Do you know where the criminals are in your area
I was talking to someone recently about the importance of doing regular background checks on yourself to make sure that you don't have any arrest warrants and that your records are correct. I was shocked and amazed by what this person told me.
I know how embarrassing it can be when the police come and arrest you without warning. Not to mention the stress, upset, loss of work and the financial implications that are involved. It hasn't happened to me but I know someone who has experienced it. One way to try and avoid this situation is to do regular background checks so that you can spot any warrants early enough to get a lawyer to help you to give yourself up and straighten things out.
If you get an arrest warrant then simply move to another state to avoid it
I must have touched a nerve in the stranger that I was talking to because what he said to me next left me speechless. He laughed and told me that he and his wife both had active arrest warrants in a different state and they simply moved to avoid them. Apparently they had warrants in other states dating back years and they haven't been caught yet.
The police can't afford to enforce arrest warrants from other states
He explained to me that police departments aren't keen to chase people once they move out of the state that they committed the offence in. Apparently it's too expensive to cooperate with other police departments and I guess "out of state - out of mind".
Then the person confessed to me that both he and his wife had warrants in another state from years back and the've never been caught. Now I was worried! The thought that it was possible for criminals to avoid capture like this was one thing but someone openly discussing it with me was something else entirely.
It's very common for criminals to commit offences in one state then move to another when they get caught. Some even live in one state and commute to other states to commit crimes. The police almost never come after them unless they can catch them red handed in the act. This means that there might be far more criminals in your neighborhood than you imagined there could be.
Think about this for a moment. Any of your friends, neighbors, people you work with or hire to do work for you. Any of them might be criminals and you would never suspect it. That's a scary thought.
Protect yourself by knowing who the criminals are
So what can you do about it? You can do what I did right after my conversation with the stranger. Sign up at a public records web site where you can check out the arrest warrants, criminal records and other background information on anyone you want. It's not expensive compared with the peace of mind that you'll get from knowing where the criminals are. Start by checking out the people that you have most contact with and especially anyone that you are considering hiring to do any work for you. Then you can check out all the people that live in your area.
If you are brave then you can tip off the police about the whereabouts of these criminals trying to evade warrants. The least you should do is stay away from them and don't invite them into your home.
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Start doing background checks on people - You might get a surprise
Who knows what you'll find when you start to check out your friends and neighbors. You should check out the people who live near you and anyone you come into contact with. Make a point of doing active arrest warrant searches on anyone that you might hire to do any work for you and anyone you might date. You could save yourself a lot of problems and if they come up clean then you will have some peace of mind.