Regulation of UK Private Detectives For Private Investigators Taunton in Somerset

Regulation of UK Private Detectives For Private Investigators Taunton in Somerset

In 2013, the Home Secretary made an announcement of the Government’s target for the Security Industry Authority (SIA) to manage private inspection activities which include Private Investigators Taunton in Somerset. The Home Office, in December 2014 announced that the government would enforce the law requiring private investigation services to be licensed in the course of the upcoming Parliamentary session which was to open in May of 2015. As of now, private investigation services licensing has not commenced.
The Home Office has the obligation to implement the regulation of the private detectives’ activities and SIA will keep on coordinating with it. Before the commencement date of regulation, the SIA will be in constant engagement with players in the security sector to be up to date on the “Get Licenced” criteria while continuing to widely share more details in the proposed private investigation regulations. Immediately the SIA arrives at a conclusion with the Home Office about possible timings, this would be revealed too.

Who are those who require a licence? (

Private Investigators Taunton warn private investigator without a license will be in trouble once the licensing comes into force and the activities of private investigations that could be licensed are explained by the Private Security Industry Act 2001. In order to keep that definition updated, the Home Office plans to review it. That means that any questions about the particularities of the activities that will be licensable in the coming times should be addressed to the Home Office.
Private investigators that will be required to get an SIA license the Act states are those who carry out shadowing, questionings or searching to.

  • Collecting information about a specific person or about the activities or whereabouts of a specific person
  • gaining information about the background, or means in which and by which property has been harmed or lost. A certification will be obligatory for anyone that is offering contracted private investigation services
  • These persons will include staff, supervisors, managers, owners, partners and directors of companies involved in private investigations

There is no confirmation yet as to whether the Home Office also intends to come up with regulations for internal private investigations.
According to the Private Security Industry Act of 2001, the term director refers to non executive as well as executive directors along with directors of a parent company, shadow directors and even corporate bodies that have directorship.
The Act provides that a license will not be needed for these activities.

  • activities particularly for the purposes of market research
  • credit check related activities
  • practicing barristers and solicitors’ professional activities
  • professional work engaged in by accountants
  • professional engagements of broadcasters and journalists and other activities used to gather information for them
  • undertakings entirely associated to records which are accessible to the public; documents to which an individual can access as well as published works
  • undertakings conducted with prior consent and knowledge of the activity being gained and communicated to the subject


When one works as a private investigator without the necessary license, he will be given the following penalties.

  • The biggest punishment of six months imprisonment and / or a fine no bigger than £5,000, after summary conviction at a Magistrate’s Court, Sheriff Court or District Court

The sanction for supplying unregistered staff will be.

  • A fine of £5,000 or a maximum penalty of six months imprisonment is given when the person is convicted by a Sheriff Court, District Court or a Magistrates Court.
  • If found guilty at Crown Court, High Court of Justice or Sheriff and jury trial, an unlimited fine and/or a sentence of up to five years in prison

License ready Private Investigators Taunton is pleased to declare that we have attended the required training and have passed all the examinations and standard and is now license ready. For our existing clients and prospective customers this can only be exciting news as our operations will be uninterrupted and it will be business as usual.
Please give us a call on 01823 390030 if you are interested in finding out more about Private Investigators Taunton who is located in Taunton and covers local areas including, Burnham-on-Sea, Hastings, Chard, and the rest of Somerset. You can also view our services and get more information and reviews from our current customers by visiting

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