Skip tracer; typically a professional investigator that specializes in locating hard to find people. Skip Tracing (aka skiptracing) refers to the process a private investigator may use to locate people for a bail bondsmen (someone that jumped a bond), a delinquent debtor (to repossess property or serve summons), dead beats, missing people, you get the idea. These same skip tracing techniques are sometimes even used to locate a witness for a criminal trial.
These individuals are typically "off-the-grid" and are hard to locate using conventional online databases. There are several levels of skip tracing. The services offered on SearchBug range from a basic assisted people search using public and proprietary records all the way to a month long verified current address and/or employment search.
Searchbug starts by assigning a professional investigator to your case. If you're opting for a search that includes one of our personally verified searches, the investigator will start by collecting all the bits and pieces about your subject and building a case file.
They will run down leads and may covertly speak with people that know your subject well. They inquire and ask questions that will sometimes lead them to more recent information about your subject and will eventually find out where they live, where they work and/or locate a new phone number.
Once they gather all the information they can during the allotted turn-around time, they take a verified search request one step further to make sure the facts found about your subjects whereabouts are 100% accurate.
The more information you have on your subject the deeper the investigator can go. If you have lots of information and have run into dead ends with other searches one of our verified locates is probably your best bet.
If all you have on your subject is a previous address and you don't think they are "off the grid" but the address you have is pretty old and online databases haven't helped much, an investigator assisted search is probably a good place to start.
If you have an address and want to determine the legal residence or if you're trying to determine if someone is really living there another good search is to find out if they the utility billing is in their name. A search by a private investigator can determine who the legal billing name on the utilities is, whether it is telephone, gas or electric.
Need to find someone that's difficult to locate? Try one of our skip trace searches now.
Investigator assisted Skip Trace searches are a great way to get information quickly. If you find yourself conducting skip traces often, we would suggest looking into upgrading your account to a restricted access account.