Background Checking of Someone From Free Public Records
Have you ever wondered if
someone was a criminal, caught
for breaking the law? Mostly,
police reports are a matter of
free public records and can
contain a wealth of information.
A free public records is simply
information saved by a
authorities agency that can be
linked to a specific person. You
can complete a thorough
background check of someone
just by researching these
What type of information is in a
Examples of police reports may
include but are not limited to: domestic disputes, traffic accidents, thieving, fraud, assaults,
burglaries, and stalking incidents. Other information that may be available includes crime
surveys, crime statistics, calls for service, and traffic accident surveys.
Information that can be obtained from police reports includes identifying information of all
involved parties and witnesses, such as full name, address, phone number, date of birth,
social security number, driver's permit number, and any other identifying information. The
report can also contain motor vehicle information, as well as specific details of the incident
being documented, including any evidence recovered.
Where can I find a police record?
Access to these records varies greatly from one jurisdiction to another. In some areas, the
information may be freely available, while in other areas the information may only be
accessible to the parties involved in the incident or their agent (such as a lawyer). It is also
possible that the record of a specific incident is readily available, but the identifying
information of involved parties has been removed.
All requests for copies of police reports are made through the records division of the
reporting agency. Some have online services, and you can receive the information directly
over the Internet or through your personal e-mail. Other agencies require you to appear in
person to request the information. They will normally charge a nominal processing fee to