Criminal record check facilities for those who need to search a persons background for whatever reason are done on a regular basis by the general public, private investigators and even certain police forces. Checks are commonly done by employers looking to find out more about a particular persons background before they decide whether or not to employ them. It is all too easy for a previously convicted criminal to lie about their record and pretend that they have never been involved in crime and for this reason amongst others, the facilities exist.
Private investigators use criminal record check facilities to find out more on the background of a person that they may have been hired to investigate. Large databases exist containing information on people who have committed theft, rape, murder and a whole host of various other crimes. Having access to and being able to search these databases is sometimes possible to get for free but mostly needs to be paid for if a person is looking for specific information with intricate details.
Employers, specifically larger companies will not hire someone until they have fully scrutinised that persons history and made sure they are who they say they are and not lying about any previous records. Many businesses have hired ex-convicts at their company without knowing it, only to have found out at a later stage when things have gone missing or someone has been hurt. Of course, that’s not to say that everyone who ever committed an offence will do it again, but it has happened a lot in the past before criminal record check facilities were available.