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How much does a UK Private Investigator charge?

''Please see below our charges for a number of professional services and Private Investigations including; tracing, court document service, surveillance, GPS tracking, fraud investigation and more.

Watkins Ward Associates Private Investigations are always happy to give a clear quotation, based on a clients specific case requirements.

We always recommend potential clients make time to speak with us, this allows us to better appreciate the situation, as all private investigations can be very different.

We can then give you an informed indication of expenditure and the timescale involved, and agree a clear budget and case plan.

Watkins Ward Associates detectives are highly trained, and always sensitive to the client's circumstances, completely discreet and will only offer services we believe will help resolve the situation, in a quick and effective way.''

''We find by talking through the outline of your current circumstances in total confidence, and asking just a few non-intrusive questions, we become fully able to comprehend your specific requirements. This will also enable you to get to know how we work and for us to give a clear plan of action, costs, turn-around time - to help you to decide whether you wish to instruct us to proceed. Watkins Ward Detectives do not charge any up-front fees for telephone consultation.''

- Brian Sladen, Senior Detective, Dip.PI (QCF)(IAPCC)

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Surveillance Rates

From £19 p/hour

Price per Agent. Several discounted packages available dependent on case requirement.

This includes all photographic footage, reports and video as standard, with no additional disbursements.

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Process Service

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Fixed fee which now includes mileage, travel time, 3 attempts of service.

Sworn affidavit or statement of service and return delivery within 48 hours as standard.

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Court Document Collection

£95 - fixed fee

Arrange collection from any court or offices within England.

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Tracing & People Search

£95 - £225

Price depending on circumstances. Please call or contact us for more details.

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Fraud Investigation

From £18 p/hour

Rate is from £18.00 per hour. Please call or contact us for more details.

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Financial Investigations

£450 - £1250

UK Asset Search/ Sweep £450.00 - £1250.00. Please call to discuss this very complex and specialised investigative process, pricing will depend on specific circumstances.

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Background Checks

From £145

Prices for background checks are from £145. Final price depending on circumstances. Please call or contact us for more details.

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Inquiry Agent Services


Door Knocks & Verbal Inquiries. Please call or contact us for more details.

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Consultancy / Meeting

£125 p/hour

Consultancy & Meeting fees are £125 per hour. Please call or contact us for more details.

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Vehicle Tracking

From £99

Direct access to the tracking panel is supplied as standard at no extra cost. Specialist covert/undercover install and de-install available.

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De-Bugging/ Counter-Surveillance Sweep

From £550

De-Bugging/ Counter-Surveillance Sweep are £550. Please call or contact us for more details.

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Frequently Asked

How will my investigation be handled? Is it confidential?
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All of our investigations are 100% confidential. Watkins Ward local private detective, who are registered by the Information Commissioners' Office for Private Investigation activity, take data security and client privacy seriously.

We will never discuss nor disclose your case (or any details whatsoever) to any third parties, unless specifically requested. For example, if the police or social services need to get involved, we will always ask for your consent first.

I'm nervous to contact you, what can I expect?
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We are friendly, approachable & discreet investigators. All of our private detectives have many years' experience and are specifically trained in how to handle sensitive personal matters. We will work with you on a personal level to carefully understand your individual circumstances and provide real solutions to real problems.

Give our friendly advisors a call or alternatively, if you’d prefer not to talk on the phone you can contact our team 24/7 via email or, via the encrypted contact form on our website. You will be given confidential, specialist advice, with no-obligation.

Will the subject(s) know they are being investigated?
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We use many professional techniques to remain covert, constantly evaluating changing circumstances, and maintaining the fine balance of the need not to lose a subject, but to remain covert also.  

Our local private detectives are equipped with the latest covert audio and video technology. They are also equipped with advanced digitally encrypted (covert) 2-way radio communications.

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