“I would have never dealt with him if I knew what kind of person he was!” How many times has this been said? It happens often in business relationships when one person is not as honest as the other. We deal with strangers on a daily basis in different circumstances. We don’t know who they are and what kind of people they are. Our children go to school and daycare. They play with the neighborhood kids and go to their friends’ houses. They go online to chat with their friends. They talk on the phone. They go on dates. Do we always know who they deal with? Do we really know our neighbors? More often than not the phrase, “I should have known…” is said when it is too late. There is a way to find more about people we live with, whom our kids deal with, whom we do business with. A simple background check will uncover the information that will help to decide who can be trusted and who can not.
A lot of information is collected on almost every individual living in the US. This information includes but is not limited to criminal record, lawsuits, bankruptcies. liens, addresses and phone numbers, marriage and divorce records, driving records, etc. Background information is publicly available and can be found at local, state and federal government agencies. Years ago it would take many days to collect it. Today certain companies gather this information and make it available in one spot for a low fee. One can do a background check in a matter of minutes for less than fifty dollars per record. This is valuable when it comes to protecting our loved ones.
Appearances can be very deceiving. Various offenders are released from prisons into our neighborhoods on a daily basis. Government does not always properly notify the neighbors when it happens. They may find their ways to schools and daycare. It is easy to pretend to obtain forged documents, to pretend to be someone else. Our neighbors do not look or act like criminals. We may trust them with our kids, our possessions. Getting a background check will help us gain a peace of mind before doing so.