• Kara Hipps


Have you ever said, “I wish I could afford to hire a private investigator to _______________________________.” Whatever your needs may be, Hipps Investigative Services makes that possible without compromising the quality of your investigation.

cost of hiring a private investigator
Each case is different and requires certain things. There is not one set price for each investigation as each case is unique.

Why do I care?

A lot of people live by the adage “you get what you pay for.” Although that may be true for a lot of things, it’s not when it comes to the quality of service you receive from Hipps Investigative Services and here’s why.

One of the revolving themes I witnessed as a police detective was small businesses and individuals being victimized, but they couldn’t obtain the evidence to prove who perpetrated the crime.

You’re probably asking yourself, “Shouldn’t the police detectives be responsible for finding the evidence?”

The answer is yes and no, depending on the type of crime perpetrated. A violent crime, yes. A complicated embezzlement with no physical injuries, maybe. A missing adult with no evidence of foul play, probably not. It is not against the law for an adult to disappear on their own volition.

There were so many times I made the suggestion to a victim to hire a private investigator, but the number one concern was the cost.

When I started Hipps Investigative Services, one of my goals was to provide the best service at an affordable price. Nothing crushed my spirit more than “knowing” someone committed a crime and not being able to prove it due to time constraints and limited resources.

A police detective has entire communities to serve making it impossible to give each case the same amount of attention. A private investigator, on the other hand, can choose which cases to take and give each case the attention it deserves.

How am I able to keep my prices affordable?

I am able to maintain fair prices by keeping my overhead low. I don’t have an office with lots of windows; unless you count my vehicle as my office. I work out of my home. I spend most of my days out in the field working, so increasing my fees to pay for an office that wouldn’t get used just didn’t make sense.

What people think my office looks like.

I don’t have a lot of investigators who I barely know to conduct my investigations. When I can’t personally conduct the investigation, I have a select few who I know will give the same amount of attention and care to a case as I would.

I answer my own phone. Answering my own phone not only keeps overhead low, it allows me to personally connect with each potential client and maintain discreetness.

What my office actually looks like.

Customer service is very important, but the best customer service in the world doesn't replace or make up for a lazy and sloppy investigation. I would rather turn cases away than generate a report based on a rushed investigation.

I do have plans to expand in the future, but not to the extent I have to out-price my clients to keep my doors open.

I encourage anyone considering hiring a private investigator to do your own investigation. The most expensive is not always the best and the least expensive is not always the worst.

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