Dallas Morning News // North Texas Business Becomes First in Area to get C.A.U.S.E. Certification
Crime Blog: Dallas Morning News
The Consumer Awareness of Unsafe Service Employment group, or C.A.U.S.E., has certified its first North Texas company, Mr. Handyman, which serves southwest Denton and north Tarrant counties.
The group, founded in 2004 by Lucia Bone of Flower Mound, pushes for businesses that employ home service workers to conduct complete background checks before they are hired and offers its C.A.U.S.E. certification to businesses that agree to adhere to certain safety and security standards, primarily annual background checks of employees.
That issue is important to Bone because her sister, Sue Weaver, was raped and kill in Florida by a man who had once come to her home to clean air ducts. An investigation later showed that the killer was a convicted sex offender who was on parole when he first came to Weaver’s home about six months before the August 2001 slaying.
“Tragically, Sue’s murder is not an isolated case,” Bone said. “Alarmingly consumers are assaulted and murdered each year by people whose jobs allow them access to their victims.”
The C.A.U.S.E. certification means that Mr. Handyman has agreed to maintain annual, extensive background checks on all employees who do work in their client’s homes.
“We are very pleased to be certified by SueWeaverCause” said Michael Riley, owner of Mr. Handyman. “Our company is committed to providing professional maintenance and repairs performed by service technicians who have passed C.A.U.S.E. Certification screening standards as well as drug testing.”