The ABI is constantly warning HM Government about the risks members of the public, particularly when in the most desperate and vulnerable situations, face when unwittingly fall prey to the unscrupulous opportunists masquerading as 'Private Investigators'.
The ABI sets the highest industry standards and robustly enforces its strict Code of Ethics & Professional Standards but it can only do so by regulating the carefully selected and vetted well disciplined membership of this professional body.
The public and commerce run huge risks, not least on reputation by engaging unregulated and unaccountable rogues such as that identified in the sad story told in the article below when a member of the public unwittingly engaged someone masquerading as a PI. The 'rogue trader', Simon Paul Delow, pictured below, who was disqualified from holding any company directorships for 10 years in 2008 by Lincoln Crown Court, pleaded guilty to fraud in the case reported below and was on 27 October 2017 sentenced to 10 years imprisonment.
A mother whose son died in France says she feels huge anger towards a private investigator who she says conned her family out of twenty thousand pounds.
Julie Sheppard, who's originally from Durham, is speaking out to warn others of the potential pitfalls of hiring independent detectives.
She says she was vulnerable and desperate when she turned to Simon Delow to help her find answers about her son Andrew's death.
Full article & source: ITV
Update: Nottinghamshire Police