How to trace people
How to trace people is a question we asked many times by many people searching for missing people or tracing people for a variety of reasons. So we thought we would outline some of the fastest ways to trace a person and how a trace agent such as Find UK People® traces people in the UK.
Using a professional tracing agent means that the agent will be registered with the ICO – Information Commissionaires Office, this is not optional and one should always check that the agent is registered with the ICO. If the trace agent is registered it will allow the agent to access Credit agency data either directly or through a third-party provider, which there are many third-party tracing software services that allow access to CRA linking data.
CRA data will allow an agent to see recent links from the supplied old address to a current new address. These links are formed from credit applications, utility applications, bank statements redirecting, etc. This provides a good first basis to trace someone in the UK but a trace agent should always verify this data to make sure it is correct and current. This is where trace agents differ, some will just provide an address based on a CRA link and a flimsy trace verification whereas a trusted trace agency will provide a robust tracing verification which will provide an accurate trace result which will have a very low tracing recheck rate of any supplied tracing information.
Trace agents can also see that a subject has an ex-directory phone line in the subjects name at the current property this allows for a good verification that the subject is at the address, as people do not normally have a paid-for phone line at an address without residing at the address in most circumstances. This ability is not available to the general public directly trying to trace people but is via a trace agent which means a trace agent will always have the upper hand in being able to trace people.
There are many commercial tracing software packages that tracing agents can use but some are leading the pack on features. Findukpeople.com utilizes various datasets and third-party tracing packages and indeed our tracing Operations Director was instrumental in the launch of one of the leading tracing software packages and understands how to leverage the best use of this dataset. What we are trying to say is that the skill in utilizing any dataset is key not just possessing the dataset. One’s staff and the level of expertise is key to being able to leverage the data and we believe our skill sets are second to none in the tracing industry after all it’s all we do – tracing people.
Tracing agents are professionals who specialize in finding the current addresses of individuals who have moved or disappeared. In the UK, tracing agents use a variety of techniques and databases to locate missing people. In this article, we will explain how tracing agents trace people’s current addresses in the UK.
- Electoral roll data
The electoral roll is a database of all eligible voters in the UK. Tracing agents use this database to search for the person they are looking for. If the individual is registered to vote, their name and address will appear on the electoral roll. This information can be used to locate the person’s current address.
- Credit reference agency data
Credit reference agencies maintain databases of individuals’ credit histories and financial information. Tracing agents can use this information to trace people’s current addresses. If the individual has applied for credit or taken out a loan, their address will be on file with the credit reference agency. Tracing agents can access this information to locate the person.
- Land registry data
The Land Registry is a database of all property ownership in the UK. Tracing agents can search this database to locate the person they are looking for. If the individual owns property, their address will be on file with the Land Registry. Tracing agents can use this information to locate the person’s current address.
- Social media
Social media platforms such as Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram can be useful tools for tracing agents. Tracing agents can search these platforms for the person they are looking for. If the person has an active social media profile, their current address may be listed on their profile or in their posts.
- Public records
Tracing agents can search public records such as birth, marriage, and death records to locate individuals. These records can provide information about the person’s current or previous addresses.
- Private databases
Tracing agents may also use private databases to locate individuals. These databases are not publicly available and may require a subscription or payment to access. Private databases can provide detailed information about individuals, including their current address.
In conclusion, tracing agents in the UK use a variety of techniques and databases to locate people’s current addresses. These include electoral roll data, credit reference agency data, land registry data, social media, public records, and private databases. By using these tools, tracing agents can efficiently and effectively locate individuals who have moved or disappeared.
There are many other techniques that trace agents use but we do not want to reveal all of the tracing industry processes. In summary though when one wants to trace people it is advisable to use a trusted trace agency such as Find UK People® who will trace the subject the first time round on a no trace no fee basis within just 24 hours.