Finding the mobile phone number of your suspect

By Tom Joyce, Lieutenant (Ret.), NYPD
As told to PoliceOne Senior Editor Doug Wyllie

Many people don’t even have a land-line phone anymore, but the mobile carriers do not share information about their customers with law enforcement. That’s a double edged sword. A public records company like LexisNexis is constantly mining more than 20,000 sources of data from public records, and accumulates billions of records for millions of people. Therein lies your opportunity to obtain the mobile phone number of your subject. Think about it. It stands to reason that your suspect might have (at some time or another) put his mobile phone number into a document that is part of the public record. All you need to do is leverage the search capabilities already at your fingertips and you might just find that elusive piece of information.




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About the author

Doug Wyllie is Editor in Chief of PoliceOne, responsible for setting the editorial direction of the website and managing the planned editorial features by our roster of expert writers. An award-winning columnist — he is the 2014 Western Publishing Association "Maggie Award" winner in the category of Best Regularly Featured Digital Edition Column — Doug has authored more than 900 feature articles and tactical tips on a wide range of topics and trends that affect the law enforcement community. Doug is a member of International Law Enforcement Educators and Trainers Association (ILEETA), an Associate Member of the California Peace Officers' Association (CPOA), and a member of the Public Safety Writers Association (PSWA). Even in his "spare" time, he is active in his support for the law enforcement community, contributing his time and talents toward police-related charitable events as well as participating in force-on-force training, search-and-rescue training, and other scenario-based training designed to prepare cops for the fight they face every day on the street.

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