We live in a society where many dangerous people exist. It can be stressful to try and sus out the dangerous people without going overboard and shutting out perfectly fine and kind people. There are some ways to go about this so you can be as safe as possible while trying to navigate the already complicated world of dating. One of the simplest ways you can go about this is to make sure that you do an arrest record search before each date. But how could that help, and how exactly does one go about that?

It might be a lot simpler than you realize. There is all sorts of information available because of the internet, and there are a lot of laws in place that make a surprising amount of information available to anyone that knows how to find it. You could very easily do a search for someone’s arrest record before your date to make sure that they’re safe, and honestly, we would recommend that everyone do it. It’s both easy and quick if you do it the right way, and this simple step before every single date can save you a lot of headaches in the near future.

The Reason for Doing Arrest Records Searches Before Dates

We’re all been there. You meet some cutie on Tinder, Bumble, or Grinder if you swing that way. They seem great. Charming, cute, funny, the works. Then you actually start hanging out with them, and some red flags start appearing. More time passes and you decide to ghost them because it’s best for you, or you decide to tell them that you’re cutting them off. In any case, something has come up and you’ve decided that you need to cut off contact with them.

Sometimes, that’s the end of it. They take the hint and move on. They might throw a little fit beforehand and try to make you feel like the bad guy, but it doesn’t go much further than that. Unfortunately, sometimes that’s not the end of it. Without doing a search into someone’s arrest records beforehand, you could miss out on important pieces of information. Like, for instance, it’s possible that they’ve been arrested for stalking on multiple occasions, and that’s led to them having several restraining orders against them. That’s the kind of information that you’d want to know before going on a date with someone, and especially before letting them know where they live.

Things can get a lot darker than that in the dating world, and it’s hard to tell based on the way someone writes their dating profile or even presents themselves. Many abusive people, even people that have been convicted of committing abusive acts, can come off as incredibly charming and well put together. That’s how so many of them can get away with the acts that they do. Fortunately, in many cases, you can find out if the person in question has these kinds of tendencies by looking into their arrest records.

Really, at the end of the day, looking into someone’s arrest records allows you access to information that you wouldn’t have had before. The more you know about someone before deciding to go on a date with them, the more likely you are to be able to save yourself a great deal of trouble. Even finding out that the person you’re about to go on a date with has a clean background allows you to take a breath of fresh air, knowing that you’re likely going on a date with a safer person.

Arrest record checks can also be done super quickly if you know the right method. We’ll cover this in greater detail in the next section, but you could easily do this kind of check while you’re waiting in line for coffee or even while you’re pumping gas. It takes that little amount of time to make sure that you aren’t about to walk into a date with someone who could end up being a threat to your well-being on both a mental and physical level. You could even teach your friends and family members to do the same, so you can be sure that everyone is being as safe as possible.

How to Find Arrest Records Before a Date

The process for finding arrest records is pretty simple, but there are a couple of methods that are worth looking over in this section. Not both of them are incredibly fast, but it’s good to know about both methods before starting just so you can be sure that you have all of the information you need before embarking on such an endeavor. By knowing both of the methods, you’ll have a little more context when deciding how you personally want to go about these kinds of searches.

The first method is the first one that comes to most people’s minds when they think about trying to find someone’s arrest records because it’s pretty intuitive. This first method is simply checking your local law enforcement’s website. In most counties, this will be your Sheriff’s Department’s website, but some counties allow the Forsyth County Court System Overview to handle this kind of information. It’s pretty common for counties to provide arrest record information at a minimum, but some go so far as providing warrant information as well. In most cases, when you look at someone’s arrests, you’ll need to view them individually. Each record will contain the name of the person in question, the date of the arrest, and why they were arrested.

One of the reasons why this method can be detrimental to your search is the fact that not every county provides these databases. There isn’t a law that requires every county to post arrest records online for the public to easily find, so many counties simply decide not to. There are many different reasons why a county might opt-out of having this kind of database. Sometimes it’s not within their budget. After all, this kind of database can be mighty expensive, and even the police have overhead. Sometimes counties simply don’t want to make this kind of information available, and that’s the only reason that they have for not providing it.

If the county you live in doesn’t provide arrest records, your search could come to an end very quickly without you receiving the information that you were looking for. This method also punished those that like to be thorough because there isn’t one collective arrest record archive provided by law enforcement that you can look through. Each county needs to be checked individually, meaning that if you want to make sure you’re getting all of the available information, you could run into some problems. Even if you know of a few counties the person in question lived in, and they all provide arrest records, you could still be missing out on the one county that would have the information that you need.

This is where personal background check services come in handy. These services are fast, accurate, and incredibly simple to search with. All you need is the first name and last name of the person you’re going to go on a date with as well as the state that they currently live in. After you enter that information and hit the search button, the website will do the heavy lifting for you. In most cases, depending on which service you go through, you can get the search results you’re looking for instantly.

These services operate in a pretty fascinating way. In the best personal background check services, everything is set up to optimize efficiency and accuracy to make sure that their users are getting the best information available. Their systems are able to scan thousands upon thousands of databases for public records instantly. Once you put in the name of the person you’re going to go on a date with, it checks that name against everything it has access to and provides it to you instantly. That makes this method incredibly quick and the best option for pre-date night background checks, no matter how little time you have to do them.

Staying Safe on Date Nights

Who hasn’t been on a bad date? It’s unlikely that even people that married their high school sweethearts can say that they haven’t. It’s just the law of large numbers. The more times something happens, the more likely an outcome is. Fortunately, you have tools available to make sure that a bad date stays as just a bad date and nothing more. There are many dangerous people out in the world, and making sure that you have some knowledge about someone’s past will allow you a higher degree of safety in general.

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