While there are several web sites that can help with locating sex offenders, I was interested when I stumbled upon a Facebook application that locates sex offenders in New York state. I found the new app easy to use – you can search by last name, zip code, or county. The last name is helpful if you know who you’re looking for, but I found the zip code or county searches to be most helpful. A friend of mine used a similar site recently to see how many sex offenders are located near houses she is looking at purchasing. Said friend is a mother of young children, and is not thrilled about the fact that there are dozens of sex offenders located within a few blocks of her current house. I will say that even if you find a place with no registered sex offenders near by, that doesn’t necessarily mean that there are no sex offenders – remember, it’s only finding registered ones. That said, I think apps like this are a great idea.
Any thoughts? Would you use an app like this?
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