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How much does it cost to hire a Private Investigator in Singapore?

Updated: Jan 26

How much does it cost to hire a Private Investigator in Singapore?
by Singapore Best Private Investigators

Do you suspect your partner is cheating on you, or that your business partner is secretly doing something behind your back? Here are some tips on how a professional Private Investigator can help you and how much it costs to hire one.

A private investigator or detective is someone that is able to gather evidence on a subject through surveillance, background checks, or other legal means. This evidence can then be used by the client in the court to prove their cases such as child custody or divorce.

One might assume that hiring a private investigator is expensive and can only be used for criminal cases. However, a private investigation agency may be used for various corporate and personal reasons.

Some of these services may benefit the end user in uncovering crucial information to form a more informed decision.

Before you hire a private investigator, you must first check if they are licensed, and then their online reviews for credibility.

If you're interested in hiring a private investigator in Singapore, this article might help!

How to hire a Private Investigator

How to hire a Private Investigator

Do your work and research

There are many agencies available for you to choose which is why it becomes confusing. But reading reviews and testimonials about their previous works can help narrow down the most suitable ones. You will then have a better idea of their specialization, methodology, and reliability.

Ask for a referral

Aside from conducting your own research, asking for referrals from your family members or friends is another form of proven strategy. If you know someone who has engaged their services before, chances are they will give you their honest opinion.

SPF License

PI Agencies in Singapore require a license to operate. This license is different from that of a Private Investigator who is only licensed to conduct investigations for agencies on behalf of their clients. This means that no one PI can work "freelance" or solicit their own business and is considered an illegal practice in Singapore.


In-depth knowledge and experience are a must when looking to hire a PI agency. When you hire a private investigator, ask for details about his previous cases that are related to your case. This gives you a chance to see if they can handle a case similar to yours and if they have what it takes to get the job done.


PIs have access to some very sensitive and personal information of their clients, and often their family members too. As such, you need to make sure that your PI is absolutely discreet and respectful when it comes to the information shared between the two of you.

This is a list of things that you will have to look out for when hiring a PI agency in Singapore. However, we'd always recommend getting a second opinion before choosing the right agency to solve your case. You should always go for the PI agency that you're most comfortable with, and trust that they will accomplish the task given.

How much does it cost to hire a Private Investigator?

How much does it cost to hire a Private Investigator?

For general surveillance, most private investigation agencies charge an hourly rate. Hourly rates range from S$100 to S$200 per hour with an average beginning at around S$150 per hour.

The cost doesn't include accommodation and transportation. Some private investigation agencies charge for the cost of equipment used. Please ask about any extraneous charges of which you may be unaware.

For cases like background checks, bug sweeps, and locating persons most Singapore private investigators charge a flat fee ranging from S$1000 - S$5000. It is prudent to compare the charges and reliability of the agency across a number of firms. Singapore Private Investigation agency will often ask for a retainer or upfront cost.

It might be tempting to hire cheaper, less experienced private investigators, but an inexperienced private investigator could potentially lose the chances of obtaining crucial evidence.

Hiring a professional private investigator will be more likely to achieve a positive outcome for your case and save you money and worry.

Asia Top Investigation LLP believes in solving your case with the most efficient and cost-effective method. Using Artificial Intelligence (AI) Technology, and reducing unnecessary investigations to reduce the cost of investigations without compromising the quality of the case.

About Asia Top Investigation

About Asia Top Investigation

Established in 1990, Vincent has been in the private investigation industry since the 1990s. Over the years he has undertaken thousands of cases on Matrimonial and Commercial cases and is now leading one of the best private investigations agencies in Singapore, Asia Top Investigation.

Our private investigators are highly trained in using the latest evidence-gathering equipment. We conduct a broad range of work, such as Physical surveillance, Electronic surveillance, Background Checks, Locating missing people, Investigating, Adultery cases, and many more. All our private investigators are approved and licenses are issued by the Singapore Police Force (SPF)

​We are a results-driven, cutting-edge, full-service Private Investigation Agency, and over the years, we have built up a solid reputation based on integrity, quality, and experience.

Our partners, Private Investigator Vincent Tan, and Private Investigator Steven Tan have a combined private investigation experience of 45 years.

Vincent Tan is a certified International Private Investigator by the Council of International Investigators in 2011. He was awarded Asia Top Investigator by the American Biographical Institute in May 2012. This accolade recognizes Vincent Tan's expertise in handling sophisticated Matrimonial Investigations. Over the span of his 25 years in the private investigation field, he has solved thousands of cases, including several high-profile cases, giving his clients peace of mind.

He started his Private Investigation career with an International Private Investigation Agency under Mr. Lionel Chee (former Assistance Commissioner of Police) and Mr. Daniel A. Grove, who opened the first Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) office at the American Consulate in Hong Kong as well as Mr. Martin Soh, former Corrupt Practices Investigation Bureau (CPIB).

Steven Tan has trained more than 60 private investigators in the art of surveillance and evidence gathering both locally and internationally. He has built a good network of International private investigators.

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If you're looking for an experienced PI to help solve your case or if you need some advice on an ongoing case, you may contact Asia Top Investigation at or 📱 +65 8820 0007

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