Safety Tips for Process Servers
Updated: May 9
Being a process server can be a dangerous job, as it often involves serving legal documents to individuals who may not want to receive them. Here are some safety tips for process servers to keep in mind:
Be aware of your surroundings: Always be alert and aware of your surroundings, especially when serving legal documents in potentially hostile environments.
Dress appropriately: Dress professionally and avoid wearing anything that could make you stand out or be easily identifiable.
Use caution when approaching individuals: Always approach individuals with caution but with a friendly calm demeanor and be prepared for any situation. If the individual becomes hostile or aggressive, it is best to retreat and seek assistance from the authorities.
Keep a low profile: Avoid attracting attention to yourself and try to blend in with your surroundings. Leave as soon as you serve your paper. Don't linger to chat with people or look around. This is to reduce the risk of being targeted by potential aggressors.
Notify someone of your location: Tell someone where you are. Especially when you are serving in a sketchy neighborhood or location. Tell that person to check in after a specific amount of time if they don't hear from you after the serve has been completed.
Travel in pairs whenever possible. it is best to travel with a partner. This can provide an extra level of safety and support in case of any issues that may arise. However, this is not really cost effective because only one process server is paid for the service at a time.
Trust your instincts: If you have any concerns about a specific situation, it is best to err on the side of caution and avoid it if possible. No paper or job is worth your life.
Plan ahead: Prepare for each service by researching the area and the individual you will be serving, and have a plan in place in case of any unexpected situations. Taking the time to prepare and follow safety guidelines can help process servers stay safe while they perform their duties. Always be aware of your surroundings, trust your instincts, and seek assistance from the authorities if necessary.