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How Dangerous is Process Serving?

Process serving is a very adaptable and laid-back career that is perfect for those who don’t want to be confined to a chair all day. But did you know that process servers have an extremely hazardous job? Some of the biggest threats to process servers include:


The main concern of process service is, as you might expect, violent recipients of process. Process servers have been assaulted and even murdered by enraged defendants upset about their legal case.

It’s critical to know the recipient’s criminal history and any outstanding charges so you can approach risky defendants safely. If the recipient has a history of violent offenses, never attempt service alone, and consider service in a public location. If the recipient has pending charges, you may be able to catch them at their next court date.

Unfamiliar Surroundings

Another danger of serving is that you may have to visit unfamiliar places to find process recipients. Some locations may be known as hot spots for criminal activity, so it’s critical to research them first if you’re attempting service there.

Always map out your route, including potential points of entry and exit for any buildings you have to enter. Google Maps will be your best friend when planning service in unfamiliar locations.

Insufficient Legal Protections

Process servers are typically categorized as contractors, not employees. Process servers who experience problems while working, such as assault or harrassment, must handle them via the court system. This is slow and inefficient when compared to the arbitration and mediation options offered to most workers.

Safety is Our Priority at Accurate Serve®

At Accurate Serve® in Atlanta, we know the dangers of serving process and how to mitigate them. Safety is always our top priority for our servers, clients, and process recipients. Contact us at (404) 924-4838 or submit a request for service online. If you are outside the Atlanta area, visit https://www.theaccurateservefranchise.com/ to find the office closest to you.