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Oxnard Investigation Services
Your Private Investigator In Oxnard
Thanks for visiting our website. Western Investigations is a Private Investigator in Oxnard, Ca. and we specialize in the following services:
- Surveillance Investigations
- Infidelity / Cheating Spouse Investigations
- Workers Compensation Investigations
- Background Investigations
- Locating Missing Persons
As an Oxnard, Ca. private detective agency, our purpose is to provide our clients with information. People contact us because they have questions and our goal is simply answer those questions. We are experienced, having been in this business for nearly 20 years. Our service is also creative, professional and we stay extremely motivated to accomplish the goal of each investigation. This principle, of providing answers to questions, starts right here on our website.
The purpose of our website is also to provide answers to the 2 most commonly asked questions people ask when calling our office:
- How does the process of hiring a private investigator work?
- How much does it cost to hire a private investigator?
Hiring a Private Investigator. How it works.
The first step is for you to pick up the phone and call our office. We will answer you call. When you call, you will speak to an actual licensed private investigator in Oxnard, Ca. who will be able to answer your questions. Once we get to know the unique circumstances of your case and identify exactly what your goals are for the investigation, we will map out an investigative strategy. Now obviously, the exact investigation strategy that we employ will vary from case to case depending on the circumstances and the client’s objective. However, despite the fact that every case is different, there are still many common denominators that are used on most investigations.
With most cases, our clients will purchase a block of surveillance or general investigation hours. Usually the client will purchase between 20 – 25 hours of surveillance. That may seem like a long time, however, real private detective work is not like what people see on TV. A block of 20 – 25 hrs spread out over the course of 1 – 2 weeks is a relatively small snap shot of the subject’s life. Those hours are used in increments (usually 4 – 5 hr. increments) over the course of 1 – 2 weeks. Over the 20 years that we have been conducting private investigation work in Oxnard, Ca. we have found that we are more effective when we apply the surveillance hours in brief increments over a longer period of time. Having said that, we occasionally work cases that require us to spend 2 consequative 12 hr days of surveillance. Our approach is flexible and we allow our clients to control the surveillance schedule. Any effective Private Investigator in Oxnard, Ca. realizes that the client has more knowledge of the subject’s personal life then we do and therefore, the client should have the say as to when surveillance starts and stops.
During the course of surveillance, our office will keep the client updated on a “real time” basis. As the surveillance investigation proceeds in Oxnard, Ca. or any surrounding city, the client is kept updated with status reports. This free flow of information on a real time basis dramatically improves the quality of the investigation. Surveillance can be discontinued or we can stay on the case based on the direction received from the client. We have found that the free flow of information before, during and after the days surveillance helps our office provide a better service and accomplish the objectives of the investigation. And, upon request, at the conclusion of our investigation, our office will provide our clients with a professional, well written report as well as photos from the surveillance and the video burned on to a DVD. And we do not charge for the photos or the DVD.
How much does it cost to hire a private investigator in Oxnard, Ca.?
This is a common question we are asked when customers call our office. Our goal is to provide you with an honest answer and make you aware of any additional charges that clients may not have thought about until after receiving the bill from the P.I. It’s important that the client ask about these items below and more importantly request a written contract that specifies all potential services and the rates before proceeding with the Oxnard Private Investigator.
- The vast majority of private investigators bill by the hour. The going rate for a private detective is between $95 – $135 per hour.
- Most private investigators also bill a mileage or fuel charge of approximately .60 cents per mile.
- Most P.I.’s charge a 4 hour minimum for any day of surveillance.
- Travel time to and from the surveillance location is typically billable. Make sure that the investigator is local.
- Report writing time is occasionally charged.
- GPS usage is typically charged on a weekly rate of $350.
At Western Investigations, our rates are on the low end of the spectrum above. We only charge .25 cents per mile which
basically covers the investigators fuel. If our client pays for a “block” of hours, we wave the 4 hour daily minimum fee. Travel time is compensable at our office, however, we are local and travel time is typically very minimal for Oxnard, Ca. investigations. We do not charge for video to a dvd, no charge for photos emailed to our clients. We do not charge for an “informal report”, however, if the client request a formal investigations report on our letter head with photos inserting into the body of the report, we charge a 1 hr. fee.
We believe in transparency and keeping our clients aware. We have no interest or desire to surprise our clients with a bill they were not expecting. Our office puts everything in writing and wants our clients to be happy with our results and also believe that our bill was fair and reasonable.
Call our office today and speak to a real Oxnard Private Detective who will listen to your situation and give you the direction you are looking for.
Call now. An investigator is standing by. We answer our phones during regular business hours AND after hours / weekends.