Regulatory Measures on UK Private Investigations to Private Detectives Southampton of Hampshire

Regulatory Measures on UK Private Investigations to Private Detectives Southampton of Hampshire

The government through the Home Secretary in 2013 indicated it plans to mandate the Security Industry Authority (SIA), under which Private Detectives Southampton in Hampshire falls, with the task of regulating private investigation services. In the month of December 2014, the government through the Home Office announced plans to have statutory licenses for private instigations come into effect at the earliest possible opportunity in the next session of parliament that was to commence in May of 2015. As of now, private investigation services licensing has not commenced.
Collaborations between the Home Office which is saddled with the task of introducing the private investigation sector regulation and the SIA will be upheld. 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. When the Home Office agrees with the SIA on the date of launch, the SIA will give us the update.

Who is the licensing for? (

Private Detectives Southampton can give information about the Private Security Industry Act of 2001 which outlines private investigations activities that are licensable and will point out where to get private investigator training towards gaining a license. For the list to remain updated, the Home Office will review the description as laid out in the act. The Home Office is, therefore, the right place to go for any clarifications on whether any security service is licensable or not.
Private investigators and private detectives will, according to the Act, require an SIA certification if there are any investigations, surveillance or inquiries being done for the reason of.

  • collecting information on a specific individual or the location or activities of a specific individual
  • Getting information about the situations in which, or means by which, property has been damaged or lost. Anyone involved in providing dwindled 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.
For the purposes of the Private Security Industry Act 2001, the term “director” refers to the executive, and non-executive directors, parent company directors, shadow directors and corporate entities holding a directorship.
The Act provides that a license will not be needed for these activities.

  • activities conducted entirely for market research purposes
  • activities conducted entirely for the purposes of a credit check
  • professional services offered by lawyers and advocates
  • expert activities of practising accountants
  • professional services offered by journalists and newscasters, services to gather news by journalists and newscasters
  • activities particularly relating to reference to registers which are open to the public; records or registers at which a person has a right of access; and published works
  • undertakings conducted with prior consent and knowledge of the activity being gained and communicated to the subject


If one is caught offering private investigation services without a license they will be charged as follows.

  • If found guilty by a Magistrate’s Court, Sheriff Court or District Court, a maximum sentence of six months in prison and a fine of £5,000

The sanction for supplying unregistered staff will be.

  • upon the immediate judgment of a Magistrate’s Court, District Court or Sheriff Court, a maximum sanction of six months imprisonment and/or a fine of up to £5,000
  • A fine of unlimited degree or a five years imprisonment will be given when the person is convicted upon indictment at a Sheriff and jury trial, High Court of Justiciary or a Crown Court

We are happy and excited to inform you that Private Detectives Southampton licence ready, having successfully completed all the requisite training and passed all exams and criteria set to be ready for licensing. What this implies to our current and future clients is that there will be no disruption of services during the shift.
Please, contact us on 023 8020 0128 if you wish to have more information about Private Detectives Southampton that are operating in Southampton and other local areas – Ingatetstone, Hillyfields, Nursling and the remaining Hampshire locations included. Or you are invited to visit our site to view all our services and read about the great experiences of our existing clients.

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