Criminal Checks: Ensuring Safety and Compliance

Introduction Criminal activities often lurk beneath the surface. The reality we face today is that criminals don’t wear labels; they often look and act just like any other member of society. While we constantly engage in transactions and employ numerous individuals in our personal and professional realms, ensuring their integrity is vital. Criminal checks have been devised to help us discern the backgrounds of those we employ or interact with. Here’s a deep dive into how these checks work, particularly in the South African context.

Criminal Checks: A Closer Look We now live in a world where technology has made it easier and quicker to verify someone’s background. In South Africa, criminal checks are conducted using biometrically captured fingerprints, ensuring alignment with established laws. The process relies heavily on the AFIS (Automated Fingerprint Identification System), a cutting-edge tool that compares the taken fingerprints directly against the South African Police Services (SAPS) database.

How the Process Works

  1. Criminal by AFIS:
    • A check is conducted using a set of electronically captured fingerprints.
  2. Turnaround Time:
    • Standard: Reports are typically available within 24-48 hours.
    • Premium: A faster service that provides results in as little as 5 business hours.
  3. Storing and Future Use: Fingerprints are stored in a secure cloud-based system. This means that if there’s a need to “re-check” an individual’s records in the future, one can do so remotely using only the person’s name, surname, and ID number.
  4. Flagging System: If a candidate’s name appears in the system under “Possible Illicit Activity Detected,” the report generated will flag it as “SAPS Verification Requested.” Following this, a detailed SAPS police report mentioning any pending trials or convictions will be dispatched within a span of 1-6 weeks.

Convenience Matters Recognizing the need for flexibility and the importance of time, we have mobile units equipped to visit your location. If you’re in Johannesburg, our Certified Biometric Officers (CBO) can come to your premises for fingerprint capture at a nominal extra charge. Furthermore, for broader reach, we have various fingerprint capture stations established nationwide.

Conclusion The world is changing rapidly, and with these shifts come new challenges. Ensuring the safety and integrity of those we bring into our businesses and homes is of paramount importance. Criminal checks, particularly those backed by biometric verifications like in South Africa, have emerged as a reliable solution. They offer a blend of accuracy, speed, and convenience, making it easier for individuals and businesses to foster trust and build lasting relationships.