Are you part of the dating scene? Looking for the guy or gal of your dreams? Do you hit the bars, clubs, bookstores, or coffee shops in hopes of meeting someone? Or do you take a chance with online dating?
No matter how you go about looking for Mr. or Mrs. Right (or Right Now), one thing remains the same: you never really know the person you’re talking to. Sure, they could seem like a Prince or Princess Charming, but they could also be a wolf hiding in sheep’s clothing.
The Most Important Part Of Dating
Picture it: you meet someone online or you get set up by a friend. You agree to a date at a restaurant or café. You’re probably nervous, but a little excited and spend the time leading up to the date planning things out. You go and get a haircut and a new outfit. Then you select the perfect place for dinner. You even have a plan of what to do or where to go after the meal. But there’s one incredibly important thing that you probably won’t do: run a background check on your date before meeting up with them.
Don’t worry. You’re not alone. Most people don’t think to look into their date’s past. First, it never crosses their mind. Second, if it does, it doesn’t seem right, because running a background check doesn’t exactly say “romance.” Thirdly, doing a background check on someone is for criminals, right? Well… right.
Why You Should Run A Background Check On Your Date
There have been millions of bad dates throughout modern history. Many consist of people simply not clicking. Some have been due to unfortunate incidents. And others, well, they’ve been ruined because someone’s date was a criminal.
A recent story in the news told of one woman on a date who excused herself during the meal to go to the restroom. When she returned to her table, she found that her date ditched her. But he didn’t just leave her with the bill. Instead, he took her purse, stole money from the ATM, and went on a shopping spree with her credit cards.
Things could have been worse. There have been countless tales of women being sexually assaulted, or even murdered, on dates. But things go the other way as well. Men are targeted by females, too. They’ve been robbed, assaulted, and killed more often than you would think. The fact is, good relationships are hard to come by.
That’s why you should do some investigative work on your prospective love interest before you even leave the house. A quality public records directory can tell you if a person has any criminal records, gun permits, alternate addresses, aliases, and more.
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