Family Watchdog

Family Watchdog

Bark at the Sex Offenders!

You want to keep your family safe, and more importantly, you want to know who is residing in your community.  Family Watchdog is a free service that lets you see the number of registered sex offenders who live in your neighborhood.  They created their resource to locate offenders and safety tips in 2005 after a tragic murder close to home.  It quickly became the national and then world resource to quickly find and locate someone near you.

Here's a look into the pros and cons of using Family Watchdog:

Pros
  • Quickly generates map of area searched for
  • Can help decide what area you want to move into
  • Can use in juridical conviction if needed
  • Free service

 

Cons
  • Loaded with ads
  • To get a background check of person identified you have to pay

 

How to Use Family Watchdog to Locate Sex Offenders

family watchdog instructions

You can search for a registered sex offender by name, address (street address, city/state, or zip code), or school/daycare.   Upon entering your data you will get a detailed map with colored markings. When you click the markings, you get such details as name, photo, conviction, and other pertinent information.

Here is an example of what showed up when entering 'Salt Lake City, UT' into the Family Watchdog crime search data:

Salt Lake City FamilyWatchdog Crime data

Yikes!  That is a lot of dots!

Here is a key for information regarding each dot shown on the map:

Red = Offense against a child (their home address)

Yellow = Rape

Blue - Sexual offense

Green - Other offense

You can click on any of the pins which will pull up the subjects picture, DOB and home address information.

Knowing this information provides you and your family with the best defense against these criminals, and that defense is awareness. For most people who utilized Family Watchdog, it is a wakeup call in being more pro-active in taking measures in making their home more secure.  It can help you plan where to move next, where to look for a job and much more.

Perpetrators

It might surprise you to find out who are the perpetrators of sexual abuse.

Here is some information:

- More than 50% of Abusers are Family Friends (Neighbors, Babysitters, Child Care Providers)

- More than 20% are Their Own Family Members

- Only 10% of Sex Offenders are Strangers; 90% of Abusers are People the Victim Knows

- More Than 20% of Abusers are Under the Age of 18

- Perpetrators are from All Walks of Life (Rich, Poor, Black, White, Etc.)

The National Center for Victims of Crime reports that 1 in 20 boys and 1 in 5 girls is a victim of child sexual abuse. Family Watchdog gives you a way to deter your children from becoming a statistic.

If you would like to keep an update as to when a registered sex offender moves into your neighborhood, you can sign up on the Family Watchdog website for email alerts.

In addition, Family Watchdog provides state registry information. Listed by state, you get the website, phone number, and email address in which you can contact a government agency if you want more information.

Safety Information

sex offenders registry

The Family Watchdog website also provides safety information. You can find out FDA Alerts, Food Allergies, Product Recalls, and Medicine Recalls. If you sign up for email alerts, you will get the latest safety information as well.

Family Watchdog is a knowledgeable tool to use in keeping your family safe and secure. It might be a little unsettling to find out how many registered sex offenders reside in your community; some might even live right in your backyard. However, as the saying goes, it is better to be safe than be sorry.

Conclusion

It is definitely smart to use a resource like this before moving to an area.  Even if you live in a 'safe' neighborhood you should check this frequently as people move in and out of your neighborhood.  We suggest securing your home with home security monitoring so if any sex offender did come in your home, you are alerted right away.

Hope this helps you understand and use their free resource and especially hope you don't find too many Red dots near you!

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