A couple of years ago we received a postcard in the mail informing us that a sex offender had moved into our neighborhood. There was a picture of the man and a list of the crimes he had committed. Our neighborhood was abuzz and parents made sure their children knew what he looked like and to stay away from his house.
I am sure that most of the families in the area have forgotten what he looks like if not the fact that he still lives in our neighborhood. The National Sex Offender Registry is a very useful web site that will show you where sex offenders live in your neighborhood. All you have to do is type in your zip code and a map will come up showing you the work and home locations of those convicted of offenses against children, rape, sexual battery and other offenses.
Not only that, but if you click on the work or home location, a picture of the criminal will pop up along with his/her description, address and a list of their offenses. I just re-checked our neighborhood and noticed another offender less than a mile from our home. We were never informed about this guy. At this time, there are three sex offenders less than two miles from our home.
We live in a nice neighborhood. You just might want to check yours too.