By Dave Jordan
Do you know if sexual offenders are living in your neighborhood, near schools or daycare facilities?
North Carolina's Sex Offender and Public Protection Registry has around 12,000 convicted sex offenders listed. The intent of the registry is to allow all of us to check and see if sexual offenders might be living near us. The state says the registry was created to "Protect the public, increase awareness, keep the public informed and allow them to take proactive measures to ensure safety in their communities. Use of this information to threaten and intimidate people on the list is subject to criminal prosecution."
The sex offender registry has about 12,000 people on it. I recently did a check and found several dozen people on the list living within several miles of me and my family, and my kids school.
Have you ever checked out the registry to see who may be living near you? I encourage you to do it to increase your own awareness. You can find a link on our homepage.
You can also leave your comments here about our series on tracking sex offenders and what you think of the state keeping such a registry.