How many times have you taken a recommendation from a friend for a sitter or a handyman? Ever been introduced to someone on a blind date?

Surely you didn’t verify their identity and check their background before going forward. And that’s absolutely expected because the recommendation came from a friend, right? And…you trust your friend’s recommendation.

But when things don’t go as expected, and you end up with a bad experience, that can get tricky. Imagine the babysitter, who came recommended, ends up being a bad influence and offers pot to your kids. You might later regret relying on word of mouth.

WATCH: How would a SafetyPIN help?

Remember… just because someone you know had a good experience doesn’t guarantee you will, too. Asking for someone’s SafetyPIN doesn’t make you a jerk, it makes you smart. Better safe than sorry…

Here are a few simple things to remember if asking for a SafetyPIN feels awkward:

  • Your #1 responsibility is to keep yourself, your family, and your home safe. Asking for someone’s SafetyPIN is the only proven fast track to trust.
  • Up to 40% of crimes go unreported. That means the person you’re considering MAY have stolen something or hurt someone and never even been charged…
  • If they act offended or just try to assure you you can trust them, that might be a sign that you should choose someone else. No recommendation is worth your safety.
  • After you verify someone’s SafetyPIN, you can feel great about recommending them to your friends and family every time, since every SafetyPIN regularly rechecks our members.
  • If someone you met online hasn’t applied for a SafetyPIN, you can send them the link or even for just $1!

And if they are denied a SafetyPIN after going through our comprehensive 4-pronged screening process, then you can rest assured that just by asking for a SafetyPIN, you’ve made yourself — the internet — safer.

Watch this short video to learn more about how asking for a SafetyPIN can keep you safer: