Friday, November 04, 2005

Family Watchdog

This site enables you to do a search by address to see if there are any sexual offenders
living in your neighborhood. The map is very interactive, you can look at a graphical map or you can get aerial photos. What I thought was especially thoughtful is that it shows where the schools and playgrounds are, as well as where the registered offender works.

What I don't like is when people use this information to harass a neighbor who might have been convicted of one of thes crimes. I think it should be just used so parents and caretakers of children can just be aware - something they should do anyway!

Although convicted, the people did do their time. They're not my favorite people in the world, of course...but at least this shows the people who are staying registered. There are tons more who are not registered, and I think they are the ones that should really scare us.

I have seen interviews of sexual offenders where they have said they want people to know, that knowing their neighbors know about their history, they feel that they might be caught if they try anything, so it helps to keep them from backsliding.

So use the site for your education, to become aware, but please do not harass people if they are living peacefully and lawfully now.


pamD said...

Glad to see someone else shares my thoughts about this issue.

Thanks for stopping by my blog!

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