going.

So what’s an exact number?

Give us your budget! We will be upfront and tell you exactly what you can get for that amount. It also varies based on your investigation. E.g. tracking down a missing person who is checking in on Facebook every second will be a quicker (and therefore cheaper) job than tracking down your long lost half brother whose surname you don’t know and hasn’t been seen for years. If we were to give you an exact number, we’d be lying, and most likely over charging you. And that’s not good for anyone’s budget!

Elite Investigations Melbourne Detectives have the highest degree of experience, knowledge and skill to get the job done done in the most thorough and cost effective way. If you need a detective that can accommodate your needs, give us a call on 1300 721 715 or email info@eliteinvestigations.com.au, and see how far your budget can go.

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