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Does a convicted sex offender live next door?

11:08 PM, Jun 23, 2013   |    comments
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JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- Most people don't know their neighbors, much less if there's a convicted sex offender living in their neighborhood.

The census bureau reports that over 75 percent of households have a computer or some other device like a smartphone or laptop.

If you're not sure if a convicted predator is in your area you can find out from the comfort of your living room.

There are several apps available. I downloaded the free app 'Life 360'.

A few minutes after creating an account and giving the program an address, it was able to show me the number of convicted sex offenders who are living in the area.

The information included names, address, their conviction and a picture. 

The app also provides information about other crimes in the area, such as assault or burglary.

So now that you have this information, what do you do with it?

The convicted sex offender has a right to live in the area as long as he abides by the law; i.e. registers his address, etc.

You have a right to let your neighbors know, just in case they don't already know.

You also have a right to watch the convicted sex offenders behavior. If you see a child around him or her, notify the police.

The child could be a relative, but neighbors should still let the police know and let them sort it out.

The last thing you should do is sit down with your child and let your child know who their neighbors are. It may also be a good time to let them know how to protect themselves.

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