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20th of January, 2015

More background checks carried out in Birmingham than anywhere else in the UK

People living in Birmingham are almost ten times more likely to be background checked than those living in Cornwall new research released by the UK's leading online directory service 192.com has revealed.

Background reports can help prevent fraud, enabling people and small businesses to check consolidated information on workmen, potential employees or business partners and even protect themselves when online dating. In-fact, so far during January 192.com has seen a 20 per cent increase in the number of people using Background Reports to check a perspective partner they have met online.

With over one million people using 192.com every month there is a large demand for their Background Report product, the data from this shows the regions where people are most likely to find themselves being background checked. Another factor is increasing rental prices, with both tenants and landlords now taking extra precautions before renting, which may help to explain areas with increasing numbers of Background Reports. Bristol where the average rent has increased has made the most searched list whilst Newcastle which has one of the lowest average rents in the country appears on the list of least background checked locations.

Product Director for 192.com Dominic Blackburn said; "Since Background Report was launched we are pleased so many people have found it invaluable in combating fraud and reassuring people about who they are dealing with. Breaking down nationally which areas are the most and least searched shows that companies and individuals across the country are taking advantage of our background report service and are protecting themselves against fraud."

Other towns that featured in the list of the most background checked locations include Manchester, Glasgow and Liverpool all appeared in the top ten locations in the UK where people are background checked.

Whilst it appears those currently living in Edinburgh, Devon, and Essex are less likely to have background reports requested on them.

Background Reports by most common location:

  1. Birmingham
  2. Bristol
  3. Glasgow
  4. Manchester
  5. Liverpool
  6. London
  7. Leeds
  8. Southampton
  9. Cardiff
  10. Brighton

Background Reports by least common location:

  1. Cornwall
  2. Edinburgh
  3. Essex
  4. Devon
  5. West Sussex
  6. Newcastle
  7. Sheffield
  8. Swansea
  9. Cambridge
  10. Oxford

You can download a background report by visiting http://www.192.com/people/background-report/

Notes to editors:

A Sample Background Report is attached for reference. If you would like access and to download a report for editorial purposes please contact Press@192.com

About 192.com

192.com is the UK's most awarded online directory, helping find people, businesses and places for over 10 million users every month. On 192.com, users can search almost 700 million records including free directory enquiries, electoral roll information, local business listings, interactive mapping, aerial photography and property reports. Users can also background check people they've just met or people they're trading with online using our dedicated ID Check and Background Report tools.