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Background Investigations

Fraudulent claims and cover ups by a staff member mask criminal histories and potential liabilities for corporations. An employee reports a co-worker’s abnormal behavior as a possible threat. Media outlets teem with reports of individuals who “just didn’t seem right” to colleagues before committing heinous acts of violence. In the U.S. alone, stalking victims represent 7.5 million in a single year.

It is scenarios like these which have urged companies and individuals to utilize background screenings as critical components to comprehensive investigations. AT-RISK proactively uses background investigations prior to employment. We also conduct screenings ahead of surveillance in threat assessment cases and use the findings to provide a more complete subject profile for investigators and clients. The factors within a background screening vary in scope and utility, however the fundamental goals of protecting people, companies and assets remain the same.

We provide all-inclusive services to vet individuals and entities to reduce exposure to risk and liability, including:

Pre-employment Investigations. Our investigators research employment, professional licensing, education, criminal, incarceration, sex offender and civil records. We look at property ownership, charitable giving histories and social media. Additionally, we facilitate drug testing of potential candidates. These items are coupled together to offer employers an overall, objective view of a potential employee’s history to assist our clients in making decisions regarding suitability of candidates.

Pre-surveillance investigations. Surveillance gives a bird’s eye view into the activities of a subject. When pre-empted by pre-surveillance background investigations, a detailed understanding is presented with regards to the how-and-why of a subject’s activities. This indispensable component of AT-RISK’s reconnaissance operations often assists investigators and clients in linking associations and habits with the present behaviors of a subject.

Threat assessments. Threat assessments are usually time-sensitive and reliant on a limited amount of information. The combined use of background screenings and investigations are critical to professional analysis as they often yield information which offer reasoning behind activities and behaviors. AT-RISK regularly performs background screenings as part of its threat assessment and management offerings to give a broad view of an individual. We provide research and analysis of risk factors, triggers, stabilizers, inhibitors, motivations, delivery method of threats and other components. Additionally, we utilize operational psychologists and compare similar threat cases to provide a detailed analysis of a subject to our clients.

Our holistic, comprehensive background screening process incorporates a number of specialized personnel, tools, and services including:

Multi-disciplinary team. From credentialed investigators to security and threat assessment professionals, operational psychologists and specialists from other relevant disciplines, AT-RISK delivers robust background screenings to serve a variety of client needs. We utilize current technology, and our knowledge of the legal and safety ramifications associated with backgrounding, to provide practical and relevant information to clients.

Integrated human and electronic investigation processes. To supply clients with pertinent information, AT-RISK leverages an extensive network of credentialed investigators and applies exhaustive information gathering techniques. Through this process, information is managed and analyzed much more in depth than standard internet-based background checks.

Global Security Operations Center (GSOC). AT-RISK maintains a 24/7 GSOC which provides online monitoring of potential threats and retains capabilities to provide real-time research and intelligence reporting to case workers.

Why now?

  • 78% of stalkers use more than one means of approach. Almost 1/3 of stalkers have stalked before.
  • In its 2016 Global Fraud Study, the Association of Certified Fraud Examiners reported that victim organizations without anti-fraud controls in place suffered twice as many median losses compared with those organizations with controls.
  • The 2016 AFL-CIO report “Death on the Job: The Toll of Neglect” noted that workplace violence is on the rise and that in 2014, 765 workplace deaths were caused by violence; 409 were homicides.

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