Skip tracing is performed by collecting as much information as possible about the subject. The information is then analyzed, reduced, and verified. Sometimes the subject’s current whereabouts are in the data, but are obfuscated by the sheer amount of information or disinformation. Often, the job becomes more than mere research since one must often employ methods of social engineering, which involves calling or visiting former neighbors, or other known contacts to ask about the subject, sometimes under false or misleading pretenses.
How do we usually get on with it:
- Credit Bureau inquiries
- Desktop / online searches
- DVLA checks
- Local tax office for any filed updates
- Traffic – related tickets
- Door knocks / covert canvass of the targeted areas
- Telephone Pretext
- Real Property index
- National and county courts research
- Former places of work
- Former employers
- Old mates
One of the above has to provide some clues. We also research the skip on the national databases, to see if he changed address or similar. Perhaps he bought a new car and the plates were registered at a new address.
We have an extensive network on our side, and we usually make most of it; accessing the proper databases can indeed provide good clues on the current whereabouts of the skip, but we mostly rely on our ultimate weapon in our arsenal: HUMINT. Nothing beats a good agent down the heels of a fugitive, we believe.