Eight Dollars?

In most of life “too good to be true” is quite obvious. Especially when you are purchasing products and legal or professional services. It is usually easy to convince the average consumer that  “you get what you pay for.”

Often these decisions are made based on personal needs. However, when we are responsible for personnel and manufacturing or producing products for others, most understand increased expectations require increased due diligence.

While this expectation is applied to consumable or durable goods and professional services, seldom do most apply this same logic to organizational safety.

One of the largest responsibilities an administrator, director or manager has is to ensure a safe and healthy working environment for their employees and customers. This increases production, limits liability, enhances safety and helps maintains profitability. This is why the hiring process is such an important part of a successful organization. One of the first steps to ensuring such an outcome is comprehensive employment background screening.

Why do so many continue to stake the reputation of their brand and the safety of employees and customers on an $8 background check?

What do you honestly think you get for $8?

What you will get is a computer generated document consisting of information generated from data bases containing only a small percentage of publicly available information. By best estimates, less that 20% of criminal history information is available through such databases.

In most instances this document will actually contain a statement similar to the following:

“This is NOT a CONSUMER REPORT and does not constitute a “consumer report” under the Fair Credit Reporting Act (“FCRA”). This report may not be used to determine the eligibility for credit, insurance, employment or any other purpose regulated under the FCRA.”

Essentially, you got what you paid for.

The return on investment from comprehensive employment background screening is widely known. While there are some who bypass the process all together, once you acknowledge the need and importance, your process must reflect the importance of your obligation.

If you want to know more about what you get online vs what we provide please call BGI at (616)239-1040.

You can also check us out at www.bgiassociates.com

Digital Forensics

It is increasingly common for digital evidence to be used in court to determine the innocence or guilt of a particular individual. Regrettably, it is not uncommon for an innocent person to be convicted or a guilty person to be acquitted because of digital evidence.

There are several reasons fort this. While the evidence might be compelling at first glance, it could be misleading. The defendant may also have limited financial resources to rebut the evidence. In some instances a defense attorney without prior digital forensic experience may misread the evidence.

Regrettably, some defendants are pleading guilty based on what appears to be overwhelming hearsay digital evidence without robust defense rebuttal. In these cases, the defense attorney

whose job it is to analyze the evidence, may simply not understand it. This is why external digital forensics consultants can be so important.

Do not allow digital evidence to be presented against you that you have not independently evaluate for accuracy. Your freedom may depend on it.

Learn more at BGI

It can happen to you

Over the weekend ISIS published a listed of U.S. churches in all 50 states urging its followers to strike at Christmas time.

We have been watching our allies in Europe experience violence in the name of Jihad at an unprecedented level. The terrorists have claimed responsibility for the murder of a French priest on Christmas day, the truck attack German Christmas Market, a similar truck attack in Nice, and last years attacks in multiple locations in Paris.

Although this is not a new phenomenon, it is a growing one. In early 2015 two members of the U.S. military stopped an Islamist attacker on a train in Belgium. While there is debate about the attackers’ motivation, his violent intentions were never in doubt. The actions taken by two trained US military personnel saved the lives of many. Training makes a difference.

Attacks such as these will only increase in frequency and severity. While we defeat ISIS and terrorists’ abroad, ISIS has openly pledged to go underground and spread small scale attacks all over the USA.

“On December 2, 2015, 14 people were killed and 22 were seriously injured in a terrorist attack at the Inland Regional Center in San Bernardino, California..” CNN

“Sep 18, 2016 – ISIS wing claims responsibility for Minnesota mall attack..” CNN

There are two primary things we can do to help stem this tide. First, you must Report Suspicious Activity to local law enforcement. Secondly, you should train and be prepared in the event it happens to you.

Where do you train? How do you stay prepared?

BGI offers Active Shooter Awareness Training to local businesses and organizations who want their staff to be prepared. Our training is universally applicable to workers, managers, students, parishioners, or any interested member of the public. BGI’s Active Shooter Awareness Training Course provides guidance to staff members so they can prepare to respond to an active shooter situation. The material provides recommended actions for individuals to take should they be confronted with an active shooter situation.

As an employer you must also remember your obligation under the OSHA general duty clause.An employer has a legal obligation to provide a workplace free of conditions or activities that either the employer or industry recognizes as hazardous and that cause, or are likely to cause, death or serious physical harm to employees when there is a feasible method to abate that hazard.” Potential workplace violence or active shooter are such situations. Since this is the case, an employer needs to make training available and reasonable safeguards must be put in place.

Now is the time to stop thinking it cannot happen here.

Learn more at BGI about how you can help keep those that depend on you safer.


Awareness is your best prevention tool.

An awareness of the workplace violence spectrum along with knowledge of prevention and response strategies help increase safety in the workplace.

Always take security measures and be prepared.

Workplace violence will continue to haunt all of our industries. If employees are trained on how to respond and have response plans and procedures to follow, then they can better protect themselves and ultimately be more productive.

Workplace violence awareness and preparedness training should be a part of every organizations current training schedule.

Let BGI work with you to help created a safer environment for your workers, manager and customers. 

Contact BGI today at (616)239-01040 or email us at info@bgiassociates.com

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Background Check Mistakes

When you let a computer run your background checks, you will inevitably have errors.

Online background check databases are simply computer driven name search databases. It is a computer generated report you are responsible for deciphering and validating.

In the news: Inaccurate background checks pose problems for renters 

If you read the fine print on all of these “background check” websites you will see the following disclaimer:

“This is NOT a CONSUMER REPORT and does not constitute a “consumer report” under the Fair Credit Reporting Act (“FCRA”). This report may not be used to determine the eligibility for credit, insurance, employment or any other purpose regulated under the FCRA.”

What this means is most of you are running background checks on a background check website, which send you a background report and emphatically states the information is not to be used to determine employment.

Stop using a computer as your sole source to screen and hire!!!

Call BGI to learn more…. (616)239-1040


BGI now has the capability to obtain forensic images of cell phones and tablets.

We know screenshots of text messages are commonly used in civil litigation, divorce case, child custody matters and much more. Understanding the rules of evidence, we also know simply excerpts of an otherwise extensive conversation may not meet the such rules.

Paper copies you make from device screenshots will not always be admissible as evidence.

If you have a case where text messages, call logs or voice mails will be used as evidence, BGI can create a forensic image of the phone or tablet and preserve the image for future use. We will maintain the proper chain of custody for all forensic images.

If you will be using evidence from a digital device in court, the device should be forensically imaged and the image should be properly preserved.

BGI forensic reports can be submitted digitally, allowing for logical analysis and presentation is court.

To learn more call us at (616)239-1040 or look us up at BGI

Staying aware … being prepared..

BGI is receiving great feedback about our Active Shooter Awareness Training Program. Thank you to our wonderful instructor!!

Do not allow the time between such tragedies to reduce your awareness of the need for such important safety training.

Active Shooter Awareness Training is increasingly essential workplace safety training. Do not get caught in a situation where you are not prepared. The information presented during our training may save your life.

If you are an employer, employee, manager or business owner who desires such awareness training, call BGI today. We will be happy to work with you and your organization to bring our training to you.

“Failure to prepare is a choice. Choose to prepare…” 

Call (616)239-1040 or follow the link below to learn more.

BGI Active Shooter Training

Why It’s Necessary to Outsource your Corporate Investigations

If something underhanded is occurring within your organization, you may already be too close to the matter to objectively and adequately investigate it.

Your insider knowledge will be invaluable, but your awareness and intelligence regarding the potential crime is where your involvement in a corporate investigation should end.

Our Professional Investigator’s job is to determine exactly what’s going on from the information you provide, gather further evidence of wrongdoing, and deliver the details you need. We handle the investigation while you focus on the day-to-day operations.

All of our industries are susceptible to fraud or deceit. How your organization responds will have a great impact on mitigating the potential damages and reducing future risks for you, your company, your employees, and your customers.

  • Employee Misconduct
  • Employee Theft
  • FMLA Abuse
  • Non-Competition Enforcement
  • Workplace Violence, Threats, Harassment
  • Fraud and Internal Investigations
  • Computer Forensics
  • Smartphone or Tablet Forensics

Always remember, the first line of defense for any organization is detailed knowledge of a candidate’s background at the time of hire. BGI strongly recommends and provides comprehensive employment background investigations for our clients.

To learn more check us out at BGI

De-escalation Training

De-escalation Training

BGI has partnered with Ret. Grand Rapids, MI Police Officer, John Riley to bring you what we feel is a highly effective training program. John has over 20 years of law enforcement experience. He specialized in de-escalating possible hostile situation through a number of techniques learned during his 20 years in police work.

Did you know that in most cases, you can prevent escalation of disruptive behavior with your own nonverbal behaviors?

Let John show you his proven methods to detect and prevent a hostile situation before it becomes violent or cost you a customer.

De-escalation training can have great benefits for any organization:

  • Less workplace violence incidents
  • Less use of force incidents
  • Decreased disciplinary actions
  • Decreased customer complaints
  • Increased customer satisfaction
  • Increased sales

Read more at: BGI Training 

Do you know who you just hired?

Should you allow anyone into your home before first ensuring the company who sent them or you yourself have conducted a background check on them?


“Reports also show that Dotto has a past criminal record. In 2009, he was arrested and charged with burglary of an unoccupied dwelling, third degree grand larceny and possession of a controlled substance.”  –CBS12.com

This company will and should be sued for Negligent Hiring.

If you are hiring a private contractor, it takes minutes for BGI to let you know if there is anything about their past criminal history that would indicate an elevated risk. This does not mean they are not capable, but it does mean inviting them into your home with you and your children may not be a good idea.

An applicant with a prior criminal convictions does deserve to work, but great consideration must be given to their particular assignment.

Prior to scheduling your next house call, ask the company if they do background checks on their employees and who they use to run the checks.

It may seem excessive to ask, but you have the right to be protected.

To learn more check us out at BGI