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Warrants and Most Wanted Persons

June 26th, 2014 · California, federal, Florida, Oregon, Washington

One of the many types of information provided by law enforcement agencies throughout the country are online links for “most wanted persons” and “warrants.”

Using our main “Warrant Records Resources” page, you can access a large number of national warrant links such as Drug Enforcement Administration’s “fugitives” website searchable by field office locations; the FBI Most Wanted “terrorists and fugitives” website; and Environmental Protection Agency’s “fugitives wanted for environmental crimes,” These are just some of the national warrant links that our website provides.

Our website also provides links to state and local municipal websites such as felony warrants, misdemeanor warrants, and non-support warrants. Some of the municipal websites include California’s Los Angeles’ Crimestoppers “most wanted and missing persons” website, Florida’s Highway Patrol “most wanted persons” including those persons wanted for identity theft, the State of Oregon Benton County “Parole and Probation Violation Absconders,” and Washington State “Child Support Fugitives” for those parents wanted for non-payment of child support.”

These links provide a valuable resource for both the public and municipal agencies by increasing the chances for apprehending persons wanted for a variety of reasons. The links can also be used for purposes of researching a neighbor, a prospective tenant, a potential employee, or to verify that an ex-spouse is listed appropriately on your state’s “child support” website. The availability and use of these types of links provides a great public service increasing the chances for apprehending potentially dangerous persons.

You can access other types of public records on our “Free Public Records Search Directory” website including such subjects as land records, property tax records, permit records, and more.

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Vehicle Safety and Recalls

May 25th, 2014 · federal

There have been a lot of news reports in the papers and on the air recently regarding vehicle safety and recalls. If you have concerns about the vehicle that you’re driving or questions about any recalls of a vehicle that you’re planning to buy, there are online resources available to help you.

Using our “Traffic Cameras and Reports Resources” website, you can access several websites provided by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. The NHTSA’s main website “safercar.gov” provides links for crash test ratings, recalls and investigations, complaints and defects, car seats, safety technologies, and tire safety.

The “crash test” site includes safety ratings for 1990 – 2010 vehicles, and 2011 and newer vehicles. You can search the safety ratings by model, class or manufacturer including the ability to compare multiple vehicles. The “search safety issues” link provides a search of recalls, investigations and complaints by year, make and model. On the “vehicle complaint” website you can file a complaint online by providing your vehicle information, incident information including date and details of incident, and personal contact information. Complaints can also be made by mail or phone. The “car seat” website includes helpful information about how to choose the right car seat, how to install the car seat properly, and the importance of registering the car seat including an online registration. NHTSA’s “safety technology” website provides information about its 5-Star Safety Ratings System and enhanced technology that’s making cars safer. The “tire safety” website provides useful tips for buying and maintaining tires including a section regarding tire recalls and complaints.

Rather than checking the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration website periodically, you can sign up to receive recall notifications by email for tires, car seats, all vehicles or up to 5 specific vehicles. There are also mobile apps available to receive recall notices on your mobile phone.

Since so many of us rely on the safety of our cars, using the above links can provide valuable information to help us make informed decisions. In addition to recall information, our “Traffic” page also provides links to traffic cameras and traffic reports by state, county and city.

For other types of records, our “Free Public Records Search Directory” provides a variety of links searchable by jurisdiction or category including property tax records, land records, permit records, and more.

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Search for Your Unclaimed Cash

April 27th, 2014 · Alabama, Florida, Indiana, Louisiana, North Carolina, Washington

Today, April 25, 2014, I heard an advertisement on the radio for the State of Washington’s “Claim Your Cash” website. The radio advertisement encourages people to check the State’s unclaimed property website for money that is being held by the State. Generally, unclaimed property is money that is forwarded to the State by organizations that held funds which had not been claimed by the rightful owner within a three year period. Unclaimed property consists of bank accounts, insurance proceeds, utility deposits and uncashed checks.

In Washington State, the funds are held by the State until claimed by the rightful owner. There is no time limit to file a claim with the State. Washington’s “Claim Your Cash” website is easy to use and can be searched by name. The results provide the name of the party, last known address, name of organization, description of property, and approximate range of value. If you find funds that you believe belong to you, you can submit a claim online or by mail.

Each state has its own procedures for processing unclaimed property including notices by mail, an annual list published in the newspaper and even through radio advertisements.

If you want to search for unclaimed property, you can use our “Unclaimed and Abandoned Property Resources” website, where you can access unclaimed property websites for all 50 states including a national “unclaimed property” website. Some examples of state websites include Alabama’s “money quest” website, and Florida’s “treasure hunt” website where you can search for unclaimed property, check on the status of a claim, or respond to a notice from the State. If you want to search Indiana’s “unclaimed property,” you can check its website online or by using a mobile app. Louisiana’s “unclaimed property” website can be searched by name and by parish, and North Carolina’s “unclaimed property” website provides a statewide list that can be searched by county.

In addition to the state links, there is also a link for the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation (FDIC) which has “unclaimed funds” from failed banks and savings and loan associations that can be searched by your name and the name of the failed institution.

If finding unclaimed funds seems like a long shot, you would probably be shocked to know that states receive millions of dollars of unclaimed funds each year. For example, Missouri is holding almost $810 million in unclaimed funds, and according to Utah’s website, $14,000,000 was returned by Utah to rightful owners between July 2011 and June 2012. Lastly, the State of Washington has returned over 1 billion dollars in unclaimed funds since 1955.

It could definitely be worth your time to go online and search for money for yourself, a family member or deceased relative. Good luck with your search!

If you are interested in searching other types of public records, you can use our “Free Public Records Search Directory” website which includes land records, birth records, death records, laws, and more.

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