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.
Chris Simpson, Debra Little, Mike Hawkins
Signum Services: Chris Simpson, Mike Hawkins, Dave Crinnion (Administrator: Debra Little)
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.
Dave Crinnion joined Signum in September 2005.
Signum Services also act as the Security Seals Testing Authority of the United Kingdom.
September 2003 celebrated 50 years of service Signum has given to the UK Club. A history of the unit from its first days as the Dock Security Force is available on the Encyclopaedia. Please note the dates in brackets below are for the years worked for Signum Services.
Left to right:
Liam Gillespie (1990 - 2000), Mike Newstead (1994 - 2005), Peter Westley (1985 - 1992),
Brian Gooch (1975 - 1988), Ron Jarrett, Mike Hawkins (1992 - ), Ian Fletcher (1972 - 1985),
Chris Simpson (1997 - ), Ray Carter (1988 - 1993).
Click here to read a special section of Loss Prevention News on the work of Signum Services and here for a recent presentation on current areas of investigation (only available to Members). A Service Leaflet is also available in pdf form here (117 Kb pdf).
Reports produced by Signum