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Do It Yourself Background Checks in South Florida

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Utilizing public record databases to find criminal, civil, or traffic violations in South Florida became a little easier on Friday with the release of an updated and semi-comprehensive list of online resources.

Locating and identifying criminal history, civil litigation or traffic infraction history is but a click away. Access to resources relating to inmates, those on probation, parole or community control, sex offenders or missing children, in addition to stolen property or vehicles, is readily available as well.

“Comprehensive background checks are a necessity in today’s society,” Rico Petrocelli of Petrocelli & Associates in Plantation told South Florida Reporter.  “A background check is basically a report on an individual. It typically includes criminal history, financial history, education history, public records, or any combination of reports.”

While far from exhaustive – but a start – suggested below are some of the free or low-cost options available when conducting background research in South Florida.

Faith Based Events

Basic background checks

Sex offenders

Jail and state prison inmates

Wanted and missing persons

Stolen property

  • Florida Crime Information Center– Search for information on whether a vehicle, vehicle parts, boats, license plates, decals, guns and other items were reported lost or stolen in Florida.
  • VINCheck– Search the National Insurance Crime Bureau database to see if a vehicle has been reported stolen.

“Pre-employment background checks are an important part of our hiring process,”  Bob Simon of Pines Auto LLC in Davie, told South Florida Reporter. “We recently learned that one of our potential hires had several liens and a bankruptcy, along with an outstanding warrant for domestic violence.  Obviously, we didn’t hire this individual.”

Bill Lewis of Fort Lauderdale – Radio talk show host, Starbucks connoisseur, social media whiz, political consultant, extreme coupon shopper, identity theft expert, columnist, philanthropist and his kids Dad. As a nationally recognized credit repair and ID theft expert, Bill Lewis is principal of William E. Lewis Jr. & Associates, a solutions based professional consulting firm specializing in the discriminating individual, business or governmental entity.