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The world has shrunk considerably in the past 100 years as we all know. Not the planet itself of course, that may well be the same diameter as it has always been, but relative to time. The shrinkage probably started when the first steamships plied the world’s oceans, making the building of the Suez Canal […]

Tracking Council Tax Debt

It’s the end of the financial year, and also the time when new council tax bills are sent out by local authorities. But for many councils, they’ll still be owed thousands of pounds from last year that should be getting spent on public services. There are a number of legal options available to councils, including […]

Finding people through Facebook

Spend five minutes on Facebook these days and you’ll likely see a series of similar posts. Baby photos, political memes and competitions are commonplace. Unfortunately, you’re also likely to see a shared picture of someone who has gone missing. It’s unsurprising. People go missing more often than you think, and Facebook’s massive network, for better […]

TV Detectives

Dramas that feature private detectives are rarely missing from our TV schedules. Right now on BBC1 we have Strike in the evening and Shakespeare and Hathaway in the afternoon. Okay, the latter is presented as a mix of comedy and drama but it is still built around the idea of private detectives solving crimes which […]

How investigators can help you with debtors

No matter the size of your company, if you’re owed money for a service you’ve provided then you’ll want prompt payment – especially as we approach what will be the end of the financial year for a number of businesses. So, when a debtor starts getting evasive and becomes harder to contact, it can be […]

Waiting for regulation, and avoiding poor service

Back in July 2013, then-Home Secretary Theresa May announced plans to introduce regulation to the private investigation industry. Finally, it was to become a criminal offence to operate as an unlicensed investigator, and customers would be safe from those who could exploit them by setting up a poor quality, or even a fake, investigation agency. […]

Dealing With Insurance Fraud

Because all too many people have come to regard insurance companies as “fair game” when it comes to making a spurious or exaggerated insurance claim, the insurance industry has to use every means at its disposal to defend itself. In doing so, it is also defending the majority of honest policyholders against ever increasing premiums. […]

Fighting False Injury Claims Against A Council

According to the adverts you can now see anywhere, making a claim for injury that’s not your fault is a piece of cake. And in the modern world, where so many are looking for shortcuts to big money, it’s not surprising that false claims are often made. One of the easiest targets? The local council. […]

Criminal Defence & Preventing Miscarriages Of Justice

This week, a student from Oxford University who was awaiting trial for rape has had his charges dropped just before he was due in court. The reason? New evidence that was uncovered which supported his case, which caused the prosecution to withdraw. This is the fourth such case in the past couple of months where […]

More History…. Pinkerton’s

Following on from our brief look at some early private detectives in Britain and France, what about the United States? There, the history of private detective services is really the history of one agency. No, not Perry Mason or Magnum P.I, but the real-life detective agency, Pinkerton’s. Founded in Chicago in 1855 by Allan Pinkerton, […]