UK Private Investigation Regulations to Private Detective Newport in Gwent

UK Private Investigation Regulations to Private Detective Newport in Gwent

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 Newport in Gwent. In December 2014, another announcement was made by the Home Office saying that the Government expects the establishment of a statutory licensing of private inspection activities to come into force as quickly as possible during the next Parliamentary session, which started in May 2015. As of now, private investigation services licensing has not commenced.
The SIA will continue to work with the Home Office, which has the authority for presenting the management of the private examination sector. 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. Also, the SIA will offer information on the probable dates once the Home Office settles on them.

Who is the licensing for? (

Private Detective Newport 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. 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
  • collecting information on the circumstances through which, or causes leading to damage or loss of property. All persons engaging in the provision of services that are in line with private investigations will need to be licenced
  • These persons will include staff, supervisors, managers, owners, partners and directors of companies involved in private investigations

Whether we would be allowed by the Home Office to also regulate the private investigations that happen “in house” is still in doubt.
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.
The following activities will not need a licence as per the Act.

  • activities that are meant for market research alone
  • services to determine credit worthiness
  • practicing barristers and solicitors’ professional activities
  • professional services offered by accountants
  • professional undertakings by journalists and broadcasters, and actions solely connected to gathering information for use in broadcasting and journalism
  • services offered to the public contained in open registers; registers or documents fully accessible to individuals; and material that has been made public
  • actions taken with authorisation from the subject of the investigation or under their knowledge


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

  • 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

Charges for engaging unlicensed personnel 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.
  • 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

License ready Private Detective Newport we are happy to declare that we have taken all the recommended training and have passed all the standards and tests and are now available for the license. 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.
If you desire to get more information about Private Detective Newport, which is domiciled in Newport and which covers the entire Gwent, Ebbw Vale/Glyn Ebwy, Cwmbran/Cwmbrân, and Risca, contact us on 01633 560105. 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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