Should UK private investigators be involved in asset tracing?


Should private investigators in the UK be undertaking asset traces? Some would suggest not. Due to the constantly changing landscape in respect of restrictions on access to personal data, legally acquiring detailed, useful and thus valuable information about private citizens within the UK, is steadily becoming unsustainable. For example: discovering ownership of vehicles is of [...]

Business Licensing – Revised Timetable


Just when you thought licensing for the private investigation industry was imminent, something happens to delay the process. As a result, we still seem to be no nearer implementing a system of regulation. The SIA released the following information on their website, which although refers to business rather than individual licensing, it shows the slow [...]

Tougher penalties for corporations who hire rogue PIs


The Information Commissioner (IC), Christopher Graham, is seeking unlimited fines for companies that are discovered breaching privacy laws. A recent article in the Independent newspaper states: “small penalties and ‘good lawyers’ make current law a poor deterrent for blue chips”. Are the suggested fines truly going to be unlimited – perhaps to the point of [...]

The Inkerman Group Receives Prestigious DBS Umbrella Body Accreditation

Bethany Samson, Inkerman Group Screening Manager

Inkerman Group Screening Limited has recently been awarded Umbrella Body Status by the DBS, joining the list of companies that can do Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) checks on behalf of businesses and organisations (formerly Criminal Records Bureau (CRB) checks. The DBS has very high standards and a robust process of application for this status [...]

Private investigators sentenced for unlawfully obtaining personal data

Six men who were part of a company that tricked organisations into revealing personal details about customers has today been sentenced for conspiring to breach the Data Protection Act. Adrian Stanton, 40, ran ICU Investigations Limited in Feltham, Middlesex with Barry Spencer, 41. The pair were convicted at an earlier hearing on Isleworth Crown Court [...]

Tracing people through their hobbies


Not everyone can be located at their home address. If the person you are trying to find has a common name and you do not know the area which they live in, then narrowing down your search via the electoral register can seem like an impossible task. A great alternative in these cases can be [...]

A spy in our midst – competitive intelligence or corporate espionage?

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Industrial or corporate espionage is spying which is carried out for commercial purposes rather than the more usual reasons of national security. This type of espionage generally occurs between companies or corporations. Many people think that the world of the corporate spook is restricted to the domain of the Hollywood blockbuster film or the book [...]

There’s no such thing as a free lunch…


There’s no such thing as a free lunch. That applies to most walks of life and the private investigation and information acquisition industry is no different. Good information seldom comes free and free information generally has a limited value. Many people mistake ‘publicly available information’ with ‘free information’, but there is a difference. Free information is exactly [...]

Asset stealth: hiding the family silver

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What is Asset Stealth? Asset stealth, asset protection or ‘hiding your money’ is nothing new. Taking steps to preserve your wealth is something that is probably older than the concept of money itself. It was common practice for sharecroppers during the ‘dark ages’ to hide a significant portion of their harvest to avoid some of [...]

How to handle ‘Gone Away’ trace subjects


As a PI or tracing agent when clients contact you about tracing someone, the first question you need to ask is: “what makes you sure that the person you are trying to find has moved from their address?” Generally the answer you will get is: letters are being returned marked ‘gone away’; ‘return to sender’; [...]