Regulation of UK Private Investigations For Glasgow Private Detectives in City of Glasgow

Regulation of UK Private Investigations For Glasgow Private Detectives in City of Glasgow

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 Glasgow Private Detectives in City of Glasgow. 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. However, the licensing of private examiners is yet to be executed.
The onus to see this law of regulating of private investigation services enforced falls on the Home Office who will do this through the SIA. The SIA have stated that In order to update the ‘Get Licensed’ criteria they will engage with the security industry in advance of the regulation date, and we will continue to promote widely the information about the proposed regulation of the private examinations. 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? (

Are private investigators licensed? The services offered by private investigators needing a licence are described by the Private Security Industry Act 2001 details of which are available from Glasgow Private Detectives ( For the list to remain updated, the Home Office will review the description as laid out in the act. It is the Home Office that can clarify if some other particular activities will receive licensing in the coming years.
The provisions of the ACT is that a SIA license will be necessary for private investigators involved in investigations, surveillance and inquiries that are meant to.

  • Collecting information about a specific person or about the activities or whereabouts of a specific person
  • gathering details on the manner or how possessions went missing or destroyed, investigators who offer private investigation services will need a license
  • Included in this group are workers, business owners, managers, supervisors, directors and shareholders in a private investigation firm

Whether the Home Office will also want us to regulate ‘in-house’ private investigations is still unknown.
Director, for the purposes of the Private Security Industry Act 2001, means executive and non-executive directors, parent firm directors and business institutions that have directorship.
Services not required to be licensed as per the Act include.

  • activities particularly for the purposes of market research
  • activities that have the sole intention to provide a credit check
  • professional services offered by lawyers and advocates
  • professional services offered by accountants
  • professional engagements of broadcasters and journalists and other activities used to gather information for them
  • activities with direct link to reference to registers accessible to the public, published works, and records and registers which a person is authorised to access
  • undertakings conducted with prior consent and knowledge of the activity being gained and communicated to the subject


The sanction for working as an unregistered private examiner will be.

  • having been convicted at a District Court, Sherriff’s Court or a Magistrate’s Court, the maximum penalty will be imprisonment for 6 months and / or fine not exceeding 5000 pounds

Sanctions for providing for unlicensed personnel 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

We are happy and excited to inform you that Glasgow Private Detectives licence ready, having successfully completed all the requisite training and passed all exams and criteria set to be ready for licensing. 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.
For more information regarding Glasgow Private Detectives in Glasgow and the surrounding areas of Dalbeth, Acre, Cadder and the rest of City of Glasgow, please contact us on 0141 447 0042. You can also view our services and get more information and reviews from our current customers by visiting

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