5 Reasons to Run a Background Check Now!

There are many reasons to run background checks. In today’s world which is often isolated due to busy schedules and on-line shopping, “communities” know each other less well. And, even if they do know each other, there are still many hidden secrets. We’ve brainstormed this, and come up with these compelling reasons you may not have thought of to check someone out:

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1. Check Your Baby Sitter or Child Caregiver’s Background

It goes without saying that everyone wants the best for their children. But how much do you really know about the people looking after your children? The look like nice people, but are they really? They might be. But they also might not be. Either way wouldn’t it be good to check your childcarer and have a complete report on their background for your own piece of mind and to protect your family?

2. Check Your Kids School Teachers

Running a background check on school teachers is just simple common-sense. In the USA, regrettably, our schools, are getting more and more dangerous. Wouldn’t you like to know if your kids’ teachers had any prior criminal issues? Even a speeding ticket, a DUI, or jumping from job to job could indicate a problem. Remember, our checks cover complete personal information. This includes whether the person is a sex offender, whether they have a history of abuse and neglect, driving records, criminal records, and much much more. Wouldn’t it be good to know this? Remember searching is easy. Just enter a first and last name and state and you will get preliminary results super fast.

3. Check Your Kids Playmates’ families

When I send my kids round to play with their friends, I am giving responsibility for the most precious things in my life to people that, in reality, sometimes I barely know. Thanks to our very advanced search technologies, I am able to make sure they are good people. This is not sneaky, this is just common sense. Everyone looks happy and smiley (or maybe not!) at the school gates or when the school bus arrives, but how much do you really know about your kids’ friends’ parents. There are many people with secrets out there.

4. Don’t forget to protect your home!

When we hire a house cleaner or domestic help/housekeepers / or a cleaning service etc and invite them into our homes, how much do we really know about them? Why are they working for you? Why did they leave their previous job? It makes perfect sense to check your housekeeper before letting them start work. If you think about it, even if you have a safe (and how many of us do?), how many valuable items do we all have in our homes. In a modest apartment, even a sound system will cost $300+ but in a large family home there is probably $100,000+ of important possessions – at least, and you certainly can’t fit those in a safe!

I know I’ve hired people before based on a recommendation and they’ve turned out to have problems. I wish I’d checked beforehand. And if I knew there were the tools available, I would have run a full background check. Now I know this, I check everyone who is important to the safety of my family and household. They will never know I’ve run the check, but I need to know I’m safe.

5. Check-Out Your Boss!

We all know that when we start a job (or when we’re in a job) we may be subject to pre-employment background checks, criminal background checks or a credit history check. This is quite normal. But how many of us think about checking out the company we work for properly. Yes, there are services out there like this one –  Glassdoor which helps people find jobs and also lets people review companies. Or there is LinkedIn where we can do some of our own due diligence on a company. But in reality, how much of that information is going to be a really fair reflection of the reality of a new employer. These websites tend to be marketing sites as much as informational sites. A great example of this type of practice is from Forbes where a restaurant in London is ranked #1 – and it doesn’t even exist!

So why don’t we do what employers do? Why don’t we run a background check on the people we’ll be working with – namely our new boss. It isn’t complicated. It’s actually very easy. Wouldn’t you like to know his true employment background? Wouldn’t you like to know if he has any criminal convictions? This background screening is as easy as pre-employment screening. Just enter the details and wait (you won’t wait long) for the results!

6. Bonus!

Remember, in 2019, it’s just not enough to check-out someone’s social media account. Even though this may show up some hilarious (and embarrassing) pictures and anecdotes of someone’s personal life, it in no way gives is the thorough profile that a background check does. It would be nice if we lived in a perfect world (just like it used to be ahhhh! [did it?]) but we don’t and we need to all take care of ourselves and our families.

We hope you find these ideas useful. Right now (12th March 2019) we are running a 3 day trial where you can get a trial and a basic search for $0.95 or a trial and complete background check for only $3.95. Why not take action now – run a search!

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