Regulatory Measures on UK Private Investigations to Private Investigator Richmond Upon Thames of Greater London

Regulatory Measures on UK Private Investigations to Private Investigator Richmond Upon Thames of Greater London

The government through the Home Secretary in 2013 indicated it plans to mandate the Security Industry Authority (SIA), under which Private Investigator Richmond Upon Thames in Greater London 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.
The SIA and the Home Office continue to work together since the latter is responsible for regulating private investigations. The SIA will cooperate with the safety industry to keep the “Get Licensed” criteria up to date while they wait for regulation to begin and they will keep on publishing at large additional information about the suggested regulation of private detectives. Information on likely timings will also be provided by the SIA once these are agreed with the Home Office.

Who will need a licence? (

Private Investigator Richmond Upon Thames 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. The Home Office plans to evaluate this explanation to make sure that it remains suitable for the aim. Therefore, it is recommended to consult Home Office to get the answer for questions relating to whether particular activities will be licensable in future.
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.

  • gaining information about a specific person or about that specific person’s location or activities
  • gather the details about the conditions upon which properties were lost or damaged A license will be needed by any person who carries out private investigation services under contract
  • Employers, employees, supervisors, managers and directors of private investigation firms, coupled with their partners are part of these

The Home Office has not made it clear whether ‘in-house’ private investigations should also be licensed.
As used in the Private Security Industry Act, “director” is anyone who is an executive or non executive director in a company, a shadow director, parent company director or corporate entity holding a director’s position.
The following acts, as stated in the Act, will not be needing a license.

  • services only concentrating on market research
  • activities particularly concerned with 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 with direct link to reference to registers accessible to the public, published works, and records and registers which a person is authorised to access
  • actions taken with authorisation from the subject of the investigation or under their knowledge


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

  • upon the instant judgment at a Magistrate’s Court, District Court or Sheriff Court, a maximum punishment of six months imprisonment and/or a fine of up to £5,000

Sanctions for providing for unlicensed personnel 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.
  • An unlimited fine and / or no more than five years imprisonment, after conviction on indictment at Crown Court, High Court of Justiciary or Sheriff and jury trial

Certified Private Investigator Richmond Upon Thames is glad to declare that we have fulfilled all the criteria and tests and that we have done the required training and we are now license ready. All our current and future customers will benefit from this, as we intend to carry out a transition that will not disrupt our day to day business activities.
Please give us a call on 020 3292 0343 if you are interested in finding out more about Private Investigator Richmond Upon Thames who is located in Richmond upon Thames and covers local areas including, Ham, Cole Park, North Sheen, and the rest of Greater London. Yu can also visit our website at for more details on our services and a good read on what our customers say about their experience with us.

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