Why Private Investigators Have an Undeserved Reputation

The call for a professional and official regulatory body for private investigators is once again in the press. Sadly, despite backing from many private investigation agencies, until such a body exists, the opportunity is there for rogue operators to bring the entire profession into disrepute. All it takes is one rotten apple to do things outside of the law and it gives a bad reputation to the profession and the industry. As it stands in this country anybody can call themselves a ‘Private Investigator’ without any training or qualifications, or even experience for that matter. This means someone whose only experience is juvenile courts and a bit of breaking and entering can trade as a private investigator and charge for an illegal service, getting results by breaking the law.

The story has come to light yet again with the News of the World phone hacking scandal that led to the paper being closed down. A private investigator working for the paper was jailed for intercepting missing 13-year old Milly’s voicemail in the scandal, and reports now confirm that the News of the World were let off with this practice for years. You can read more about this in this article in The Guardian.

Professional private investigation agencies however will always work completely within the law to get the results you need, with completely legal means of gathering information and evidence so it can stand rigorous cross examination in court. We’ve spoken before about the call for a regulatory body for the private investigation agency in our blog post, and the things you should look for when hiring a private investigation firm, such as:

  • A physical address you can visit, NOT A PO BOX
  • Trade Association Memberships
  • Landline Telephone Number, NOT A MOBILE NUMBER
  • Registered Company Details
  • Range of Payment Methods Accepted, NOT CASH ONLY. Professional companies will accept card payments and other payment methods, they will not solely accept cash in person

In an unregulated industry plagued with inexperienced and unprofessional investigators, there is no substitute for experience, and combined with the latest technology, an understanding of human nature and an understanding of current laws, Insight are able to provide one of the UK’s leading services in the private investigation industry. If you are looking to hire a private investigator for a problem, no matter how sensitive or complex, we can help. Call us free today on 0800 14 55 123 for a professional, reliable and efficient service from industry experts with over 100 years combined experience.