Signum Services Ltd is the investigative arm of Thomas Miller & Co. Ltd. and conducts investigations on behalf of the Members of the UK P&I Club, the UK Defence Club, the TT Club and ITIC.
Its origins can be traced to 1953 when food was still being rationed in the UK after World War II. Thieves targeted food supplies being discharged at London's docks and thefts of these cargoes became a major problem for some of the P&I Club's Members. An ex-police officer was employed to counter these activities. Now Signum has grown into a team of three investigators who travel the world investigating every type of criminal activity affecting Club Members.
The staff is made up of ex-senior detectives from the Criminal Investigation Department at New Scotland Yard. Its members have served on squads specialised in detecting suspicious deaths, organised crime, armed robbery, hijacking, kidnapping, fraud, and transport crime.
Their qualifications enable them to inquire into any incident which a Member may suspect has a criminal aspect. They have been called upon to investigate murder, arson, many forms of fraud, sexual assault, stowaway-related problems, criminal damage, container and general cargo crime, port based organised crime and every conceivable type of theft. It is a unique body in the world of marine loss investigation.
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