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 […]

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 Virtual PI: Could the office be a thing of the past?


The traditional office is becoming an unnecessary overhead for some businesses and seems set to follow the Dodo bird into extinction. The concept that a successful private investigation business has to be a ‘bricks and mortar’ type business is continuously under challenge in this age of burgeoning internet technology. More and more investigations are being […]

You can trace anyone by using the internet, right?


Tracing and research is at the heart of all investigation work. The ability to find someone is an important part of any private investigator’s toolkit. For the PI, finding people, whether they are a witness in a court case or whether it’s because they owe someone money or maybe a desperate search for a long lost family […]

Probe Awarded SSAIB Certificate at ABI Seminar


Probe Investigations (UK) has been presented with a coveted SSAIB Certificate at a ceremony held by the Association of British Investigators (ABI) in September 2013. The event took place at the luxurious Heritage Motor Centre in Warwickshire, where Managing Director Peter Farrington was handed the award by the SSAIB’s Brian Nuttall. Plans to regulate and […]

Information Commissioner briefs Home Affairs Select Committee on PI investigation


On the 8th October 2013, the Information Commissioner Christopher Graham appeared before the Home Affairs Select Committee to answer questions about the ICO’s investigation into possible breaches of the Data Protection Act by clients of a group of rogue private investigators. The further evidence provided by the Commissioner followed a letter which Mr Graham had sent […]

SIA News: Regulation of UK Private Investigators


We are all aware that the Government are intent on ‘forcing through’ legislation as quickly as possible in respect of regulation of the private investigation industry – despite the fact that the issue has been pressing since 2001. It appears clear now that the SIA will be charged with overseeing and enforcing the legislation, to […]

PI Licensing – A white elephant in the making

Proposed licensing of private investigators within the UK is set to become nothing more than a ‘white elephant’ – according to recent talk within the industry. Many long established PIs that are currently operating within the UK are dubbing the long awaited regulation of the industry as nothing more than a ‘cash cow’ – a […]

Private investigators, Criminals: What’s the difference?


Something I find really disturbing is: despite the fact that the UK government has been caught out spying on their own citizens, their own allies, and just about anyone really, the press continue to ‘bleat on’ about criminal activity carried out by Private Investigators. You would think that they would have enough of a ‘bone […]

Is the PI industry out of control?


Is our industry really out of control or are we suffering from the effects of media hype? I lament the article in today’s Daily Telegraph entitled ‘Private detectives are out of control in Britain’. Although the article, written by Jake Wallis Simons, a well-respected journalist and author, is an effective piece of persuasive writing; for me, […]