Monday 14th May 2012 – 15.43
As mentioned already today North Court Investigations attended the Home Affairs Committee seminar in London. Present was Paul Woolwich who discussed the forthcoming television documentary, Watching the Detectives, which is being shown tonight on Channel 4 at 8.00pm.
Private detectives, together with the investigation industry, have been in the public eye for sometime now, since the revelations of the phone hacking scandal and the closing of the national Sunday tabloid the News of the World.
Mr Woolwich explained at the seminar today that tonights documentary is focused around two private investigation companies who were approached by a fictitious company requesting personal information. Both of the companies they approached were able to provide the required information which, Mr Woolwich said contained personal phone records and personal banking information.
Whilst there are companies out there that will provide this information, we at North Court Investigations are concerned that the documentary will tarnish our industry and bring it into dispute even more than it has already been. The phone hacking scandal highlighted the issues, but those involved within the scandal were just a tiny minority. It is estimated that there are some 10,000 private investigators working in the UK, and we believe 95% of those are acting within the law.
The industry does need some form of regulation now, not by 2020 as was suggested at the seminar attended today. The majority of private investigators are professionals and those who belong to one of the trade associations, such as the ABI, are proving that that they have nothing to hide and welcome regulation of the industry.
This evenings documentary, will we fear, focus only on the negative within the industry which we believe is wrong. We fully appreciate rouge investigators should not be allowed to work within the industry but it would also help the industry, as whole, if the program was to also highlight the positive side of the industry, which by far out weigh all the negatives.
Watching the Detectives Channel 4 tonight at 8.00pm.