The website Family Watchdog is an amazing site that helps people look up sex offenders. You can put in your home address or place of business and see which sex offenders live in the same area. You simply put in your address and it will bring up the exact addresses of sex offenders living near your home. You can e-mail results to yourself or to a friend to help keep them informed.
This tool is amazing to me as a mother. I am able to see how close sex offenders live to my young children at home. There is one only about seven blocks from us. It is nice to know that they are located there. I also felt relief knowing that none of them live on the street where I allow my children to play every single day.
Knowing where sex offenders live keeps me informed of my surroundings. I will not take my daughters to this home when it comes time to trick or treat or sell fundraisers for school. If my child wanted to go on this street alone, I would not allow it. I know that she can still wander a few streets away, but I am helping to prevent something from happening.
This is a great tool to use when shopping for a new home. Before you purchase the house, you can take the time to make sure you will not be moving in next door to a known sex offender. This can give you piece of mind that you are choosing a good area to raise your children. It can also keep you from making a huge mistake and moving in next door to someone whom you will need to worry about on a daily basis. Keeping yourself informed is very important. Be aware of your surroundings.
Many sex offenders have done their time and are now different people. At the same time, I feel like you can’t teach an old dog new tricks. If they did it once, that part of them that wants to do inappropriate things is still inside of them buried deep. You never know when it might come out again, and why take the chance with your children, whom you would do anything in the world to protect?