Surveillance, Investigation & Security Consulting Services Industry Profile

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Companies in this industry provide investigation and detective services. Major firms include US-based FTI Consulting, Allied Universal, Kroll, and Sterling.

Because of the global nature of business operations, investigation firms frequently operate in multiple countries. Multinational clients may seek providers with local expertise in numerous jurisdictions. Demand for investigation services is expected to rise annually by 3.6% to reach $263 billion in 2024. China and India are anticipated to have the strongest growth and will account for about 40% during 2019 to 2024, according to the Freedonia Group.

The US surveillance, investigation, and security consulting industry includes about 4,200 establishments (single-location companies and units of multi-location companies) with combined annual revenue of about $5.9 billion.


Demand is driven by the needs of businesses, nonprofit institutions, and government agencies for outside advice on risk assessment and mitigation. The profitability of individual firms depends on the efficiency of their operations and their ability to maintain a steady flow of business. Large firms have advantages in being able to offer broad ranges of services and to take on more complex projects. Small firms can compete effectively by specializing. The US industry is concentrated: the top 50 firms account for about 60% of industry revenue.


Major services include background investigations related to employment, as well as legal investigations services, corporate investigations, and insurance investigations.

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