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SPI provide in-depth, open source background checks to private individuals and corporate enterprises.

What is a Private Investigator Background Check?

A private investigator background check is an investigation conducted by SPI to gather information about an individual's personal, professional, and criminal history. The purpose of the background check is to provide the client with a comprehensive report about the individual which can be used for a variety of purposes including employment screening, tenant screening, and personal safety. During a background check, SPI will use a variety of techniques including public records searches, interviews with references and associates and investigation into the individual's financial history, education and employment. 

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Types of Background Checks


You may already have a name for the data subject, but we can discover if he or she has any other aliases. Birth names, married names or even names changed by deed poll. Our background checks also highlight any associated phone numbers, email address and linked accounts across the web.

Address History

SPI confirm current and previous addresses of our data subject's. Not only that, we can acquire far more detailed information. For example, house sale prices, property descriptions, dwelling types, previous and current property occupants, deed ownership etc.

Credit Data

Our credit data searches included in our background checks give clear understandings of a data subject's financial situation. We would never be able to look into someone bank account, but we can see other information. We can see if the subject has any red flags against him or her. This will allow us to see the value of filings for any CCJ's, IVA's, DRO's or even bankruptcy petitions.

Employment History/Business Ventures

SPI gather information through various sources to build up a picture of past and other present employments, as well as business ventures. Often, employees fabricate reasons for departure from previously held positions, but we can uncover the truth behind reasons for departure to give you an understanding of who you are dealing with.

We gather information through various sources to build up a picture of past and other present employments, as well as business ventures.


If a will has been executed, we can obtain copies for distribution. Wills can hold considerable value for all involved but unfortunately it is often the case that people do not allow all involved parties access to them. This could prevent parties from financial entitlements as allowed for in the will

Criminal History

SPI look into a data subject's criminal past however, as this is classed as 'Criminal Data', it is only possible to do so if we have consent from data subject him or herself. If the data subject does not consent to a search of this nature as a requirement for an employment position, then the employer can make the decision whether take him or her on or not.  

Non-Intrusive Background Checks

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As private investigators, it is our job is to dig into the people's background's. This may seem pretty intrusive but our approach to background checks is classed as non-intrusive due to the professional and legally compliant way in which we source our data. If SPI can satisfy a Data Protection Impact Assessment with our reasons for carrying out private investigator background checks, then we will proceed with our enquires. If we do not get over this first hurdle, the investigation will cease there and then as we will be in breach of GDPR requirements. This may not be the outcome some clients want to hear, but we take GDPR very seriously as should all professional private investigators.

Standards of Our Open Source Background Checks


Our background check services are delivered with integrity and professionalism on all accounts


Our private investigations are conducted with robust ethical standards and accountability at all levels


The background check services we provide are in compliance with UK privacy and data protection laws


A quality service at a cost effective price is what we deliver with both our private investigations and corporate investigations

Contact Us for Your Background Checks

If you are in any doubt regarding someone's past, contact a professional private detective firm to conduct all of your background checks. To hire a private investigator in Birmingham, the further West and East Midlands, the East of England or London, get in touch with Sentry Private Investigators. We are highly effective at digging up the truth which someone may be hiding, and build up the information to give our client's a clear picture of who they are dealing with.

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