The Big Lie.

Well… Okay.  One of the big lies.  But this one drives me crazy!

There is no such thing as a national criminal records check.  Not a good one anyway.

What do I mean by “a good one”?  Simply this…

If you ran one of these for a client and they thought, “Cool this guy’s got no criminal history.” then it’s a bad check.  The currently available nationwide criminal records checks are so full of holes and miss so much you simply can’t say the guy is clean.

If something comes up, then you’ve got a good starting point for a more through records check.  So maybe you fell backwards into a break in your case, but that’s not what most clients want when they pay for one of these checks.

And unless you know exactly what you’re getting and why you want to run the check, you can be lured into spending money on something that, at best doesn’t help, and at worst gives you a false sense of security.

Check out the video.

I would love to hear your perspective on this.  Leave a comment.

2 thoughts on “The Big Lie.

  1. Larry, I love the videos and the tips, however I have heard of agencies and some fortune 500 large corporations that claim they have access to the NCIC(National Crime Information Center) the FBI database of any arrests made of most people. Do you have any info on how an agency can access this or is it limited? Please advise.

    • I don’t know of any private sector company that has legal access to this info except for specific permissible purposes. They might have access if they contracted with law enforcement, but then they still wouldn’t be able to legally access it for private citizens. Thanks for the question.

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