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5 Situations When You Should Request a Background Check

Now let’s get one thing straight: background checks are not only about uncovering dirt of an individual’s personal life. Nor are they solely intended to uncover skeletons in one’s closet, or to cast judgment upon them. They are, in contrast, a method of minimizing risk. A thorough background search through a private investigation agency can help uncover valuable information about an individual that can give you the confidence and peace of mind to make an informed decision and safeguard yourself, your loved ones, or your business.

What can a background search tell you that you don’t already know? A great deal! Consider what a candidate tells you in an interview setting, or on a resume, to be the tip of the iceberg. A comprehensive background check can help you do a deep dive into their history, to uncover or verify the following information lurking below the surface:

  • Relationship Status
  • Employment Verification
  • Superior & Provincial Court Searches
  • Civil Litigation Search
  • Criminal Background Checks
  • Asset Searches
  • Social Media Monitoring
  • Credential Verification
  • Reference Verification
  • Bankruptcy Inquiries
  • Social Media Monitoring
  • Corporation Search
  • Pre-Employment Screening
  • Drivers Record
  • Education Verifications

The type of information that a private investigator can legally gather varies between provinces, so ensure that you are seeking the help of a trusted, experienced agency that is committed to working within the confines of the law.

Unsure whether a background search is the right option for you? Below we present 5 scenarios where a background search through a trusted, licenced private investigator can help dramatically improve your outcome through strategic risk prevention.

Custody Asset & Property Search

Child custody agreements can in some cases become a tangled web of accusations, as each side attempts to fight over rights and control of their children. A background search through a private investigation agency can help uncover assets that one party may be trying to conceal in order to avoid paying more child support. This is what we call an “asset search” and is a common form of background searching performed by private investigators in child custody disputes.

Relationship & Pre-Martial Background Check

If you have met your soul mate or you are getting married and would like some reassurance before saying “I do”, perhaps a discreet dive into their history would be valuable. We’re all guilty of allowing our emotions to cloud our judgement; sometimes the adrenaline buzz of planning a wedding can overshadow the need to ensure that the person you’re committing your life to is the person your think they are. A pre-marriage background check helps you step into your new marriage with clarity, knowing that your “I do” is shared with someone you can trust.  This background check can involve a search into your potential spouse’s criminal history, identity, financial records, and even martial status. Learning that your soon-to-be spouse is already married, is something you want to might want to know before you walk down the aisle!

Child & Senior Care-Giver Background Search

When placing the well-being and care of your child or loved one in the hands of another individual, it is essential to have a full view of their background. After all, you are putting a lot of trust into a complete stranger, who will not only have access to your children/loved one, but also your home. 

In most cases, particularly when a caregiver is hired through an agency, your knowledge of their history is fairly limited. A background check is a great way to conduct your due diligence search and eliminate concerns around identification misrepresentation, fraud and theft. Knowing their past and present life situation through a thorough background check is a great way to protect your family and minimize any risks.

Corporate Investigation

Should you be preparing to sign a business contract that holds considerable weight (such as the formation of a corporation, a merger, or a significant service contract), you may feel more comfortable requesting a background check, to ensure that your signing parties are not concealing anything from their past which may jeopardize the business transaction.

Pre-Employment Screening

Prior to bringing an individual onto your professional team, as a hire or an employee, you may want to consider an employment background check to ensure that there are no red flags in their personal or professional history that may make them a liability within this position. As part of your company, this individual will have access to proprietary information about your business, as well as your clients. Ensuring that the new hire has no connection to a competitor, or a history of fraud, can save you from significant future losses or breaches down the line.

An employer may also consider an in-depth background search if the individual will be working with vulnerable populations such as children, the elderly, or the disabled. These positions demand a high degree of trust, and therefore employers should ensure that the individual does not have a history of past conduct which may put the safety of these vulnerable persons at risk.

Keep in mind that this is only a small sampling of the multitude of reasons why a client may request an in-depth background search. Should you be considering a background check, put your trust in the Expertise and Experience of The Team at Star Quality Private Investigations. Toronto’s leading Investigation Agency, we hold the industry’s highest success rate in detailed background checks for corporate, personal and legal matters.  Each service is customized to meet your timeline and information requests. As with all our investigation services, confidentiality and communication are paramount. A world class Private Investigations Team custom built for you. Let’s Solve It Together.

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