Detective Agency/Private Investigator
- Price: £5.99
- Published: August 2011
- Type: Business Opportunity Profile
- Format: PDF
- What qualifications and skills are required for this business?
- What are the key market issues and trends?
- What are the main trading issues?
- Further information
A detective agency provides private investigation services to a wide range of clients including private individuals, commercial businesses such as solicitors, insurance firms, and banks, and local authorities. Typical areas of investigation include debt recovery, missing persons, marital infidelity, and fraud. Detective agency investigators carry out traces, background checks and surveillance, gather photographic, video and audio evidence, take witness statements, and serve legal notices. Most detective agencies are run by self-employed private investigators who may subcontract work to one another in order to conduct wider investigations.
Plans to introduce a licensing system for private investigators in England and Wales have been put on hold until at least 2012, and there is no specific regulation of the industry in the rest of the UK. However, many of the typical activities of a detective agency are regulated, and it will be important to ensure that the business operates lawfully and that evidence gathered is admissible in court. In addition, the various professional bodies require their members to adhere to strict ethical codes.
This profile provides information about starting up a detective agency. It describes the skills required, the training available, the current market trends and some of the key trading issues. It also identifies some of the main legislation that must be complied with and provides sources of further information.
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