Clients who contact me about tracing someone are often taken aback by one of my first questions: “what makes you sure that the person you are trying to find has moved from their address?”
Generally the answer I get is, letters are being returned marked ‘gone away’; ‘return to sender’; ‘no longer at this address’ or some other variation indicating that the person has moved.
An interesting statistic is that 5% of trace subjects in the UK are still at the address that you have on your records.
I have lost count of the traces I have undertaken where I have discovered that the subject is still living at the address on the client’s records.
It seems incredible but, the subjects’ return any letters that they receive, back to their sender in an effort to avoid being contacted.
Where possible, it is worth sending someone around to the house to make enquiries when letters are returned marked ‘gone away’.
More interesting statistics about trace subjects:
- 60% of subjects move within 20 miles of their previous address.
- 40% of subjects can be traced via proprietary tracing databases.
- 10% of subjects return to a previous address such as a parent’s or ex-partner’s address.