How much does a private investigator cost UK

private investigator cost

A lot of the time one of the first questions prospective clients ask is ‘how much does does a private investigator cost to hire’? A lot of the time we will be asked how much will it cost to perform a surveillance or investigation. There is no way we can answer this without taking time to speak with you and assess your situation.

We can, having spoke with you work out a fee structure outlining the work we will carry out for this cost. Also we will try to work out the most cost effective method that suits your budget.


It maybe a client believes they have a cheating partner and wants him/her followed to see where they go and who they meet. We will agree beforehand how many hours they want the surveillance for and with how many operatives. We then offer you a fee for the hours. This fee would include planning of the operation. Also travel to and from location, surveillance vehicles, camera equipment and a full written  report. We may experience disbursements to continue the surveillance. One scenario being a restaurant where operatives have to purchase a meal for continuity. Obviously we are not going to order the finest steak on the menu but these costs will have to be reimbursed by the client after the surveillance.

Whatever service you require you will be told in advance what price you will be paying in advance.

All quotations given are non committal and we offer a free consultation meeting as sometimes clients wish to meet in person beforehand.

We offer tracing at a no trace no fee basis which means you only pay if the trace is successful.

M.R. Investigations accept the following payment options:

  • Debit/Credit Cards.
  • Electronic bank transfer.
  • Cash – All cash payments will be receipted.

Hopefully this will give you some insight into how much a private investigator cost.

19th April 2017

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