Cox Commercial Services


Skip Tracing & Missing Persons


Including – Witness and Debtor Location

When it is not possible to locate a witness or debtor, the whole proceedings at hand can come to a standstill and in Missing Persons matters, an individual’s or family’s life could be changed forever by the location of a loved one.
Many Investigators, Process Servers and Commercial Agents simply do not have the requisite skills to locate ‘skips’ or missing persons.

In this regard, we are absolutely confident that our investigative background and 40 + years of experience means we are the right choice over our competitors.

All of our Agents involved in skip tracing and location enquiries are also licensed Private Inquiry Agents with the ability to conduct a range of investigations above and beyond that of a Mercantile Agent. They are also in a position to professionally carry out surveillance where required, which is often a necessary tool in skip tracing.

The nature of our enquiries may include, but are not limited to:-

  • Approaches to current occupants of a given address;
  • Approaches to current owners of a given address;
  • Approaches to neighbours;
  • Approaches to local shops and hotels, etc. (particularly if a smaller, close-knit community);
  • Research of employment history;
  • Discreet enquiries with any available references;
  • Database searches.

Skip tracing requires specialised skills for an effective success rate to avoid ‘throwing good money after bad’ so far as debts are concerned, and of course with respect to missing persons (particularly involving a family member or old friend) it is imperative that our Investigators achieve results with these matters of the heart. In this respect, we certainly have the right credentials in this highly sensitive area.

For further assistance, please contact the Mona Vale office of Cox Commercial Services Pty Ltd on (02) 9997-4122. Alternatively you can fill out our online form.


Part of effective Skip Tracing involves database searches. In this respect, we have direct on-line access to the following:-

  • A.S.I.C.
  • ABN Lookup
  • Land and Property Information (Australia-wide)
  • White Pages
  • Reverse Phones
  • Electoral Roll based search engines
  • Google
  • Social Media

Having access to these databases is important. However, equally so is the experience and knowledge to examine and understand the search results, particularly regarding ‘cross-matching’ of data.

Combined with professional Operatives in the field, we offer the very best in witness and debtor location or missing persons investigations.


Asset Searching & Background Checks


Location Of Assets


Before litigation is commenced, it is often prudent to establish the assets of a Debtor to determine whether proceedings would be worthwhile.

Whilst there is often principle involved, the commercial realities are that litigation would not be worthwhile if the Debtor was not a person of any financial substance.

Our access to databases, including the ASIC and LTO, enables us to thoroughly examine a person’s financial position and to ‘cross-match’ concealed assets, either under the guise of a corporate entity or through the involvement of relatives. In addition, we regularly use surveillance to clarify a debtor’s employment status, which may enable a garnishee of wages.

For more information about this very important service, please contact the Mona Vale office of Cox Commercial Services Pty Ltd on (02) 9997-4122. Alternatively you can fill out our online form.

Background Checks

Before engaging a new business partner, employing a person to that vital role or making an investment that may not necessarily be conventional, it is extremely important to arrange a thorough background check to determine the bona fides of all relevant parties.

Our Company has all the tools and resources to uncover information about those persons or organisations you intend to deal with. The old saying “an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure” is certainly relevant in these matters and we have the expertise to give you comprehensive background information to protect your future.


Romantic Background Checks


Catfish – “A catfish is someone who pretends to be someone they’re not using Facebook or other social media to create false identities, particularly to pursue deceptive online romances” (source – Urban Dictionary).

This type of modern day investigation is most effective in confirming a persons true identity and whether they are being honest with you about their life story, employment status and financial position.

According to recent statistics around one third of all marriages today involve couples that met online so although it is a viable way of meeting a partner, it can also be fraught with deception and even danger.

Consequently, if you believe you may have met that special someone, but some things are not quite adding up or there is distance involved and you have not met them; it is prudent to do some discreet homework to allay your concerns (or confirm them!).

Investigation costs can be tailored to your individual circumstances and can start with a few routine searches to at least verify basic information; or alternatively, where desired, we can conduct a full investigation to completely analyse a persons background and provide comprehensive information regarding all areas of their life.

An investigation like this could save you a great deal of wasted time on the wrong relationship or give you peace of mind to fully pursue a potential life partner, safe in the knowledge that they have been truthful in their dealings with you online.

There will always be an argument or concern that starting your involvement with another person by investigating their background is not romantic or ideal, however the reality of online meeting/dating means you initially do not know who you are communicating with – and it is now very different to the past when you often met a potential partner at work or through a friend where you actually spent time with them face to face.

The rules have now changed and any expenditure on this type of enquiry should be viewed as an investment to protect your future…..and potentially your safety.