Private Investigation Law UK 


Part of a private investigators job often involves tracking an individual or group of individual’s whereabouts through covert operations. They may monitor their comings and goings, keep watch on their house and even place of work.. Furthermore, private investigators could use sophisticated technology or subversive means to try and locate an individual whose whereabouts are unknown or who have gone off-grid.


What many people do not know about private investigators, however, is that they have legal obligations and obide by law..     


What Tracking Can Private Investigators Use In The UK?

As mentioned above, private investigators and detectives can utilise a range of different methods to track an individual’s whereabouts. Some of these methods are listed below:


– GPS Tracking: This involves a GPS device being tagged to a vehicle or person which then sends data back to a GPS server about their movements and physical location.


– Word of mouth: This is the most basic and often effective method; simply speaking to relatives, friends and co-workers. People often divulge information unwittingly to a skilled private investigator. This can be a fantastic help in tracking someone down and/or monitoring their behaviour.


– Private databases: P.I’s and detectives have access to state of the art databases that provide up to date information about people’s whereabouts – tangible information that they can use to track someone down. This type of service is not readily available to the public as it is either too costly, or under certain restrictions to its access.

Skills and techniques such as the above are tricks of the trade and are developed during an investigator’s career. A private detective will use whatever legal means necessary to track an individual’s whereabouts and they usually have many tools at their disposal to achieve their ends, leading to a high success rate.  


Private Investigators in the UK cannot trace registration numbers or mobile phone whereabouts,  Its either illegal or a scam.either way avoid.


Check out the Law pages below.


Regulation of Investigatory Powers Act 2000
Investigatory Powers Act 2016