If you're thinking about moving into a new neighborhood, one of the first things you'll want to do is check if there are any registered sex offenders in the area. Unfortunately, many people neglect this simple step. However, you can accomplish this very simply and easily with Family Watchdog's registered offender search utility or though the NC Sex Offender website located here (http://sexoffender.ncdoj.gov/disclaimer.aspx)
Here's how it works:
- Navigate to Family Watchdog Search. You'll see three fields: last name, first name, and state.
- You must have at least a last name in order to use this search. However, you can get around this pretty easily simply by entering the first two letters of a name, such as "sm" or "ar". Obviously this is less than ideal, but let's keep going.
- Choose the state you want to search in, or, you can just let the utility search all states at once.
Family Watchdog Search is a good way to search for this kind of information; you can also use the The National/State Sex Offender Public Website for the most recent information available from all 50 states, the District of Columbia, and Puerto Rico for the identity and location of known sex offenders.