Sex offenders are living in your neighborhood and you don’t even know it. When a person is convicted of a sex offense they are put into a state database depending on the extent and exact nature of their crime. Remember, this will vary from state to state. It is important that you check your state’s sex offender database so that you know where the sex offenders near you live. The purpose behind these databases is so that the citizens can be made aware of the presence of these offenders living in their neighborhoods.
Once you check the database you will most likely see that there is a registered sex offender living near you. You may be asking “what do I do now that I have found that a sex offender lives near me and my family” Let me tell you what I did when I checked the database. I live in Florida and I found the state sex offender registry here, and I found it very easy to use. I simply input my address and tell the system that I want to run a check of offenders living within 3 miles of my home.
I hit the search button and when the page refreshes it tells me that there are 41 registered sex offenders living within 3 miles of my home. It also allows me to click a button and it will bring up a map showing where these offenders live. Nice little tool. I was very surprised that there are 41 sex offenders living near my home. I live in a deed restricted neighborhood with lots of children running and playing at all times of the day and night.
41 registered sex offenders living near me has severely raised my caution level. I will print out there pictures and pay close attention to the 1 or 2 offenders that are living within walking distance of my home. I will also make copies of the pictures and give them to my neighbors and the neighborhood association. If I see one of these sex offenders approaching kids, watching kids, or acting suspicious, I will contact their probation officer or notify the local police (I do not live in the community where I work)
Knowledge is power and by knowing who the offenders are has given me the upper hand in protecting my small child and the other children in my neighborhood. I do not advocate harassing sex offenders who live near you because you do not know the entire background of these individuals and they may retaliate against you or your family. Having the neighborhood association write the sex offenders a nice letter advising them that the association is aware of them residing in the neighborhood and the rest of the community will be made aware.
I would also have your neighborhood association or crime watch call a meeting and invite a member of the local police department to attend to speak about registered sex offenders. Prior to this meeting, I would go door to door and invite all the residents to the meeting to make them aware. If a meeting is not possible or you do not have a neighborhood association, I would organize a door to door operation where you hand out copies of the sex offenders. You will then have hundreds (maybe thousands depending on the size of your neighborhood) of eyes watching out for these sex offenders.
If a sex offender decided he wants to commit another sex offense he will most likely not do it in a neighborhood where the residents are aware of his status as a sex offender. Many sex offenders have served their time and are trying to be honest and productive members of society, but many also commit further sex offenses. Many sex offenders in my opinion cannot be rehabilitated and will not stop trying to commit sex offenses.
Warn your children to stay away from these individuals and report any suspicious or odd behavior observed to the local police. Do a Google search for your state’s sex offender database (florida sex offender database, etc) and educate yourself about the sex offenders living near you.
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