Video Summary Of: The Hidden Dangers of Instant Background Checks

, , , | March 27, 2024 | By



In today's fast-paced world, the allure of instant solutions is undeniable. From fast food to one-click online shopping, we crave immediacy. Unfortunately, when it comes to background checks, particularly in the realm of criminal database searches, instant doesn't always mean better—or safer. Employers seeking to ensure the security of their businesses and customers may be tempted by the quick turnaround of instant background checks. However, they should be wary of the false sense of security these checks can provide. Here's why instant checks may not be the safe harbor they appear to be.

The Perils of Sole Reliance on Database Searches

Databases are often perceived as omniscient vaults of information. In the context of criminal background checks, though, they are more akin to patchwork quilts, incomplete and not entirely reliable. The truth is, not all databases are comprehensive. Many lack critical records that could alter the decision-making process when hiring new employees.

Using criminal database searches alone can lead to missed records, meaning that employers might unknowingly hire individuals with criminal backgrounds that pose risks to their business. This is not just about missing a misdemeanor here or there—it's about ensuring that workplaces are safe and secure for everyone.

Verification at the Source: The Keystone of Accuracy

Database records are not verified by default. The data they contain could be outdated, incorrect, or incomplete. For the most accurate records, verification at the source is paramount. This means going directly to the county level, where the majority of criminal records are filed and considered the "source of truth." This meticulous approach is time-consuming but necessary to ensure that the information on which employers are basing their decisions is correct and up-to-date.

The Role of Database Searches in Background Checks

Database searches do have a place in the background check process. They can serve as a pointer or a starting point, helping to quickly identify potential records that warrant further investigation. But they should not be the be-all and end-all of a background check process. Any information gleaned from these databases should be thoroughly scrutinized and verified at the county level to ensure its accuracy.

BIB's Commitment to Verified Background Checks

At Background Information Bureau (BIB), we understand the critical importance of thorough and accurate background checks. That's why we have chosen not to sell instant searches. Our commitment is to verify all database search records, ensuring that the information we provide to our clients is dependable and accurate.

BIB's proprietary National Criminal Record Locator is an exemplar of our rigorous approach. It contains over 400 million unique records from more than 2,400 sources, which is ten times greater than the FBI's database. But we don't stop there. If a criminal record is found, we verify the data at the official source of record—normally at the county level—before reporting to our clients. This process is not just about compliance; it's about protection.

In Conclusion

Instant checks may seem appealing, but they come with risks that no employer should be willing to take. Background checks are a critical component of the hiring process, and accuracy is non-negotiable. Employers must be vigilant in their background check processes, seeking verified information that will protect their businesses, employees, and customers.

Remember, when it comes to background checks, patience is not just a virtue—it's a necessity. Trust in a provider like BIB that values thoroughness and accuracy over the allure of instantaneity. After all, the safety and integrity of your business depend on it.