As a bail bond agent,the last thing you want to do is put up the money for a defendant and never check back in with them. A check-in lets you know what’s happening with the client. It gives you a good idea if they will show up in court or fail to appear. While you may want them to check in with you immediately,a 24-hour window after release from jail is better for them. This allows them to go home,get some rest,a hot shower and some food. While most bail bond agents demand a physical check-in,you don’t have to impose that on your clients. What are some of the ways to check-in with your clients? These are best practices for the typical Bail Bond Agency.
- Physical Check-Ins â This is where the client visits you every time you ask them or you check-in on them at home or their place of business. This option is useful more for those who live in your area of business or who are at higher risk for potentially fleeing jurisdiction.
- Telephone Check-Ins â This option is ideal for clients who are at low risk of fleeing. The process is known as the telephonic trap line,and it works by giving the client a unique PIN that lets agents know who is checking-in. This process also works for when you’re not around,and calls go to voicemail.
- Website Check-Ins â This works best for those who are at the lowest risk of fleeing. If you use a website for your company,you can create a page just for electronic check-ins.
You can also use a combination of these check-ins as well as GPS monitoring when necessary!