At Insight Investigations one of our most frequently asked questions is 'How much will it cost' as quite naturally everyone wants to know how much a typical investigation will cost. Of course, there is no such thing as a 'typical' investigation, much as there is no 'typical' car on the roads today. Every investigation is unique and whilst many of the techniques and process we would undertake are similar, every case is different.
To try and help though we have recently undertaken a 'mystery shopping**' exercise across a number of Private Investigator and Detective companies throughout the India and we are now able to bring you a guide to current typical Investigator prices.
Private Investigator fees can vary dramatically so it is worth shopping around to find a company that you trust, not necessarily the cheapest quote you get. Remember that you are paying for time and experience and often an experienced investigator will charge more per day but get the job done in less time. As you will see below, Private Detective surveillance fees are typically from 3000 INR - 6000 INR per day's although the can range at the extremes from 1500 INR per day up to 10000 INR per day. Tracing people will typically cost around 10000 INR to 15000 INR and background checks from 15000 INR to 80000 INR.
Private Detectives Price List
You should be aware that the following figures are simply guidelines as to what you might expect to pay when engaging a Private Detectives and every firm and every case will be different. All the first companies we spoke to were happy to provide fees estimates upfront so don't forget to ask for this when you call.
Surveillance Fees 3000 INR – 6000 INR per day
Surveillance fees vary dependent upon the complexity and location of an investigation, in some circumstances, it will require a two (or more) person team, depending on what type of surveillance is required. Most professional private detective agency will assign you a dedicated case manager who will be able to advise you on the most cost-effective solution to bring an investigation to its best possible result, using technology as well as manpower to gather the evidence you need. Typical surveillance rates start from 3000 INR – 6000 INR per day with a number of firms having a minimum number of day (typically 4-6) as it is generally unlikely that they will be able to collect the evidence in less time than that, together with the fact that there is a certain about of pre-operations planning required. For that fee you should expect to receive a written report and photographic or video footage where applicable or logistically legally possible to confirm the work has been undertaken and to demonstrate to you the outcome. On top of this you should expect to pay mileage expenses and some other minor disbursements. In most circumstances Insight Investigations quote fees inclusive of all mileage and minor disbursments, all client liaison and reporting.
Pre Matrimonial Investigation Fees 30,000 INR - 45,000 INR
A Pre Matrimonial Investigation involves collection of information from the neighborhood of the Subject's residence and workplace. It also involves information on the Family and their social status, mindset, criminal/litigations background check. Collecting this information takes 2 to 5 days. We also need to put surveillance of 2 to 5 full days on the Subject right from the time the Subject departure to the office till the Subject comes back home. Thus, this Assignment takes 6 to 8 days and as a thumb rule depending upon the sensitivity of the Investigation costing around Rs. 6,000/- per day thus amounting to an amount between Rs. 30,000 INR - to 45,000 INR. Incase any information more than the one given above is required, the charges will be extra depending upon the additional estimated number of days.
Post Matrimonial Investigation Fees 10000 INR – 40000 INR
The Post Matrimonial Investigation Fees involve more surveillance work, collection of information and at times, deployment of equipments and thus the charges will depend upon the number of days work and type of equipment required.
Tracing Enquiries 10000 INR – 15000 INR Fixed
Tracing people can be a straightforward affair or at times an immensely complex process. If you are looking for someone with whom you have lost contact then you might expect to pay less than if you are trying to trace someone who has 'disappeared' as they don't want to be found.
Prices will also vary considerably depending on whether the person you are trying to trace is in the India or abroad; generally speaking the further away they are the more expensive it becomes.
Most private detective agencies will operate on a fixed fee for relatively simple cases and prices can start from 10000 INR – 15000 INR although nearly all firms will refuse to carry out a 'no trace no fee' service as they need to be paid for the time they invest in the case. Insight Investigations are not skip tracers, who just look at a few databases that are available with little further effort, we invest considerable time in investigating around the standard resources available.
Background Checks 3000 INR – 6000 INR Per Day
Carrying out professional background checks is becoming more important these days and many firms and individuals find the need to do this to protect themselves against future issues. Straightforward checks on Companies and services such as asset tracing generally started at 15000 INR and went upwards from there depending on the size and complexity of the task. Full background checks and status reports typically fell under the remit of standard investigations and prices varied depending on the type of work, location, duration and complexity. No firm we spoke to were able to give a fixed price on this work and all of them defaulted to their standard rate which varied from 3000 INR – 6000 INR per day.
Other Private Investigator Service Fees 300 INR – 600 INR Per Hour
Of course there are many other services provided by Private Investigators and each of them has different charges for those services.
Typically we found that you got what you paid for and those charging a higher fee were often members of professional bodies, had many years of experience and could provide us with case studies of previous jobs they had undertaken. Most reputable investigators will only quote for assignments that can be completed legally within the India.
Private Detective Costs
The cost of hiring a private investigator in India or team of investigators in India can be expensive if you do not choose to work with the right investigation agency in India first time. We know that many private detective agencies in Delhi, Mumbai, Kolkata, Pune & Bangalore will provide you with a quote that actually turns out to be a basic price with added costs being incurred throughout your investigation along the way.
Here at Insight our priorities are plain and simple when it comes to providing you with a price, we will give you a fully inclusive price that is based upon the nature of your enquiry. Our fees include all mileage, all client reporting, client liaison, any photographic or video footage we obtain during the course of the investigations.
We believe in giving you value for money from the first time you contact us. Each investigation is different, even if the principles are the same. Choosing the right course of action to take, should be straightforward, after discussion with us, as we will give you our many years of knowledge and experience on how to resolve your case and get to the truth of a problem.
All of our hourly/day charges are based on the complexity of an enquiry and the level of investigation required in order to bring your enquiry to a successful conclusion.
Some private detective agencies in India will quote lower than we do but we would advise that you query any quoted Fee and get it confirmed that the price is indeed all you will be charged, with no 'hidden' extras. We will provide you with a fully inclusive price plus VAT.
For further insight into the cost of an investigation please call one of our experienced team who will be able to explain fully the costs.
Tell us your problem and we'll give you the solution for it, no matter how complex or sensitive. Call us now on +91 9818840866 for a discreet and efficient service.
So if you are looking to engage a professional detective or investigator in India to look into a matter for you then generally expect to pay slightly higher prices for the better firms and be sure to ask for professional accreditation and bodies before engaging the company to work for you.
**Prices were obtained in a blind sample during early 2016 and revised early in 2017 however they may be subject to change at any point. All prices will be subject to VAT at the prevailing rate if the firm you use is VAT registered.