You see it all the time. Every day the news is full of stories about peaceful neighborhoods shocked by a horrible crime committed by a sex offender living right under their noses. How many times have you heard the next door neighbor say “He seemed like such a nice, quiet guy. I can’t believe he would do something like this.”
It was after seeing one of these terrible stories on the news that it suddenly dawned on me. What if there are sex offenders in my area?
The thought hit me like a ton of bricks. There could be sex offenders in my neighborhood and I had no idea who or where they were. It scared the hell out of me. I started getting overly-protective of my kids, and I was suspicious of every man I passed on the street. I needed to find out if there were any sexual offenders in my area.
So I started doing some research online and I discovered that all sex offenders are required to register with the national sex offender list. This list contains detailed information on all sex offenders including their name, address, and details of the crime they committed.
I signed up with a website that allows me to access the list and look for sex offenders in my area. I entered my zip code and was relieved to find that none of my neighbors are on the list. Unfortunately, the towns neighboring my own have a sex offender living inside their borders. But just knowing that they don’t live right next door to me is a relief.
But what about you? How well do you really know your neighbors? The only way to know for sure is to check the national sex offender list