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Tracing people refers to the process of locating and tracking individuals, often for various reasons such as legal, investigative, or administrative purposes. This can involve finding someone’s current or past whereabouts, identifying their connections, or gathering information about their activities. Tracing may be conducted by law enforcement agencies, private investigators, legal professionals, or individuals seeking to locate someone for personal or professional reasons. Tracing is not a one-size-fits-all. It is an art. 

Importance of Trace

  1. Legal and Investigative Purposes: Tracing individuals can be crucial for legal and investigative purposes, such as locating witnesses, suspects, or missing persons in criminal investigations. It can also aid in serving legal documents or enforcing court orders.

  2. Debt Collection and Financial Investigations: Tracing individuals is often necessary in debt collection efforts or financial investigations to locate debtors, verify assets, or uncover fraudulent activities.

  3. Family and Genealogical Research: Tracing people is essential for genealogical research or reuniting family members separated by various circumstances, such as adoption, migration, or natural disasters.

  4. Identity Verification: Tracing helps verify the identity and background of individuals, which is crucial for employment screening, tenant verification, or vetting potential business partners.

Variables Affecting the Outcome of a Trace

  1. Availability of Information: The success of a trace depends on the availability and accuracy of information about the individual being traced, such as their name, date of birth, and last known address.

  2. Privacy Laws and Regulations: Legal and regulatory constraints, such as data protection laws and privacy regulations, may limit the extent to which tracing can be conducted and the types of information that can be accessed.

  3. Technology and Tools: The effectiveness of tracing methods relies on the availability and sophistication of technology and tools used for gathering and analysing information, such as databases, public records, surveillance techniques, or digital forensics.

  4. Cooperation and Resources: Successful tracing often requires cooperation between various entities, such as law enforcement agencies, government institutions, private investigators, or information brokers. Adequate resources, including time, manpower, and financial resources, are also critical for conducting thorough traces.

  5. Individual Circumstances: The outcome of a trace can be influenced by individual circumstances, such as the individual’s efforts to conceal their whereabouts, changes in personal circumstances, or the complexity of their social connections and networks.

Investigative strategies


Intelligence Perspective manages five corporate datasets. Three within the United Kingdom and two within the United States. We have alternative access to other datasets used sparingly where the need arises.


Intelligence Perspective utilises various sources online to locate individuals. These sources can range from Social media platforms to gathering information via asset tracking.

Report Sample

Quality and quantity of reporting as stated above, is subject to information provided (and how many individuals may be included) to Intelligence Perspective and to defining variables. This report was built from just the subject’s name and previous job description.

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