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Finding People You Have Lost Touch With

June 17, 2014 0 Comments


Tips from a Private Investigator VII

In today’s modern times, it is easy to lose touch with friends and family, but luckily finding people you have lost touch with may never be guaranteed but it is easier and cheaper than ever. We are so caught up with our own lives that we barely have time to see what’s happened to a neighbor living a block away. Also, relocating is another reason that breaks communication, eventually ending in lost contacts.

At some point though, you might find it both important and necessary to reconnect with these people who matter the most to you. The search becomes next to impossible, especially when you do not have any contact details. However, it is still possible to find these people. There are different ways you can use to get positive results with your search.

Use of Search Websites

The internet is a fantastic resource for searching long lost friends and others. There are web services which will charge a small fee to help you locate the people you are looking for. Some offer the service free of charge. These websites will require that you sign up and enter relevant information of the individuals you are looking for. One of the main issues of these types of sites is that they are for locations in more developed countries such as the UK and USA. In places such as Indonesia they do not exist as far as I know. You have the option of finding them by state, address and phone number. All possible matches will be displayed. A search by phone number tends to be more accurate.

Use of Social Media

There are different options when it comes to social media. The first includes Facebook, a social media site that has gained global popularity. By simply entering names, you will find it easier to locate the people you are looking for. You can also go through mutual friend profiles to try finding your lost contacts. Social media sites also have groups and they can include former school groups. You can therefore use such groups to try finding the person that you are looking for. It is one of the easiest ways of finding the people you are interested in. This is considering that almost everyone uses social media today. Never forget Facebook is not the only option – there are plenty more out there including LinkedIn, Friends Reunited, Instagram and many many more.

Use of Search Engines

You can directly enter the full name of the person you are looking for on a search engine. The most relevant results will then be displayed. With the results, you will know how to start with the search for the right person. The good thing with search engines is that they will give you the full details of matches making it easy to pick the right person. For instance, if the friend you are looking for started a business, you will get everything including the location of the business. It makes it easy for you to head straight to where they are.

Apart from the social media, search engines and web services, you can also (in some countries at least) try electoral register, land registry, marriage records and even death records. You can also try tracing them through former employers till you find their current employer. There are numerous options when it comes to finding individuals you have lost touch with. The finding will depend on how determined you really are in getting in touch with them. You can even go as far as writing a blog and promoting it locally to reap results. It is however important to be ready for the outcome relating to the urgency of your search. This is because their statuses might have changed during the separation.

Indonesia Private Investigation Agency  (IPIA) along with our sister agency  Bali Eye Private Investigation Agency  (BEPIA) are  fully registered Private Investigation Agencies offering private detective and private investigator services to the Private and Business sectors throughout Indonesia and South East Asia.




About the Author:

BEPIA's Indonesian Director of Investigations has worked on and directed over 400 cases. She has a Diploma (with distinction) in Private Investigation from the UK, and an Australian Government accredited certificate in Investigative Services.