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Everything You Need to Know About Skip Tracing

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The Smith Investigation Agency offers a wide variety of investigative services from our private investigators including surveillance, skip tracing, background checks, locate, fraud, insurance fraud investigations, and more. In this post, we want to show you what our skip tracing capabilities are as we have grown significantly in our skip tracing and skip search department in the last two years.

Skip Tracing Definition:

The term skip trace, also referred to as skip tracing, skiptracer, skiptrace, and skip tracers is defined below: “skiptracing (also skip tracing, skiptrace, or debtor and fugitive recovery) is the process of locating a person’s whereabouts for any number of purposes. A skiptracer is someone who performs this task, which may be the person’s primary occupation.” or “Skip tracing is an industry term used to describe the process of locating a fugitive that can’t be found at their place of residence or usual hangouts. ‘Skip’ refers to the person being searched for (derived from the term ‘to skip town’) and ‘tracing’ meaning the act of locating the skip.”

Who is the Best Skip Tracer in Toronto?

The act of skip tracing is completed by collecting information on the individual in question (subject). All information recovered by the skip tracer is analyzed, verified, and used to determine the location of the person. Skip tracing involves gathering and analyzing information.

Although most private investigator agencies who are also skip tracers utilize the internet collect information on the whereabouts of individuals, we also utilize exclusive databases which are available only to private investigators.

As skip tracers completing a skip trace, we use a variety of resources and databases to collect the required information to locate the individual. As such, skip tracing often involves accessing the following:

  • Phone number databases
  • Job applications
  • Criminal background checks
  • Property searches
  • Utility bills
  • Public tax information
  • Public records databases
  • Courthouse records
  • Vehicle and driver information
  • Known associates

Skip Trace

The term skip tracing is most often used within the field of private investigations completed by private investigators. We use skip trace tools to help locate individuals who have “skipped town.”

Skip tracing involves assessing information on the subject and uncovering facts to help in the process or process serving someone. A process server will use the information collected to serve the individual if that is what’s required.

Process Serving

Once the skip trace and skiptracing has been completed, a process server will take the information collected and begin the procedure of process serving. Our Toronto process servers and process server company have completed process services, serving papers, summons server, subpoena service, serving legal documents, serve divorce papers, legal serve, civil process, and court papers served. Canadian process serving is a professional process service that we complete. Canadian process servers have been completing the service of serving documents in Toronto for nearly ten years. As we do not complete the Process Service ourselves, we employ a legal process server from a process server company which offers professional process services. If you are looking to find a process server, our process servers Toronto and Toronto process servers can assist.


Skip tracing is very similar to detective work, as it involves utilizing databases, understanding where and how to search for information, and following up on leads. Skip tracing professionals conduct interviews, engage in surveillance, and assess information about their subject.

Our skip tracers utilize skip search and skip tracing databases with skip trace tools to get the results you need. Online skip tracing from our skip tracing company and investigators are the best in Canada.

The Smith Investigation Agency’s Private Investigators have been completing skip trace, background checks, and locates for nearly ten years. Start with trust with The Smith Investigation Agency.

We also offer AIR MILES® Reward Miles for all of our skip tracing services and tracing services.

Once you have visited the visited the best skip tracing websites and the skip trace sites you feel comfortable with, our skip trace investigator will begin your skip tracing Toronto.

About the Author

Whitney Joy Smith

Founder of The Smith Investigation Agency in 2014, Whitney Joy Smith’s extensive background as a private investigator is matched only by her passion for the role. A graduate of several respected institutions, including Northwest Florida State College and George Brown College, her early years in life were spent between Canada and the United States. This education, along with her formative years as a private investigator in various agencies, informed much of her knowledge of private investigative laws, regulations, and operating standards in both countries.

The recipient of numerous industry awards and accolades, including the Consumers Choice Award, Best in Ottawa, and many others, Whitney takes pride in working closely with her ever-growing agency to raise the bar, maintain compliance, and meet the investigative needs of clients. Whitney is active in various membership and supporting roles, including the CPIRC, CBN, CAPI, Canadian Women’s Chamber of Commerce, and many others. Her experience-driven, thought-provoking articles have been featured in everything from Readers Digest to Business News Daily, and she strives to continually redefine standards for those in the private investigative and security fields. Learn more about Whitney and the team at The Smith Investigation Agency today.

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