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Sex Offenders in Your Neighborhood?

Kourtney, a guest blogger at MomLogic, was surprised to learn that there were sex offenders living in her neighborhood. She writes, “When we got home that night, I checked the sex-offender website to see if any lived near us. Chances are, I thought, there’d be one or two. But I was disturbed to find out that there are SEVEN within a one-mile radius—and two of them are IN MY NEIGHBORHOOD.”

She then called her local school principal and the director of the parks department to see if they were aware of the sex offenders. Both were, and fully aware of their names, addresses, and what they looked like, which was reassuring to Kourtney. At least a little reassuring.

In case you didn’t already know, Life360 offers a sex offender tracker that lets you plug in your address to see where sex offenders are in your area. Check out Offender360.

From MomLogic.

  • angelaakinniyi

    I am on the email list for the national Family Watch dog email list for updates for my neighborhood at :
    http://www.familywatchdog.us/

  • Charity S.

    I appreciate this post. I always want to be aware of who's in my neighborhood.

  • http://intensedebate.com/profiles/paschott paschott

    I appreciate the link to Family Watchdog. I have checked this before and we don't have a lot of offenders in our neighborhood, but it's good information to know or at least be aware of. Of course, using some common sense can go a long ways to help keep our kids safe in the first place.

  • http://ricettebarbare.blogspot.com/ Barbara

    I really appreciate this post: I didn't know the existence of Offender360.

  • http://intensedebate.com/profiles/leesawho leesawho

    Good post. Life360 is good but many states also offer free services to locate offenders living in your neighborhood. I've checked mine out and there are two registered offenders living within a mile of my home.

  • Anna

    it can be scary when you see who the friendly neighbor down the street really is.

  • http://www.daybydaysavings.blogspot.com Kim

    We checked with the sheriff's office before we moved to our house.

  • Kevin

    We checked before we moved, I will be moving again soon so I will be checking again!

  • Noel

    My boyfrined and i looked on there and found that one of his employees is on the sex offender list.

    • http://intensedebate.com/people/kevinlife360 Life360

      That's awkward! How do you deal with something like that? Do you ever bring it up?

  • http://twitter.com/RePurrPussed @RePurrPussed

    WOW! I went and just did the zip code check and they stated "We found 104 offenders near you!" INSANE!!!!!

  • http://twitter.com/FotoMacro @FotoMacro

    My local sheriff's office for the county I live in has a sex offender search and notification via email program that I am signed up for. It is disturbing but good to know who is around you. One incident that I will never forget was this: I got an email update for a new sex offender moving into my 1 mile radius. This update includes their photo and what they served time or were arrested for. The man in the picture was the man that had just been in my home selling me a new roof!!! FREAKED me out and made me even more determined to have my husband home with me when we have service calls like this!

    • http://intensedebate.com/people/kevinlife360 Life360

      It's great that your local police department does that! Do you live in a pretty big county or a small one?

  • http://icefairystreasurechest.blogspot.com/ icefairy

    It's good to know how to keep track of sex offenders in the neighborhood. Thanks for your free service.

  • Sharon

    I check the Offender360 site and found out there are 0 offenders near me. Good to know–the up-side to living in the middle of nowhere I guess!!

  • Patrice

    I have checked the list for sex offenders, and found out that there is one on my street, in the next block. There are also a few more in my vicinity.

  • Patricia

    My area isnt in the list but I think it is one excellent idea.

  • Anna

    I found a sex offender living down the street and he is on the path that the kids walk to catch their buses. I called the local police and school and of course, they said there's nothing anyone can do about it. basically, it's better to know about the guilty ones.

  • http://www.facebook.com/bethw737 Beth Warren

    I've checked, there's nobody in my town but I don't have kids so it isn't as huge a concern (at least for pedophiles,though adult rapists, still a concern). A number live in a bad town 15 mins away but I avoid that area.

  • Betty Nations

    We are grandparents and my husband has checked the list. We often have one or more of our grandkids and we felt it was extremely important that we know in order to provide safety for our grandkids.

  • http://mangia-bella.blogspot.com mangiabella

    thanks for this post – i do check the sex offenders list frequently – i think it's so important to be aware of who is moving in and out of the neighborhoods when it concerns our children's saftey –

  • http://enroutetolife.blogspot.com/ Kelly B

    It is so funny to see this post. I literally was looking on Friday because I was curious. We have received notices in the past via mail when a sex offender has moved into the neighborhood, but the fact is that people come and go so often now with the changing economy, there could be many people who are unaware because they might not receive a mailing. Thank you for the post. I will definitely be looking into Offender360.

  • Craig Wiggins

    Didn't really care to give out my credit card info for the trial period

  • Elizabeth p

    We have such a small town I didn't expect to find more than one or two. There are 29 in my tiny town.

  • http://www.facebook.com/maju.fernandez1 Maju Fernandez

    it's actually one of the best tools to be aware of sex offenders but is still a bit scary :/

  • Ashley

    im on the watchdog email list too.. so scary!

  • rebecca

    I've used Watchdog and just checked again. Thankfully no one new is in the area although I wish I could say no one was in my area at all. I wish they would have to wear some kind of "scarlet letter" for the rest of their lives to warn others of their depravity.

  • http://rosiegirldreams.com Jeanine E

    Yes, I have checked before. Thanks for sharing this with other parents who may have been unaware. A great resource.

  • ~ Joy ~

    These lists can be confusing and misleading AND often give people a false sense of security. First of all, not all of those listed as sex offenders are 'pedophiles' or 'predators'. MANY of those listed are young males who have had consensual sexual activity with a female. However, because the male was an adult and the female was a minor, it is considered a sexual offense (child molestation, statutory rape, child exploitation, etc.) These are consenting couples where the male is 18 or 19 and the female is 15 -17. In my opinion, it is WRONG to charge these men with a felony and then make them register as a sex offender for the rest of their life. ALSO, most of the offenders who actually register and check in with the sheriffs office on a regular basis, as required, are typically NOT the ones you have to worry about. The most dangerous pedophiles do not register, they can't hold a job and they move around so much that law enforcement can not keep up with them. Those are the ones to worry about. Actually, it all goes back to teaching our children the basics. Role play about stranger danger AND teach them that it's absolutely NOT OK to let any family member touch them in inappropriate places. Most child abuse is committed by a friend or member of the family, NOT by someone you don't know.

  • Jacob LaFountaine

    I check about once a year even though I don't have kids

  • http://jchaas.blogspot.com Chantal Haas

    Wow, we are moving to a new city and I think this will be very helpful to me and my family.
    I guess it's good to be careful about where your kids are at all times, no matter who lives in your area.

  • Melanie

    Thank you for this information!!!! This is so scary….

  • Jan Ackerson

    I've checked my neighborhood, and also those of all of my family members. You can never be too safe!

  • http://cfcoklahoma.org Rod

    Your children and grand children have a greater chance of being on the sex offender registry than being molested by a stranger.

  • Loona

    I agree Rod
    You guys want to be scared, let the cops bust in and arrest your 18 year old for having sex with his 17 year old girlfriend and then sit through some BS trial to find out that your baby is going to prison for 10 years for having sex with his girlfriend of 9 months.
    C'mon people this sex offender stuff has been carried entirely too far!

  • francie

    My 17 year old son is on the registry. It appauls me how all of you can think that all sex offenders are dangerous! Only 4.6% of the registered offenders re-offend. This could even be a speeding ticket that causes a re-offense. The actual rate is aprrox. 1.7%. Shame on all of you for not allowing an offender the right to live his/her life without persecution! These people have served their time! So have murderers! I'd much rather have a person convicted of a sex crime live next to me than a murderer! Their recidivism rates are 70%!!!!!! Think twice before making statements caused from media and websites like this one! They are making money off of your fear! Do the research and know what you are talking about before you allow big companies to make up your minds and steel your money!

  • paschott

    There's nothing necessarily wrong with being informed. I'm well aware that not all sex offenders are dangerous. Loona's comments represent one type of sex offender who really shouldn't be lumped in with the group that we normally think of when we hear the term. I agree that it's sad that something like that is counted and I know someone like that myself. He's a nice guy, but it's really tough for him to find a job sometimes.

    That being said, I've checked some of these sites to know who has moved in around me. I don't check them often and I look at the actual crime with which they were charged. I haven't seen anything really alarming near me. It doesn't hurt to know and if you really look at the details, I think it's better to know than not. You shouldn't fly off the handle about it, though. :)

    (And out of curiosity, what bumped this post back to the top where it's getting comments again? This is a pretty old post.)

  • brian

    Stop beliving the lies. This is exagerating fear mongering. Accoring to U.S. Department of Justice statistics after a 10 year research, less than 5% of the people on the registry are dangerou. Your children are 10 times more likely to be sexually assaulted by a first time offender. Your children are even more likely to be hurt by a careless driver.

    This is nothing more than fear mongering to get you to spend your money on unnecessary and useless information. The registry is useless. Because of the fear mongering, politicians are in a race to add as many people as possible to the registry. VERY few people on the registry are dangerous, and many of them have never hurt anyone. yet because of fear mongering like this, these peoples lives are over. Please dont' support this madness

  • fima

    I tried your search. You are asking for credit card number for ID and later to charge some fee. I do not think a lot of people will join this site.
    This information is free on sex offenders web sites. Why people need to pay you, because you are hungry for money?
    Very creative in money grabbing. People may protect them self without a middle man like you
    Just type in google "Sex offender registry" and click one time. May be some scared people got so scary.they forgot the basics.
    Please do not scare people to death, please. Get real and do something usefull

  • TedS

    Please don't let these sites and services give you a false sense of security. Most sex crimes are committed by friends, relatives and trusted acquaintances. And, sex offenders have a recidivism rate of only 3-5%. 97% of sex crimes are committed by people NOT on the registry. Protect your kids from Grandpa, Uncle Billy and the babysitter first and foremost, PLEASE.

  • http://www.oncefallen.com/ oncefallendotcom

    None of these sites ever mention certain facts, such as how very few registrants re-offend, nor the amount who are on the registries for stuff like teens sexting or having consensual relations with other teens, or public urination. Nor do these sites remind you that 95% of sex crimes involve individuals not on that list. I doubt they'll mention the vast majority of people victimized knew the perpetrators. The reality is it is all about making money by spreading fear. Vigilance should never stop with a list which tells you nothing about charcter, only a past.

  • Jeff

    Just because someone is on the sex offender register does not mean they are a threat. These people have been convicted of an offense, have served their sentences and are now trying to return to law-abiding lives. Harassing and continuing to punish these people for crimes they have already paid for is wrong. Those in power are trying to control the weak-minded through fear and hatred and I pity those who buy into any of this.

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    Maria who is the Rental Agent at Sahara Palms Apts. Protect Rapist Daniell Grant, for some unknow reason.Thier relationship is unknow at this time. She was over heard laughing at how The Victim was tormented and RAPED she thought it was funny how Grant talked about victim.Ms Grant who resides at the apts. Danielle Grant 23, of Las Vegas is a RAPIST, she and another man used a date rape drug on Victim at Sahara Palms Apartments 2900 El Camino ave. apt 170, Danielle L Grant sodomized the victim with a plunger. She is lite skinned 4’6 to 4’7 and she drives a Black Ford Focus, She works as an dental assistant during day. STOP her please. Victim is too ashamed to tell Police. Memory just now coming back. Danielle L Grant MUST BE STOPED. She is a drug addict and dealer ( Lortab and Meth,weed ) sometimes works as a Vegas Escort/Prostitute when she needs money. If you have information on her criminal activities Please contact the Las Vegas Police Dept.

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  • tabatha

    I love life 360 I reather keep me and my kids safe then to belive everyone when I don’t have time to ask everyone who pops up as a sex offender what they did yes its true there are many different reasons someone can become a sex offender but dose not mean I would let my kids play out side by there selfs or go to someones house I don’t know. And if anyone wants to fight about this sex offender is not as bad as that one then you shouldn’t have kids putting your kid at risk is wrong.

  • Dimplez926

    how often is this updated?

  • Kevin

    Looking for a list of sex offenders in center of Janesville area near my home

    • life360lizz

      Hi Kevin,
      If you install the app, you can view them based on location on the Family Map.
      We don’t have a standalone list within the app.

  • Katy

    Who do I talk to about there not being a sex offender on your list on your app that should be?

    • life360lizz

      Hi Katy,
      We receive that data from a service provider; we have no way of adding or editing information that is shown.

      • Skeptical

        Who is the service provider and how do we know it is accurate info?

        • life360lizz

          Thank you for contacting Life360.The data we display on our offender mapping system is based on publicly available information, and it is our policy to remove people from our list only after they have been deleted from all local, state, and federal government-affiliated publicly available databases nationwide.