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.
Doug Wyllie is Editor at Large for PoliceOne, providing police training content on a wide range of topics and trends affecting the law enforcement community. Doug is the 2014 Western Publishing Association "Maggie Award" winner for Best Regularly Featured Digital Edition Column, and has authored more than 1,000 articles and tactical tips. Doug hosts the PoliceOne Podcast, Policing Matters, and is the host for PoliceOne Video interviews. 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).