The first time I checked the sex offender registry, I was shocked. Only a few minutes from my college apartment there were at least five registered sex offenders. I made an effort to remember the picture of the sex offenders and avoid them at all costs, but is that really the right approach?
There are lots of sites where you can find where a registered sex offender is living. Most sites try to keep their records accurate, but there are times where addresses aren't updated. The following sites are usually reliable:
This site not only allows you to see the sex offender's address, but you can also get information on his/her description and crime. If you sign up on this site you will receive information about sex offenders moving into and out of your neighborhood.
Do you know who lives in your neighborhood? How many RSO's (Registered Sexual Offenders) live in your neighborhood? Is...
In the picture, you can see the different colored flags which indicate a different kind of sex abuse crime.The red and maroon deal with child sex abuse.
National Sex Offender Public Website
This site is run by the US Department of Justice, so it's usually accurate. You can also read up on tips about how to protect your children - and download the app to help keep your mind at ease when traveling.
This site not only shows you who the sex offenders are and where they live, but you can also look at other criminal activities that are going on around you.
This sitehas loads of helpful information, but you have to pay for it. You can learn about the average real estate cost, the demographics, school ratings, crime activity (including registered sex offenders) and weather trends in your area. It'd be helpful to check this out before moving to a new neighborhood.
Teach your children common safety procedures like not going into a stranger's home. If the offender is still on probation, you can contact your local police station to talk to their probation officer; feel free to ask any questions you have. Occasionally you will receive a public notice if an offender moves into the neighborhood.
Keep a watchful eye on the person and report anything suspicious to the police, but remember the offender could have changed their ways. Each of the offenders have been declared guilty for reason, but it doesn't mean they want to, or are going to repeat their crime. Be considerate, but cautious always keep a watchful eye.
Stacie Simpson is a FamilyShare staff writer. She loves listening to, gathering and sharing stories and advice to help others improve their quality of life. She spends most of her free time with her husband, ballroom dancing, reading and writing.