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Automate your Firearms and Explosives Licensing processes

Thoroughly checking the background of firearms and explosives licence applicants over multiple data sources is crucial to protect the public and avoid reputational damage. Our solution automates this process, saving up to 85% of your time.

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Manually carrying out background checks is time-consuming and expensive

Matter of National Importance

With the firearms and explosives licensing application process increasingly subject to government and public scrutiny, you require thorough background checks that include information from open sources, enhanced commercial data sets and often sensitive HMG datasets.

Investigations becoming more complex

Carrying out these kinds of background checks requires data from multiple sources and the ability to cross reference them to find links and identify risk.

Manually carrying out data assessment is increasingly difficult

Having to manually log in to numerous datasets and, one at a time, collate and look for connections, and compile reports is incredibly draining on your team and not the best use of their time.

Minimise application review time with automation

Our platform, Scout®, automates investigations and checks across all your chosen data sources as one, reducing investigation time and giving you the capacity and capability to make better informed decisions.


Save 85% of your team’s time

Get reports in seconds

Key Benefits and Features

True single intelligence environment for background checks with commercial, consented, open source and internal data combined; significantly reducing reporting times and standardising outputs.

Search and risk assessment workflows for Shot Gun, Firearms, Explosives and RFD applications that collate and analyse your data sources, along with visualisation of links, making it much easier to discover hidden connections and applicants’ risks.

Create and save any number of risk assessments relating to each type of application; ensuring your team review chat forums, social media pages and extremists sites of all kinds.

Find more risk, carry out enhanced checks faster and more thoroughly investigate multiple datasets to better meet the Statutory Guidance.

Synalogik datasets include standard, enhanced and premium personal identifiable information (PII); global commercial data; PEPs and Sanctions; credit application; disposable phone and email; credit address links; CCJ and bankruptcy; land registry; and compromise checker, among others.

Out-of-the box integrations include LexisNexis, CreditSafe, Companies House, open-source intelligence, Credit Reference Agency data and many more.

Reduce your exposure to reputational damage or legislative breaches by linking open-source data to people, companies, email addresses, addresses or phone numbers of concern.

Standardised, concise reports with all sources referenced enable your licensing team to make better decisions by using their time to review the results, not find them.

Automation of cross referencing and drawing links across disparate datasets reduces the risk of human error that can occur when doing this manually.

Automated review of data in less than sixty seconds allow your team to clear backlogs, improve the applicant’s experience and allow you to operate at higher margin levels.

The “Scout® OSint Builder” allows you to create highly targeted searches across the entire open web around keywords, proximity to particular areas, timeframes, document types and in all major languages.

The ability to re-run reviews or new applications on bulk means your checks can be done more regularly; meeting the increasing public scrutiny expected for holders of firearm or shot gun licences.

Scout® is already delivering significant R.O.I gains for vetting, compliance, fraud detection, intelligence and investigation teams across law enforcement agencies and Government organisations.

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Scout®: Enabling Firearms Licensing Officers to Automate Checks Over ALL Their Data Sources


“100% cutting edge. If you aren't on the Scout platform, you're being left behind.”
David Wilson MSc
Regional MS & Organised Immigration Crime Lead –
West Midlands ROCU

Case Study

Scout® Aids Government Agency in Large Scale Fraud Investigation

A Government investigation agency needed to identify companies linked to an individual who was deliberately changing their name to avoid being linked to a large-scale fraud.

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Stricter UK Firearms and Explosives Licensing Legislation: How Technology Can Help Firearms and Explosives Licensing Officers More Efficiently Meet Requirements

With new legislation, firearms and explosives licensing officers are having to do background checks against ever more sources of data. A process that is incredibly time-consuming when done manually. Read the blog to find out how technology can help.

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