2011, A Challenging Year for Private Investigators


2011 started pretty much like any other year in recent times, with lots of enquiries and operations being undertaken for our clients, private, commercial and legal, with no real private investigator industry movements to note of major interest. This trend continued until a story was featured in The Guardian on the 4th July reporting that the News of The World has hacked Milly Dowler’s voicemail.

From this point on 2011 has been a somewhat challenging and interesting year for the private investigator industry, there have been ongoing investigations and a public enquiry into these types of activities and the spotlight has been thrust onto our professional sector like no time previously.

On a personal note Insight’s daily enquiries and requests for how to avoid phone hacking, calls and emails wanting to know if we offered hacking and the whole furore around it seemed to take up the majority of our time for a good couple of weeks until things had settled down slightly. Our Director Tony Smith, also Vice Chairman of the World Association of Private Investigators, was selected to give his thoughts and expert opinion by Radio 5 Live on the whole phone hacking scandal.

Both Insight, WAPI and even the Government have called for a look into the possibility of licensing the private investigator industry to ensure rogue investigators who quite happily offer illegal services are stamped out and indeed prosecuted for carrying out such activities. We shall watch with interest on this subject as we have long campaigned for the industry to be governed.

In November of this year we celebrated the 10 year anniversary of the World Association of Private Investigators with a day and night of conferences, banquets and celebration, with the focus on the law surrounding hacking, blagging and bugging to make it crystal clear to both private investigators and journalists where the issue stands by the letter of the law.

The final months of 2011 have seen a return to normaility however the public enquiry and debates rage on as more celebrities, victims of crime and such public figures have been revealed as victims of hacking and related activities. We can only do thing the right way as we have for over 30 years and continue to strengthen our own reputation and hope that others follow suit.

Insight Investigations would like to take this opportunity to wish all of our clients past, present and future a Happy New Year for 2012.