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The average price of Private Investigators in Central London is £22.50 per hour

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Vanguard Associates UK

Welcome to Vanguard Associates UK Ltd, a dynamic investigation and security consultancy established by selected professionals from diverse investigative and security backgrounds, all of whom have a wealth of knowledge, experience and exceptional integrity. Our personal attention and distinctive approach to investigations and consultancy issues are establishing Vanguard with a strong reputation in the industry. We seek to provide cost effective solutions which are timely, informed and enable clients to make considered decisions in response to personal or professional situations. Our comprehensive range of services has been designed to provide corporate and individual clients the assurance of a dedicated and personal approach throughout the investigation or consultancy process. The traditional functions of the police service have become narrowly defined which has resulted in many theft and fraud related offences not being investigated and therefore undetected. Vanguard can assist you in the compilation of evidential packages which will improve the opportunities of prosecution, conviction, asset recovery or civil litigation. Our range of services is by no means exhaustive and we welcome the opportunity of discussing your requirements.

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What do you love most about your job?

Resolving issue and conflicts on behalf of clients and providing a cost effective service. We are also full members of the Association of British Investigators, the leading UK professional body which is working with the Law Society of England & Wales and included in the Law Society of Scotland Approved Supplier Scheme. Vanguard is able to provide our services throughout the United Kingdom and in many cases beyond our shores.

What inspired you to start your own business?

Following 30 years service in the Metropolitan Police primarily as a Detective I gained a vast amount of law enforcement knowledge and training in many diverse aspects which were eminently transferable to the private sector.

Why should our clients choose you?

We provide professional cost effective solutions tailored to the requirements of the client and work with our clients to achieve the aims and objectives of the enquiry.

Can you provide your services online or remotely? If so, please add details.

Much of our investigation research can be achieved on line, however some will require boots on the ground to add the final details to an investigation. Much depends on the nature of the enquiry as no two issues are the same and we will discuss with you how we intend to support you with the investigation.

What changes have you made to keep your customers safe from Covid-19?

Where appropriate we will use PPE when dealing with members of the public and suspects alike and in relation to the service of documents a high level of care is taken to protect the operative and Respondent alike.

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Private Investigators FAQs

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Prices can vary depending on your professional’s experience and the location of the investigation.

Your professional private investigator will be able to advise you on the full range of options, including what is most suitable for you. Use Bark to receive free quotes and get in touch with local private investigators today.

Some of the common services your private investigator can help with include:

  • Surveillance and counter-surveillance

  • Taking pictures and compiling evidence

  • Interviewing witnesses and conducting research

  • Conducting background checks and running credit reports

  • Process serving

  • Performing due diligence and debt recovery

There are several factors worth considering when choosing your private investigator. These include:

  • Referrals - You will likely be sharing personal information with this person, so it is important to find someone reliable. Do as much research on the private investigator as possible. Ask trusted friends for recommendations and always check reviews.

  • Office-based - Make sure they have an office. If your private detective only works out of restaurants and over the phone, that is a sign you should get out now. You need to know where to find this person if they don’t follow through on their obligations.

  • Experience - Ask about their experience and education. To make sure your job gets done right, find a detective who specialises in the task you need. Ask about their experience and the results of their past work.

  • Insurance - Most serious private investigators are insured. While it is not necessary for all jobs, if something were to happen during the work, you as the hirer, would be held liable if there was no insurance coverage.

  • Confidentiality - You are very likely to deal with sensitive information when you are working with a private investigator, and you need to be sure they will be discreet and respectful of information shared between the two of you.

  • Contract - Your initial consultation with a private detective should be free, and from there, they should be able to outline anticipated costs. If you choose to follow through with the work, make sure all fees and expectations are clearly outlined in a contract.

  • Be prepared - Brace yourself for what a private investigator may uncover. Be sure you are ready for whatever they may find, especially when it involves people close to you. You may hope the private investigator will prove your fears wrong, but be sure that you will be able to handle all outcomes.

You can be confident that any of the local private investigators on Bark will give you a reliable and professional service.

Before you choose a private investigator, you could read testimonials and details of their past work on their website.

You could also look at their profile page on Bark, which displays reviews from past customers.

Absolutely! Although, it's important to carry out thorough checks on your personal investigator as well as looking at testimonials from previous clients, as your professional will be dealing with sensitive information, so you need to ensure that they're trustworthy.

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