Criminal background checks for the electronic security industry don’t discriminate. They just make sense.
Let’s amend that statement: Yes, background checks discriminate because they discriminate against criminals. In our industry, it’s important that a bond of trust exist between the alarm installer and the customer. For that to happen, the customer must have full faith in the individual coming into his home or business. We can’t have it any other way.
That’s why we support full background checks for folks seeking employment in the electronic security industry. Customers expect and assume our employees are screened. Trust is paramount to our success.
This is a public safety issue for our industry. The government is suing Dollar General and a BMW facility in South Carolina for the alleged unfair use of criminal background checks for job applicants, months after warning companies about how such screenings can discriminate against minorities. We believe criminals deserve a second chance, but a convicted felon should not be working in the security industry.
Most states that have licensing laws require criminal background checks for a reason – they understand public safety is a priority. Let’s hope our federal government understands the significance of these requirements for the security industry for the sake of our customers and their citizens. We can’t have it any other way. Let us know what you think.