What Can A Private Investigator Do Legally In The UK

By Detective Agency - Private Investigator Carter-Ha, Mar 6 2018 10:32AM

Private Detective Overview

Increasing on-line crime has resulted in more and more people contacting with a Local Private Detective. To gather evidence. All Private Investigators are bound by strict Data Protection and operating boundaries. Here are some investigations that a local private investigator is allowed to conduct.

Cheating Partner Investigations

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Finding A Missing Person

Private investigators are permitted to search for people missing intentionally or unintentionally. So, long as a person’s family reports their loved one as missing because they have not communicated for long and they do not know where the person lives, a private detective can be hired to locate the person. On the other hand, a person can be reported as missing by a business partner or person they owed money. People relocate, change contact details and names to avoid paying huge debts. Other missing person investigations include but are not limited to; former tenants who did not clear rent arrears, a contractor who did poor work or disappeared without completing their work, a former spouse who refused to pay child support, an old friend or a lost family member.

Child support investigations

Before facing the tough reality of a split, parents are allowed to hire a private investigator to gather evidence that the other parent is not fit to raise a child on their own. The local private detective may also prove that the child may be unsafe or unhappy if custody is offered to the other parent. Judges consider the child’s best interest when ruling on custody cases.

Finding missing assets and property

It is common for people to hide some assets from their spouses or business partners, especially when undergoing divorce or business liquidation. In such scenarios, private investigators conduct asset and property searches to locate and sometimes value the hidden or undisclosed assets. Missing property or asset searches also prove relevant when filing for child support from a wealthy partner, when considering a business partnership with an unknown individual, and when vetting creditors.

Conducting background checks

A UK private investigator is hired by potential employers, future spouses, new business partners, divorcing partners and civil case participants to conduct background checks on individuals. Background checks put to light a person’s character, integrity level, financial status, credibility, criminal history and trustworthiness.


Though people have embraced the role played by private investigators, there are limits that the investigators cannot surpass. Their operation is governed by the law, and they are not allowed to trespass, make arrests or make a person feel insecure because they are being followed. We are bound fully by our ICO licence, all investigations are conducted within these guidlines and in a covert mannor.

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