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Hunter Surveillance Services

Hunter Surveillance Services is a private investigation and surveillance company based in Chorley, Preston in Lancashire.

We provide a range of surveillance, investigation and GPS tracking services for corporate, commercial and private individuals. All of our agents are highly skilled and trained in discreet and professional surveillance, ready to be deployed across the UK at any given time. We cover both local and national projects, helping clients discover the truth and get the proof you need to take a stand.

Welcome to

Hunter Surveillance Services

Hunter Surveillance Services is a private investigation and surveillance company based in Chorley, Preston in Lancashire. We provide a range of surveillance, investigation and GPS tracking services for corporate, commercial and private individuals. All of our agents are highly skilled and trained in discreet and professional surveillance, ready to be deployed across the UK at any given time. We cover both local and national projects, helping clients discover the truth and get the proof you need to take a stand.

Expert Investigators

Our agents are all trained to the highest standard, working safely and discreetly.

Proven Results

Not only will we discover the truth, we provide all necessary evidence for you to act.

ICO Registered

We ensure all personal and private data is protected and secure at all times.

Fully Insured

HSS agents operate with full public and employee liability insurance cover.

CORPORATE SOLUTIONS

Surveillance & Investigation

Corporate surveillance and investigation is on the rise due to the number of untrustworthy employee’s, with today’s society wanting something for nothing. This can be in many area’s such as sickness and absenteeism, suspected moonlighting, corporate theft and any general illegal activities.

PRIVATE SOLUTIONS

Surveillance & Investigation

Our surveillance and investigative expertise isn’t just for businesses. Our team of skilled agents help private individuals in Lancashire and the surrounding areas too. Whatever challenge you’re facing, you don’t have to go it alone. Whether you’re searching for a missing person, suspect your partner of cheating or need help with divorce proceedings – we’re here to help.

Meet our Director

Royal Marines

Driven by his desire to fight injustice and help people discover the truth, Steven Hunter launched Hunter Surveillance Services in 2018.

With over 9 years’ experience as a Royal Marine Commando under his belt, including countless operational tours in hostile areas, Steven has an immense amount of expertise. His surveillance and investigative skill set is second to none, all of which is focused by his results-driven work ethic and professional approach.

Find out more about Steven Hunter

What Our Clients Say

  • Personal search for an individual completed in one day, highly efficient service and professional throughout, very helpful.

    Claire Hamilton
  • An excellent service. Prompt, reliable and discreet. Very professional in their attitude and demeanour throughout. Their attention to detail delivered a positive outcome to my situation.

    Dave Caton
  • Hunter surveillance has been my “go to” guys for tracing, insurance and matrimonial surveillance. I wouldn’t use anyone else as they are trustworthy, always deliver the goods and at great price ranges that work for both parties.

    David Harrison
  • Fantastic service, steve went above and beyond. Will definitely recommend his company. The tracker was accurate and informative and updated every minute. Thank you so much for your amazing service. Mrs J Crook. Bolton Lancashire.

    Jackie Crook
  • Hunter Surveillance were amazing! I experienced at least 3 con artists before finding Steven! I already felt vulnerable & stressed so I was dubious of the whole situation but I was right to of trusted him. He was so flexible & made the whole stressful process seem all under control! His reports were great & he offered to even help me with stuff that wasn’t even part of the job I’d paid him to do! He seemed that he actually cared. The important thing is with the evidence he got I was able to confirm all my suspicions & more! Couldn’t recommend enough!

    Kate Smith
  • I hired this very professional individual and he got the results I needed to win an on going court battle. This man has saved me thousands. Highly recommended.

    Kurt Taylor
  • Wouldn’t hesitate to recommend this company, honest, reassuring, excellent communication with me throughout the time given, follow up has been great, all my crazy questions answered.
    Thank you Steven and if anyone has any concerns about using your company I would be more than happy to offer a reference.

    Karen Jones
    Client
  • “ A1 service as always from the guys at HSS, great results and perfect evidence obtained. Would recommend to friends and family

    Paul Bolton
    Value Customer
  • From the first moment I spoke to Steven Hunter the service was excellent. I was trying to find out as much information I could on a really dodgy tradesman. I received all the information I needed within 24 hours however Steven did warn me it could take up to 3 days. Steven was also kind enough to follow up with me and physically track the guy down for me on 2-3 occasions. I would highly recommend HSS Ltd services.

    Sarah Amlot
  • Excellent results, very fast response and extremely professional team. Very impressed and would highly recommend.

    Sharon Carol Moss
  • The address was found. It was found in the time specified. Great customer service. Thank you

    Susan Hamilton
  • Great communication by Hunter Surveillance Services while conducting an investigation for me. competitive price and a detailed report with their findings.

    Rhys Thomas
  • We used Hunter Surveillance Services for a very Urgent matter, they responded quickly and efficiently and went above and beyond to get the result that left us with very satisfied Client and we would wish to use the Company on future matters when the need arises Thank you so much!!

    Phillip-j76
    Client
  • “Steven did a weeks surveillance for my family when he helped keep an eye on our daughters first holiday abroad. Steven kept us updated on a daily basis and was very professional in his approach throughout the process. Our daughter knew that Steven was there to help if required and found him discreet and helpful. I would definitely recommend Steven.”

    Benji1
    Client

Private Investigator FAQs

All of your questions answered

What exactly does a private investigator do?

Broadly speaking, private investigators aim to gather information or evidence to discover the truth for individuals, businesses or other organisations. They do so by covertly following, tracking and observing other parties, as well as performing checks on their background, history and location.

Are private investigators legal?

In short, yes. Private investigation is legal as long as the investigator you’re working with is operating in line with the law. It’s also important that private investigators are ICO registered, to ensure your data and that of any other parties involved is protected.

What can private investigators do legally?

There is a wealth of information available without breaking the law. Private investigators can legally follow people in public spaces and use GPS tracking to monitor locations. They can also use open source records, perform background checks and draw upon the vast amount of information on social media and other sites. They can also take photo and video evidence as long as they aren’t trespassing on private property to do so.

Who can private investigators help?

Private investigators can help both businesses and individuals. Private investigation can assist with personal matters such as infidelity (or cheating), proof of cohabitation and people tracing. On the other hand, it can be invaluable for companies looking to uncover employee theft, corporate fraud, fake sickness or misuse of company vehicles, to name just a few examples.

How much does a private investigator cost?

As with many services, the cost of private investigation can vary based on the complexity, duration and specific requirements of each case. The fee for a one-off background check will be much lower than the cost of ongoing GPS tracking, for example.

Anyone offering a one-size-fits-all fee should generally be avoided, as they will likely add to this ‘set’ cost with lots of unexpected extras. At Hunter Surveillance Services, we provide a tailored, no-obligation quote based on your case so you can make an informed decision about how you want to proceed.

Are private investigations kept confidential?

Privacy and discretion are at the top of the list for any professional private investigator. Persons of interest will not be aware they’re being followed, monitored or tracked and your meetings and communication with investigators will be completely discreet. In short, nobody needs to know about your work with a private investigator, before, during or after your case.

What can a Private Investigator do legally in the UK?

Whether a loved one has gone missing or you suspect an employee of faking sickness, there’s an abundance of reasons why a person would want to hire a private investigator (PI). But with new privacy laws and a strict legal system, how can you be sure everything they do is above board and could potentially hold up in a court of law? Read on to learn more about the UK regulations, what methods PIs can legally use and why you would want to hire a PI in the first place…

What does the law say in the UK?

In the UK, personal security and privacy are rightly protected by a number of laws and regulations, including the 2018 General Data Protection Regulation, the Investigatory Powers Act 2016 and the older Regulation in Investigatory Powers Act 2000. These laws protect your safety and prevent people infringing on your human rights. With plenty of speculation surrounding the private security industry, however, it’s key that when choosing a PI, you opt for a company that places the law above all else.

Trained professionals

So how you can ensure that you’re getting the best of the best? Being a member of security bodies like the ICO – the UK’s independent authority – means PIs operate discreetly, with your strictest confidentially. This body is set up to uphold information rights and data privacy for individuals. Although PIs don’t require experience in the police or military, it does offer more peace of mind for clients they have this background.

You can rest assured that investigators with a professional background will work hard to deliver expert results that are 100 percent above board. Unlike the police, however, PIs don’t hold the same legal rights over members of the public. For example, PIs can’t make arrests or trespass on private property. It is also illegal for anyone to impersonate a member of the police force to obtain any information for their private investigation.

By following this strict set of regulations and procedures alongside personal discretion, PIs can ensure all their work is completed to the highest standard and is admissible in court of law.

Investigative methods

So, exactly what investigative methods can PIs utilise? The first rule of any PI investigation is that everyone remains safe and that they do not intentionally cause any damage or injury. PIs will then use whatever legal means necessary to acquire the relevant information. Here’s a rundown of what exactly PIs can and can’t legally use in their investigations:

Official records

PIs have finely tuned skills to carry out research and background checks on a person. To do so, they can legally access all public records, including criminal records and court documents. However, PIs can’t legally obtain any private documents such as phone, financial, medical or court sealed records. They are also not allowed to open mail or order a credit report without the consent of the individual in question.

Computers and phones

Similarly, PIs are legally not allowed to hack or wiretap a computer, phone or tablet. They only have access to these documents if they have the express permission of the owner.

Surveillance

There is a wealth of information available without breaking the law. Private investigators can legally follow people in public spaces and use GPS tracking to monitor locations. They can also use open source records, perform background checks and draw upon the vast amount of information on social media and other sites. They can also take photo and video evidence as long as they aren’t trespassing on private property to do so.

Interviews

Word of mouth is another great way to gather relevant information, whether it’s from a co-worker or relative. This can be used to help find a missing person or monitor someone’s behaviour.

What can PIs legally investigate?

Investigative methods vary from company to company. But most organisations will use a range of techniques to obtain certain information, whether it’s for a private individual or for corporate purposes. Here are a few possible examples of what exactly a PI can investigate:

Missing people

In the UK, PI companies are allowed to legally search for missing people, using surveillance methods. This could either be a missing loved one, someone avoiding paying their debts or even a cowboy contractor who has left you in the lurch.

Matrimonial surveillance

Do you suspect your spouse is cheating? Do you need confirmation they are having affair? PIs are legally allowed to follow people and report back their activities to an individual.

Assets & property

Whether you need to uncover assets for a divorce hearing or a business liquidation, PIs can help. This service is relevant for people or businesses who need professional help to conduct searches through public records.

Corporate investigations

Do you have an employee constantly feigning sickness? Or are you worried about workplace theft? PIs in the UK can offer a range of corporate investigation services. They can use the appropriate legal surveillance methods to provide valid evidence to the employer.

Insurance fraud

Insurance fraud is on the rise, with a whopping £90m fraud claims detected by insurance group Aviva in 2017. This is where PIs step in, helping corporate firms and individuals build up a case. They do this by providing reports and footage with dates and time stamps. From false workplace injuries to ‘crash for cash’ incidents, a professional PI can help you gain high-quality evidence.

We are here to help

Hunter Surveillance Services provides a collection of expert private investigation services for individuals and corporate clients across the UK. Based in Lancashire, our discreet, highly skilled operatives work quickly to the letter of the law to help you uncover the truth and get the evidence you deserve. To find out more and discuss your options, get in touch today on [email protected] or call our friendly team on 07555 712919.

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