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What Is a Background Check?

Background checks are investigations performed on individuals, companies, business and other entities by private investigators with the intention of verifying or uncovering information.

In the past, background checks were mostly associated with uncovering criminal records or companies that were about to enter into major business deals. However, a lot has changed in recent times, and people from all walks of life are now contacting private investigators to have background checks carried out.


Why Would You Need A Private Investigator To Carry Out A Background Check?

Private investigators have been asked to carry out background checks in many different scenarios. Some situations in which you might need an investigator to carry out a background check include:

  • If you're an employer screening a potential employee
  • You're a landlord screening a potential tenant
  • You or your business is about to enter into a major deal with another entity e.g. a merger, supply contract etc.
  • You've met a romantic partner online and would like to verify that it's safe to continue interacting with them or meet them.
  • You're about to get married to someone and would like to confirm there are no skeletons in their closet etc.

As you can see, the situations are quite varied. Some private detectives have even specialized and only conduct specific types of background checks.


What Types Of Background Checks Are There And What Information Can They Reveal?

Not every background check is the same, and not every private investigator can provide you with the kind of background check you need.

Some of the different types of background checks done by private investigators are:

  • Criminal record check: This type of check focuses on whether someone has a criminal record. Although it's mostly used by employers, it can also serve landlords and romantic partners quite well. This type of check can identify convictions, arrests, dismissed charges etc.
  • Financial background check: This type of background check is usually requested by financial institutions, employers and marital partners. These checks are meant to reveal irregularities in spending, credit history and other financial information that is relevant.
  • Personal background check: This type of check encompasses many different checks that can reveal information about a person's personal life. For example, a potential love interest may want to confirm that their partner isn't married.
  • Driving Record Check: A private investigator can help you to find out if the person you're about to hire to drive the company car has a history of poor driving.
  • License status check: When you need someone to perform specific services, you may want to confirm that they're actually licensed. A private investigator can check if the person's license is valid.

Who Can Perform A Background Check For You?

If you need a background check, your best bet is to hire a private investigator. Private detective background checks rarely leave any stone unturned. This comes from skill and experience acquired after years on the job. Additionally, because of their code of conduct, a private investigator will not hide any information from you or reveal information about you if discretion is important.

Therefore, with a background check performed by a private investigator, you'll get a professional service that you can rely on.