SPECIALISED achieves successful certification to the revised version of BS 102000

SPECIALISED achieves successful certification to the revised version of BS 102000

What is the significance of BS 102000?

“It is vital we have proper regulation of private investigators to ensure rigorous standards in this sector and the respect of individual’s rights to privacy”
(Theresa May, 2013)

In the absence of mandatory regulation, reputable investigative companies will demonstrate compliance and promote best practice by choosing voluntary certification, by UKAS-accredited bodies, to sector-specific standards. British Standard 102000 is the Standard in the private investigation profession.

The private investigation industry is no different to any other profession; unscrupulous investigators exist. The facts are sobering:

  • There is no legal requirement for private investigators to take any competence-based qualification.
  • The absence of mandatory licensing means Disclosure & Barring Service (DBS) checks, formerly known as Criminal Record Bureau checks, are not required to work as a private investigator.
  • A Freedom of Information request submitted to the Information Commissioner’s Office by Specialised Investigation Services Ltd revealed that during the period 2014-17 a total of 7 private investigators were convicted of breaches of data protection legislation.

The smart companies recognise the best way to predict the future of the private investigation profession is to help shape it. Specialised sits at the vanguard of best investigative practice and asks only one thing of its clients in return; that we are judged not merely on our results, but also how we have achieved them.

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Personal Injury Surveillance – The Definitive Guide


Expert Sam Greer examines the insurance industry’s use of surveillance in personal injury claims.

Personal injury insurance fraud is endemic. Often the default position of the besieged insurance industry, and its investigative supply chain, is not to view claimants as accident victims, but rather, potential fraudsters. Genuine personal injury claimants have a fundamental entitlement to fair treatment and justice. So too, insurers.

Personal Injury Surveillance is a unique guide, providing an insight into the hitherto undisclosed methodologies of personal injury surveillance and the systemic use of an unregulated profession to investigate accident victims. Surveillance is one of many tools used by the UK insurance industry to investigate the veracity of a personal injury claim; others include statistical analysis of claims data and complex algorithms with key fraud indicators, enabling insurers to get upstream of the issue and, in some cases, actually predict fraud before it occurs. However, there is nothing more compelling than surveillance evidence which is why it remains a fundamental element of the claims management process.

Release date: 28th February 2019
ISBN: 978 1789015 522
Price: £24.99 Including P&P

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