Private Investigator Background Check Services
Private investigator background check services are done for a variety of reasons and for a variety of individuals and organizations. But before going into the different types of background checks and the reasons for using them, it's good to know that there are two approaches when checking someone out. These approaches are Overt and Covert background checks. What's the difference?
- Overt: an Overt (out in the open, not hidden) background check will be carried out with the FULL knowledge of the subject that the check is being done upon. The subject will have signed a consent form giving authority to ask for and obtain personal information about them.
- Covert: a Covert (hidden, not revealed) background check will be done by a background check investigator without the knowledge of the subject.
Again, depending on the circumstances will determine the approach that is taken. But bear in mind, if the subject is aware of impending checks and if they have criminal intent then the chances are they will strike first, or with a bit of luck, promptly leave the scene. Here are some of the different types of background checks done by private investigators:
Personal background checks
This service is simply checking out who someone is or is about to associate with on a personal level. Examples of this type of personal background checking is for pre-dating or dating - finding out more about the online date you've just met; or, a pre-nuptial background check where significant finances, property and assets are at stake. A personal private investigator background check on a potential spouse could save thousands later on. This type of check can be done with the partner's knowledge or not.
Employment / employee background check
This is a background check for employment and checking the details, past employment history and records of potential employees. Pre-employment background checks are an integral part of the hiring process in companies, particularly companies that have highly sensitive work and information.
Employee background screening services by private investigators are usually done with the full consent of the applicant and before any contracts of employment are signed. Potential candidates for high powering positions go through the process of having their full work history, education and qualifications scrutinized in case they fraudulently acquire a position with pay they are not qualified for. Likewise, in the lower ranks of the workforce, background screening and employment history background checks ensure a business gets what it has asked for.
Company background checks
A private investigator background search service on a company or business, checks to see if the business is what it is and not just a fake front held up with words alone and clever lies. This type of check - done on the business itself and not an individual - is beneficial when takeovers or buyouts or impending business purchases are contemplated. The company assets, records and materials are scrutinized for their veracity to ensure the buyer is not being led down the garden path by a con-artist, or fraudsters fluffing up a failing or bankrupt business.
Apart from inspecting the actual company records, the investigator will also focus on the owners and directors of the company. For this type of background check the private investigator will usually have the added skill in forensic accounting or business accounting to make sure the numbers add up.
Nanny background check
If you are in a position of having to employ a nanny or au-pair to help around the house and look after your children, then it will be most advisable to get a nanny background check, particularly if leaving the children alone with them. There are companies that specialize in hiring out people as nannies, au-pairs, and home helpers and as a matter of course perform their own nanny background checks.
However, it is important to know that when you hire a private investigator - who will conduct the usual checks - that you can also ask them, as part of the private investigator's background checking service, to install a hidden spy camera, or nanny cam as they are known. This nanny cam will record the nanny with your child, giving you first-hand knowledge of how they treat your child when you are away.
Tenant background checks
Being a landlord you are simply putting your property in the hands of total strangers. Using the services of private investigator to do a background check on a potential tenant can give you a feeling of security. Nothing is worse than a tenant doing a disappearing act with rent owed, or gutting the property, selling the fixtures and fittings, or even using the property as a brothel. A renter background check should be done before any lease agreement is signed and most definitely before any keys are handed over.