Effective Methods for Conducting a Criminal Records Search

Avoid Becoming a Crime Victim

It’s usually never a bad idea to conduct a criminal record search when you are going to deal with someone that you do not know. It can be useful because it seems like more and more we hear stories of people meeting with someone they don’t know and becoming the unwitting victim of a crime. It doesn’t hurt to take precautions and be aware of the background of person you will be dealing with.

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There are different methods that you can use to investigate someone’s background to see if they have a criminal history. Any of these will be effective, so choose the one that makes the most sense for you.

Visit Local Offices for Criminal Records

First on the list is the manual method. In this method, you have visit a particular government office and write a letter that you want to get some information regarding a certain person. The approval of this letter will take a few days before you know the result. Most of the time, you should a valid reason in browsing these records. If you do not find anything important in that office, you can search other offices. This can be tiring and the most time consuming method of all. It also only covers the local area and so is not comprehensive.

Hire a Private Investigator

The next method that you can choose is to hire a private investigator. This is a little overkill, but private investigators are the most expert when it comes to searching someone’s criminal history. They know how to start and where to look for the important information that their clients need.

It can be quite expensive to hire a detective and is really only recommended for someone who wants to be anonymous in their search, and have someone else do the work for them.

Use the Internet for Background Research

And because of the internet, searching for the information that you need is easy to do yourself. There are free websites that you will encounter as you start your search. However, these are generally not recommended because the scope of records they pull from is narrow, and they cannot guarantee the user to gain all-important information that is needed for a search.

Since you can choose which websites that you want to use, look for those which pull from national, state, and local databases and have a high degree of accuracy. Also, be sure to run a national criminal database search to cover all bases. Each website should state that the report they provide is reliable and accurate.

Use a Reputable Site for Accurate Records

For best results, use a reputable site, preferably one that you can check for reviews and feedback from other people who have used it. They should provide a guarantee that you will get the important data that you need in a criminal records search and have a high quality database that pulls data from different resources.

The most reliable sites will charge for the service, and in this type of search, you really do get what you pay for. If you only want free information, it will not be nearly as accurate or up-to-date, so it is really useless. The best sites will have you verify the correct identity of the person you are checking on. All names that are similar will be pulled up with last known information, and once you choose the one that is the closest match to who you want, it will run the search and provide an accurate and quick report.