criminal recordsThese days you never know who you may end up dating. People come from all walks of life, and everyone has a past. Unfortunately, some people have a past that you need to find out about before you later regret it. Although most people are aware of this, the real question is how to go about getting a thorough background check. Following are a few things to consider doing to get information about the person you are dating.

Do a Search on Sex Offender Registry Sites

Unlike a con artist who may not manifest himself for several months, this type of criminal can do you physical harm in a short period of time. A sex offender registry is one way to find out about your new friend, be it he or she. And they must have already been convicted of a sex crime. That is one drawback. The other is that a person can be a criminal of a different nature and still be dangerous to date. One example is someone convicted of domestic violence. Although limited in scope, this type of website is usually free.

Paid Online Search Services

There are several websites that, for a fee, will allow you to search for criminal records and possibly other red flags. This type of service allows you to look for criminal records, marriages, divorces, bankruptcies, tax liens and other similar information. Although there is some value to this information, it is limited in scope.

However, these searches are known to be very unreliable. They are done without any verification so the criminal and other records you see may or may not be for the right person. It is also against the law to use them for pre-employment searches.

Hiring a Private Investigation Firm

When you are dating someone with the possibility of a romantic relationship, your entire life is on the line. Not just the possibility of a heartbreak, but the risk of bodily harm or in the case of a con artist, financial loss. A professional PI firm such as ours can do a robust background check. Not only can we look at criminal records, but we can also check for outstanding warrants, and not just local but across state lines as well. Equally important is the identity of the person you are dating. A paid online search service will not help you if the person has changed their name. We can find out if the person you are dating has an alias, and if they have used a different social security number in the past.

Casual dating is fine, but the moment you start to take a serious interest in someone, you may need to do a background check before you go down a road you may later regret. The best way is with a private investigation firm like ours. We offer different levels of background checks, and if it is worth it to you, we can interview people from your love interest’s past to get a complete picture of him or her. Contact us today, and we can give you a complete range of background check options we offer to our clientele.

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Bruce Robertson

Bruce Robertson is a private investigator and founder of Tristar Investigation, California’s premiere detective agency. Bruce is also a media commentator for the investigation industry, featured in the New York Times, CNN, History Channel, MSNBC, Los Angeles Times and many more. You can find him on Google+ LinkedIn and YouTube.