The UK Private Investigation Law Regulations For Private Detective Stevenage in Hertfordshire

The UK Private Investigation Law Regulations For Private Detective Stevenage in Hertfordshire

The Government’s plan for the Security Industry Authority (SIA) to regulate private detective business was declared in 201 by the Home Secretary and includes Private Detective Stevenage in Hertfordshire. The Home Office announced in December 2014 that Government expects that the implementation of the initiation of the statutory certification of private investigation sector will become reality during the upcoming Parliamentary meeting, which began in May 2015. Even so, private investigations licenses have still not been introduced in the UK.
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. Continuously the SIA educate the public on the future regulation of private investigation services law and to work with the security industry revising the ‘Get Licensed’ standard to remain relevant. Also, the SIA will offer information on the probable dates once the Home Office settles on them.

Who will need 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 Private Detective Stevenage ( 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.
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
  • Employers, employees, supervisors, managers and directors of private investigation firms, coupled with their partners are part of these

Whether the Home Office will also want us to regulate ‘in-house’ private investigations is still unknown.
In the provisions of the Private Security Industry Act 2001, corporate bodies with a directorship, directors of parent companies, shadow directors, non-executive and executive directors are all regarded as “directors” alike.
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
  • expert activities of working solicitors and Barristers
  • professional activities of practicing accountants
  • professional services offered by journalists and newscasters, services to gather news by journalists and newscasters
  • activities that are only related to credit the public record registers; published works; and records or registers which somebody can rightfully access
  • actions taken with authorisation from the subject of the investigation or under their knowledge


Penalties for being involved in private investigations without licensing will be.

  • 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

When one supplies staff that is not licensed, the penalty will be.

  • If convicted by a Magistrate’s Court, Sheriff Court or District Court, a maximum sentence of six months in prison and/or a fine of £5,000.
  • having been convicted after prosecution at a Higher Court, Crown Court, Sheriff or a Justiciary and any trial involving a jury, the maximum penalty will be imprisonment for 5 months and / or fine that is unlimited ( at the discretion of the court)

License ready Private Detective Stevenage 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, contact us on 01438 850047 if you wish to have more information about Private Detective Stevenage that are operating in Stevenage and other local areas – Ingatetstone, Letchworth Garden City, Hertford and the remaining Hertfordshire 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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