Skip Tracer Training for Bounty Hunters
Often, bounty hunters need to gather reliable information on fugitives before expending time and effort to track the defendant down. This is where skip tracer training and techniques can be valuable for you.
Skip tracers usually use publicly available information and investigation techniques to track the whereabouts of a fugitive, or a “skip,” without leaving an office. They access records, such as phone or utility bills, credit card statements, last known address and other government records to gather as much information about a subject as possible.
Once a tracer has sifted through all the information available, the most important step is to actually contact the person being sought. Actual, verified contact with the subject or someone who has recently been in touch with the subject is essential. Without verification you cannot be sure that you have gotten all the proper information about a fugitive and the fugitive’s whereabouts. This can make a bounty hunter’s job more difficult, causing a bounty hunter to detain the wrong person or waste time tracking down false leads.
Skip tracers with the right skills are utilized by many different professions outside of bounty hunting to track down people who have not skipped bail. Some, such as credit or debt collection agencies, hire skip tracers to find those who have disappeared without paying a debt. In some cases, tracers are hired by attorneys to hunt down potential witnesses or by hospitals looking for patients. They also work for real estate agents or banks seeking deals on property.
Skip tracers are often employed people associated with private investigation and bail bond enforcement for their efficiency and expertise. By contracting a skip tracer, a bail bond agent or bounty hunter can delegate much of the investigative work to a tracer, freeing up the recovery agent to work in the field, pursuing fugitives while information is still being gleaned from other targets.
Because there is so much personal information for each fugitive, sifting through the vast amount of data can be a tedious process. Often the information that you need is staring you in the face, but without knowing what to look for you can pass right over it. Employing a skilled skip tracer can help you identify legitimate information while being able to discard extraneous or false information.
However, if you are working as a freelance bounty hunter, or you are operating on a tight budget you might want to do the investigative work yourself. Pursuing some skip tracer training will give you important skills that will help you track fugitives more easily. Such training can also allow you to take on a wider variety of jobs and give you valuable experience.
There are many courses to help you improve your skip tracing skills. These courses are beneficial if you are already a bounty hunter and want to improve your data analysis or tracking skills, or if you are interested in becoming a skip tracer. There are many online seminars available. The Credit Union National Association also provides further education and training for those wanting to work in the field.