Are Private Investigators Worth It?

Are Private Investigators Worth It?

POSTED July 30, 2023
BY Matt Aubin

Matt is both the company founder and a nationally renowned private investigator. Matt is an intelligence specialist who excels in detecting and preventing the illegal interception of communications and in providing high-tech covert surveillance. Matt has years of hands on experience in the investigation industry and has developed a reputation for incorporating state of the art technology and innovative ideas to provide effective solutions for his clients. Matt also serves as Treasurer for the Executive Board of Directors of FALI, The Florida Association of Licensed

There are a lot of reasons why people hire private investigators. You may have a spouse that is cheating or an ex that has started seeing someone and is still accepting alimony payments. You may also simply need a background check on someone. Whatever the case may be, gathering information and evidence is extremely difficult to do on your own. Not only is it hard without the right kind of expertise but it can also land you in legal trouble. If you need surveillance, help lowering alimony, support with a child custody case, help finding a missing person, or anything else that requires an in-depth investigation, consider hiring a professional private investigator. For the best investigator in the area, contact Southern Recon Agency.

Southern Recon Agency provides outstanding, professional investigation services that are discreet, thorough, and effective. We are experts at gathering evidence, as well as looking into missing persons cases.

You may still be wondering what it is that private investigators do, what services they provide, and if private investigators are worth it. Below is more information about what services private investigators provide and why you should consider hiring a private investigator.

What is a Private Investigator?

A private investigator (sometimes referred to as a “P.I.” or “private eye”) is an investigator that gathers evidence to help resolve an issue their client is having. Sometimes this is for private matters (like cheating), while other times it is for legal matters. Private investigators are able to gather evidence using legal skills, techniques, and resources that most people don’t have access to.

If you have an upcoming case that you need evidence for or you need a private matter resolved, you’ll want to consider contacting Southern Recon Agency.

What Do Private Investigators Do?

There are a lot of different services that private investigators provide. This may include finding a missing person, discovering infidelity, aiding in custody or alimony battles, and more. They are able to gather video, photos, and other forms of evidence. Many professional private investigators also have access to industry resources, specialized software, security clearance, and more. They also have the skill set required to get the job done.

Keep in mind that private investigators do not get involved with cases in which law enforcement is involved. They stick to cases that involve civil law.

How Much Do Private Investigators Charge?

How much a private investigator will charge depends on a few factors. Some private investigators simply charge more than others. If there are specialized services required, an investigator will also charge a higher rate. These services include forensics, cyber investigation, and more. For general services, you may expect to pay around $75-$125 an hour. For more specialized services, the rate may be around $150-$350 per hour.

For more information about the costs of hiring a private investigator, reach out to Southern Recon Agency. We’d be happy to discuss services and estimated costs with you.  

Are Private Investigators Worth It?

Yes! Private investigators are able to uncover information most private citizens cannot. Not only do they have access to additional resources, but they also have a skill set most people don’t. Private investigators are licensed, and they know what is legal and what isn’t. Hiring a private investigator increases the chances of you getting the evidence and information you need without getting into legal trouble.

If you would like more information about why you should hire a private investigator, contact us today. We’d be happy to walk you through the reasons you should hire Southern Recon Agency for your investigation.

Hire a Licensed Investigator

This is extremely important. Private investigation isn’t an “underground” industry. It is well-regulated. You will want to make sure you hire an investigator that has the appropriate documentation, along with the right knowhow. Southern Recon Agency has all of the required licenses to practice private investigation. You don’t have to worry about getting into legal trouble hiring our team. We know how to work within the confines of the law while still getting you outstanding results.

What Services Do Private Investigators Provide?

There are a lot of different services that private investigators are able to provide. Below are some of the services we offer at Southern Recon Agency:


Southern Recon Agency provides surveillance services for those that suspect elderly abuse, a cheating spouse, fraud, or any other incidents that require proof. These issues require evidence to be properly addressed. Southern Recon Agency provides this proof in the form of video evidence, photo evidence, and other forms of evidence that hold up to scrutiny. The proof we provide not only helps with private matters but also with legal matters.

Alimony Reduction

It’s important to pay your alimony. With that said, your ex may no longer require it. They may have moved on and married someone else. Even if they aren’t married, they may be financially stable and supported by someone. If this is the case, you may no longer need to pay your alimony. This is great news…if your ex lets you know. If you suspect your ex is receiving alimony and breaking your agreement or court order, you may be able to get the alimony terminated. With that said, you’ll want proof. Southern Recon Agency will help you to gather evidence to support your claim that your ex is no longer following the terms of your alimony agreement.

Missing Persons Investigation

If you have a loved one that has disappeared or run away, you may have done everything in your power to find them so far. You have searched, filed a report, and gotten no results. Another option you may not have considered is hiring a professional investigator. Private investigators have access to nationwide search databases and provide “boots on the ground” services that often exceed those provided by local police.

You may also have an ex that is avoiding child support. Southern Recon Agency will aid in the search for your ex.

Contact Southern Recon Agency Today!

If you are in need of a private investigator, reach out to Southern Recon Agency today!


Mark A., Tampa, FL | Attorney, 16 years

I have worked with Southern Recon on several investigations. He is an excellent investigator who always gets the job done no matter how complex or dangerous the situation. His fees are very reasonable and he usually puts in more hours than he gets paid for in order to make sure he does a professional job. I highly recommend Southern Recon Agency.

Tina G., Ontario, Canada

Matt provided me with superior service. He handled my investigation in a very professional manner and was always available for me 24/7. He helped solve my case and provided me with accurate evidence proving the suspicion of my husband’s infidelity. I highly recommend his services. Words cannot express the gratitude I have for his services!

Chris G., Tampa, Fl

I requested a background investigation on person that I was looking to conduct business with. I corresponded with the professionals at the Agency over email and the telephone. At no time, was I confused or concern about the process of this investigation. The process was thoroughly explained. Matt Aubin potentially saved me thousands of dollars by giving me an accurate understanding of who I was looking to do business with. Needless to say, I will not be conducting any business with this individual. I am extremely grateful for the work performed by Matt and the agency. It was worth every penny. The level of service provided exceeded my expectations.

Donnie C., Orlando, Fl

These folks are professional and will get results for you quickly. They are not the run of the mill grinding hours for billing people that often fill this profession. Thanks!