Tuesday, February 10, 2015

Skip Tracing and Missing Person Investigations

The U.S. Department of Justice reports there are nearly one hundred thousand active missing person cases in the United States, and more than half of those reported are children. Private investigators are frequently hired to locate missing persons or estranged relatives. Many of the adults who become missing are not reported to police as missing person cases because the individual simply lost touch or chose to disappear for various reasons.

Each missing person case is unique, and can cost hundreds of dollars at many private investigation agencies, but not at Brian Blackwell Investigations. While many private investigation agencies charge an hourly rate or daily fee, which can end up costing the client hundreds of dollars depending on how long it takes to locate the person, at Brian Blackwell Investigations, we provide professional investigation services for a flat fee  no billing surprises for the client! We perform professional, discreet investigations for one simple flat fee.

Skip Tracing

The term skip tracing comes from the expression "to skip town." Meaning to leave in a rush,
leaving minimal clues behind for someone to "trace" the "skip" to a new location. Skip tracing is a process used to locate someone who is missing and generally requires gathering, organizing and analyzing large amounts of data on an individual to make a conclusion about where he or she is or might be. Done most commonly to locate people to rekindle relationships or handle legal and financial matters.

Anyone who has spent some time on the Internet has probably seen websites that advertise "Find anyone for $15.00" or similar such claims. These are nearly, without exception, useless. At best they will give you a list of old addresses, and often times will provide you with addresses of anyone with the targets name. At worst they will take your money and leave you nothing. Such searches will likely just confuse, rather than clarify your search efforts. It is better to hire a professional to do the investigating. Professional private investigators typically are more efficient because they have much more experience, and they often have good relationships with police or other government agencies such as we do at Brian Blackwell Investigations.

At Brian Blackwell Investigations, we have access to professional investigation databases not available to the average person that compile phone information, date of birth information, social security number information, social network information, credit information and other information about people and businesses. We don't just type in a name in our databases and hand over a report. We have a 94% success rate of locating individuals. This is accomplished by being diligent in our investigation and taking the necessary time to cross reference and double check data for accuracy. Don't waste your time and hard-earned money with online databases. They simply don't do justice to what a private investigator can accomplish.

Is There Anyone We Can't Locate?

Certainly. Individuals who frequently change their name, use aliases, change residences, or use alternate social security numbers complicate things, but it is a small percentage. We have access to data and sources to aid in our investigation that are not available to the average person, and the know-how built on over 20 years experience to locate the person you are looking for. Some individuals are harder to locate than others. Those who take extraordinary steps not to be found can require more time and work to locate than the average person. Provide as much information as you can on the individual you are looking for to help in the search. The more information you provide to us, the quicker the investigation is. Some basic information such as full name, date of birth or (approximate) age, last known address, last known employer, most recent photo, vehicle description (license plate number if you know it), and any other information you have. Even little details can prove to be beneficial.

Our Fee

Our fee structure is probably very different than what you are used to. We believe in performing investigations for a flat fee. We do this so our clients can get results without wondering what the final cost will be. While many private investigation agencies charge an hourly rate / daily rate, mileage, expenses, report costs, etc., you will know the exact cost of an investigation we perform because we charge one simple flat fee. With us, there are no hidden fees, no billing surprises. Our utmost concern is to help you, not to charge you for as many hours as possible until you run out of money.

This may seem like a strange way to conduct business, but we believe it is the best way to conduct business, the most honest way to conduct business. We believe in providing professional investigation services for a fair, equitable compensation. Our goal is to complete each case in a timely manner, and while there is no guarantee on how long a case will take to complete  because each case comes with its own unique set of challenges you can be assured we will be working on your case continually until it is concluded.

If you need help, call 1-855-445-1742  9 am - 9 pm Pacific Standard Time, or visit us at brianblackwell.biz . We guarantee professional, discreet, and reasonably priced Investigation services.

Brian Blackwell Investigations | Seattle, WA