The reputation of the private investigation industry has taken some knocks over the last couple of years, from illegal recordings to corruption in the media and the phone hacking scandal.
What can the Private Investigations industry expect in 2015 and what can be done to restore the publics faith and trust?
While much talk has been made of the subject of licensing and regulation in the industry as we now enter 2015 there remains no regulatory system in place for private investigators or detectives in the UK. Nor has the promised licensing system that the UK government said would be introduced by the end of 2014 happened, and looks unlikely to happen in the short term.
It should be said that the industry as a whole exists as there is a market for its services and clients who need help and that the vast majority of private investigators and investigation agencies operate legally and would never be involved in hacking voice-mails or lying in order to gain private information.
Trusted agencies are hired regularly by Local councils and sometimes even local police authorities as it is a cost effective was of achieving results.
There are also times when investigators are hired to re-open or reinvestigate cases which were previously handed by the police by the victims – as an investigator will have more time to dedicate to single investigations.
Private Detectives are also often called up to find evidence of criminal activity in corporate investigations where the lack of initial hard evidence would mean police interest would be doubtful.
So what exactly does a Private Investigator do ‘legally’ in 2015?
Well as outlined on our website We do a large variety of things for a wide range of clients. From tracing a debtor or a missing person to tracking down witness’ to accidents. We are often employed to verify a prospective employee’s CV or background or by corporate clients to investigate misuse of time and resources in the workplace.
Our business, the Private Detectives Corporation, has been established for over 20 years and has provided professional and compassionate private detective and investigation services to individuals and businesses alike throughout that time.
Clients that we work for range from FTSE100 companies through to small businesses, solicitors, legal firms and the general public and we treat each and every enquiry we receive in the strictest of confidence and operate in full accordance with the guidelines of the Data Protection Act of 1998.
We look forward to the coming year and whatever it brings and wish all our clients old and new a very prosperous 2015!