If you are suspicious about a dicey character you have come into contact or are investigating the background of a potential employee, consulting criminal background checks online can be a way of surfacing any dodgy dealings in the person’s past. Performing a criminal check can give you the peace of mind that you need or it can help you to make a decision or prevent something bad from happening.
Who should conduct a criminal record check?
There are a number of reasons someone may choose to conduct criminal background checks online. This includes, but is not limited to, the following circumstances:
- People who are suspicious about a neighbor, colleague, or anyone they feel could be dangerous.
- Checking that a potential employee has a sound, crime-free history as a means of judging their character and habits.
- People who are intending to travel or immigrate may need to have an official criminal record check done.
- To check the criminal history of people who want to rent or borrow your property (including hiring, leases etc).
Although it is not possible to conduct official criminal background check online, there are other ways of investigating a person’s history. There are a number of background search resources found online which can help you to find out more about the person you are interested in or suspicious of.
A criminal record check is more detailed than a normal background check and you may need to ask the person to provide you with an official police clearance certificate that they have got themselves. When conducting a normal background check, you can follow up on references provided by the person and conduct other such research online. A criminal background check, on the other hand, digs deeper into a person’s personal history to see if the person has had any criminal involvement. This more detailed information is not always readily available to the public, even online. To really find out about a person’s criminal history you will have to contact the police force or use the services of a private investigator.
If you would like to delve into a person’s history online, there are ways in which you can investigate their background. The simplest way is to conduct a general online search using the person’s name and any other information you have. You can then sift through the search results and see what turns up. Consider suing a people finder such as Pipl (www.pipl.com). This website searches the “deep web” to turn up more results. You enter the person’s name or any other information and the website will draw up a profile for that person using the information you have provided. Here you can see any web content relating to that person.
Another way of investigating a criminal record is to search through online public databases. Although you may not have access to this information, the police and professionals such as lawyers and private investigators may be able to help you out if you have due reason for your investigation. Criminal activity to look out for includes sex offences, theft, lawsuits, bankruptcies, judgments and other misdemeanors.
An accessible criminal record that can be investigated is the person’s credit history. This may be of interest to you if you intend on loaning someone money, or renting something out to them. By checking their credit history you can see how reliable they are when it comes to paying back money owed. You are entitled to ask for this information in certain circumstances and such services can be provided through the national credit bureau.
Companies which would like to perform criminal record checks can pay for a computer program which runs the person’s identification number through a series of criminal databases. The company pays for a fee for each search conducted to the service provider. This service is commonly used by companies who hire out goods to the public to ensure that their goods will return safely back to their possession.