Unfortunately, we live in a crazy world. We live in a world where trust has become a luxury. We live in a time when people lie to get what they are after. So it is no wonder that there is a need to search criminal records in some particular situations.
Whenever you feel offended that your landlord gets a criminal background check on you, ask yourself why. There is nothing personal about it. Maybe that landlord did not check the public criminal records on a previous tenant, and he got in trouble because that same previous tenant has conducted criminal activities from that house/apartment. Which is why he has become a skeptic. You cannot blame him, now can you?
Employers conduct a free criminal background check whenever they want to hire a new applicant. Again, there is nothing personal about it. It’s just that people lie in their job applications every day. If that employer wouldn’t ask for a background check, he may get in trouble. Annually, there are billions of dollars paid in damage due to labor fraud. That criminal background checks the employer requests are just a way of eliminating liability. You can’t blame him for that.
As you can see, and these are just two examples, two out of many, there is a legitimate reason behind a background check and criminal record check (keep in mind that there is a huge difference between the two). People get in trouble because of lying and cheating. If there is a way to overcome all that, why not do it?
Requests for a criminal background check have risen in volume lately. This is the reason why there is an entirely new industry on the rise. Apart from the government agencies that used to be the sole source for such information, now there are more and more third party companies that engage in the very same activity.
Each time you request criminal records search from one of the government agencies you have to pay a nominal fee. Don’t dream of thinking that you will get it for free. The same goes with these third party companies. The difference is that some of them offer a free background check. This applies until a certain point.
Unlike the government agencies, the private companies have levels. Your fee will depend on the extension of the information you require. Depending on the depth of the background, the whole thing can get a bit pricey.
All in all, I believe you can see the practicality of a criminal history check. Nowadays, we must accept it as something normal whenever we want to rent a new place to live or apply to a job. There are a whole lot more domains where it uses, but I believe this is a good thing. This way people may learn to be more honest, or even better, not to commit crimes in order to have a chance at a better job, a better home, a better life in general.