Introduction to Skip Tracing
A skip tracing service is where a company locates a person who has moved from the last known address. The company that conducts the skip trace service will use the last known address to locate the subjects current address by using various databases such as Credit Reference agency data sets which will show links from the old address to the current address for the subject of the search.
This indication data is then verified to make sure it is correct and current for the subject of the skip trace.
The Find UK People service will skip trace individuals to a current address by layering multiple sources of data and utilising the leading skip tracing analysts in the UK to locate a 98% majority of individuals they are instructed to skip trace which is backed up by the skip tracing guarantee of no find no fee.
Skip tracing can be known as
- People tracing
- People tracers
- People finding
- People locators
- Family tracing
- Debtor Tracing
- Probate tracing
- Reuniting heirs
- Heir hunting
- Tracing Agents
- Enquiry agents
There are many occasions where we lose touch or just have not been in contact for a period of months or years and in those intervening times, the person we are corresponding with has moved house without notifying us. This happens on a regular basis and the best way to verify if this is the case is to utilise skip tracing agents to locate and verify the current address for the individual.
A skip tracing company can verify if the last known address is still resided at by the subject with recency data that shows current residency status with recent activity data.
An example of this would be to see that the subject of the skip trace has a telephone line at the last known address in their name which is still active and live at the last known address, this is a good indication that the subject is still resident at the property.
This then offers a line of enquiry for the skip tracer to follow and obtain further skip tracing information to confirm that the last known address is still the correct current address for the skip trace subject.
What information helps with a skip trace
- The subjects full legal name
- Last known address
- All other old addresses
- Date of birth of the subject
- Old telephone numbers
- Partners names
- Children’s names (over 18)
When instructing a skip tracing agency it is important to try and obtain as much data on the subject as possible, for instance when supplying the name a middle name is invaluable and very useful to distinguish name matches, for instance, John Smith will have many name matches but John TarguinneII Smith will have probably one person matching the name.
Where there are multiple data points provided it will obviously narrow down the name matches to normally just one and will locate the right party the first time especially where there is previous address data or exact date of birth data.
The scale of the issue
When you think about how many people are moving in the UK each year it starts to show the scale of the issue for skip tracing and the end client who needs to reconnect with someone who has moved house. Here we will outline some of the amazing facts and figures for moving in the UK:
- The average distance moved by UK homebuyers in 2020 was 10 miles
- The cost of moving home plummeted by 39% in 2020
- The Top 5 locations where the most properties were bought:
- London (13.7%)
- Leeds (1.7%)
- Birmingham (1.6%)
- Bristol (1.6%)
- Leicester (1.3%)
Amazing figures that show the scale of the skip tracing requirement
- 60% of adults in the UK are thought to have lived in the same house for 15 years
- On a yearly basis, nearly 200,000 people move from elsewhere in the UK to live in London
- In an average month in the UK, around 100,000 households will move into a new home
How to choose your skip tracer
- Liability insurance
- Registered with the Ico
- Focused on the service of skip Tracing
- Clear pricing
- Encrypted site – make sure there is a padlock in the URL bar
- No trace no fee policy
- Payment via PayPal or credit card
- Extensive and independent reviews on verified testimonial sites such as Trustpilot
Reliability & accuracy by a skip tracing agency trumps price every time…
Why do people use a skip tracer?
Why people choose our skip tracing Company
People choose our skip tracing solution to find people in the UK or Europe as we have an unrivalled 98% success rate at skip tracing people in just 24 hours.
This is down to our leading data set access with an expert team of skip tracing analysts, our service relies on the quality of our people tracing analysts which gives our clients fast and effective skip tracing normally completed in just 24 hours on a no trace no fee basis.