You don’t want to think about sex offenders living near you and your family, but if you have children, this is something that you want to know more about. If you have nieces and nephews or grandchildren that come to your home, you should know if they are safe or not. There are probably no more or no less of these offenders and predators out there than there have ever been, but now it is easier to find them. You just have to know where to look.
What you have to remember about a sex offender registry is that it is there so that you can protect your children. However, it is not there so that you can go out and harass someone. Some offenders are reformed, but you are never going to know which ones. They may not even be sure themselves. All you have to know is where they are living so that you can keep your children away from them. You don’t want your kids playing near their home, walking by them on the way to school, or engaging with them in any other manner.
You can find the sex offender registry for your area in a variety of ways. Your local news stations may have them linked right to their web site for easy access. You can also see if you can find a link through the search engines, or go to your state official site to get right on it and do your searching. These should be up to date and accurate.
When you get to the registry, you may have to do a few things. You are going to add your address to get a local map to come up. You also have to agree that you are using the map for personal safety information and not to find out where these people live to harass them in any way. Your information is recorded so that if something happens, you are going to be questioned in most cases. Keep that in mind.
Sadly, there are many predators out there that are not going to show up on the sex offender registry simply because they have yet to be caught in the act. When you are not sure about anyone, you can look for general criminal background checks and records to see if something else may be going on that would give you pause.
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